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Mākaro Press is Nielsen Book Publisher of the Year 2021


A publisher in Aotearoa New Zealand, we take our name from Mākaro Island which is in Te Whanganui-a-Tara just across from Eastbourne – our tūrangawaewae, the place we stand, and where we began publishing in 2013.

Mākaro and Matiu were the nieces of the great explorer Kupe, travelling with him from Hawaiki to New Zealand in the tenth century. He named the two Wellington harbour islands after them. Little is known of these women but we think of them as being – like all exceptional travellers – imaginative, curious and courageous. Perfect touchstones for publishing in the digital era.

We are currently only publishing New Zealand literary fiction. Our 2019 novel Auē by Becky Manawatu won the prestigious Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction, the MitoQ Best First Book of Fiction 2020 and the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel, and we have sold the worldwide English rights to Scribe in Australia, and translation rights to a number of countries including France, Turkey, Bulgaria and Uruguay.

Victory Park by Rachel Kerr and The Sound of Breaking Glass by Kirsten Warner were both winners of the MitoQ Best First Book of Fiction (one in 2019 and one in 2021), making it a hat trick for Mākaro at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. 

Our 2021 title is Entanglement by Bryan Walpert. 

Until 2019 we published fiction, poetry, children’s books, memoir, biography and journalism, including those under our Submarine imprint, which is for books where authors contribute towards the costs of publication. 

For rights to Mākaro titles please contact High Spot Literary.
For rights to Mākaro children’s books please contact us directly, and our contact at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is Sophie Siers of Millwood Press. 
New Zealand booksellers, our distributors are David Bateman

Read the story of Mākaro Press here

Publishers Mary McCallum and Paul Stewart
at the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults at
Government House, Wellington, New Zealand.