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High Spot Literary welcomes the opportunity to work with publishers actively seeking out International Rights deals

Mākaro Press is 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 NZ literary fiction. Our 2019 novel Auē by Becky Manawatu won the prestigious Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction and the MitoQ Best First Book of Fiction 2020, and The Sound of Breaking Glass by Kirsten Warner won the MitoQ Best First Book of Fiction 2019.


We publish a limited number of books each year in the traditional way, covering all the costs ourselves — such as The Wild Card and Harriet and the Eye of the Bird – but our resources are finite. For the majority of our books, we ask for a contribution towards the costs of production and marketing — varying amounts depending on the genre and size of the project. This can be from Creative New ZealandBoosted or PledgeMe campaigns, or any of a number of other sources. We also ask our authors to commit to working alongside us during production and promotion. 

In turn, we bring our experience and skills to the project. We manage, edit, design, typeset and market each book to the same high standard, and we’ve got strong relationships with others in the book industry: printers, distributors, booksellers, librarians and reviewers, as well as professional and governmental organisations.


Awa Press is an independent, innovative and wholly New Zealand-owned company. Founded in 2003 to publish and promote the best of contemporary non-fiction by New Zealand and overseas authors. Our name is derived from a Māori word meaning river or channel. We think of ourselves as the fount of a river of books.

We have two passions: one, of course, is books. We love books that are creative, imaginative, daring and accomplished. All the people who have written the books on our list are, to our way of thinking, heroes. Anyone who sits facing a blank page (or more often a screen), day after day, translating thoughts into words, deserves to become a millionaire. Most, though, will be lucky to make a few dollars. They write for another reason, love of words perhaps, or just the thrill of seeing someone reading their book on a bus.


Based in Auckland, New Zealand, under the shadow of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), we aim to reach out to the world with a range of carefully crafted works, each destined to become much-loved stories, told by New Zealand authors and illustrators.


We use our expertise to publish titles that babies through to young adults will love  – stories that reflect Aotearoa New Zealand's landscape and experience while promoting our substantial literary tradition to the world. These works may not always be set in New Zealand but will emanate from our uniquely talented pool of authors and illustrators

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