Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Māui — Sun Catcher chosen as Storylines Notable Book

The Storylines Children's Literature Trust of New Zealand has this morning named Māui — Sun Catcher as a Notable Book 2017.

Storylines selected 33 outstanding New Zealand children's and teen's books published in 2016 to make up the Notable Book list.

Māui — Sun Catcher, which Oratia published in November 2016, was one of 12 titles in the list of Picture Book Notables 2017.

"The awards, given since 2000, are a respected yardstick for the best children's book published in New Zealand each year," said Dr Libby Limbrick, Storylines Trust Chair.

Written by Tim Tipene and illustrated by Zak Waipara, Māui - Sun Catcher retells the myth of Māui catching the sun in a modern setting — where Māui is a young city boy struggling to make life better for his people.

Tim and Zak will receive award certificates at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Days in Auckland on Sunday 2 April.

For more on the book, click here

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bullies and Warriors keeps going strong!

Tim Tipene
Tim Tipene's junior novel Bullies and Warriors is now back in its latest reprint. 

A perennial favourite in schools and libraries, this novel for 8 to 12 year-olds confronts bullying in schools via the story of a bully, his victim, and how they resolve the issue. 

Going to school is a misery for Sean - whatever he does to avoid the school bully, Mark Thomas and his mates always catch up with him. 

But then the kids are enrolled in a programme to address self-control and care for others, leading to some surprises for all. 

Bullies and Warriors is here to stay.

Bullies and Warriors • Tim Tipene
ISBN: 978-0-947506-30-8   RRP: $24.99

Specs: 198 x 129 mm portrait, PB, 100 pp

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front

‘The best and most comprehensive book on New Zealand’s experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front.’ — Professor Tom Brooking
In this compelling illustrated history, Matthew Wright conveys the momentous impact that the First World War wrought both on the front lines and back home – changes that continue to echo in twenty-first century New Zealand.

In The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front, historian Matthew Wright goes to the heart of how the First World War affected the lives of ordinary New Zealanders. The book analyses what it was like for New Zealand soldiers at the two main battle fronts where they fought, and frames it with the social effects back home.
Beginning with an outline of pre-war New Zealand society, Wright portrays the extraordinary world of war into which its young men plunged as they entered the baptism of fire at Gallipoli. The end of innocence that the withdrawal from the Dardanelles implied led to a harder, more fatalistic approach in the theatre of mechanised death that was the Western Front. By war’s end, hope and glory had faded, replaced by a new view of military heroism – in a country forever changed.
Click here to find out more and to order the book.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The way to celebrate Waitangi Day

Big ups to Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust for hosting the outstanding Waitangi @ Waititi event for Waitangi Day yesterday. On a superb sunny day, a big crowd at Hoani Waititi marae got to enjoy top-notch entertainment, appearances by political leaders and celebrities, and an official powhiri to welcome on Prime Minister Bill English.

Very impressive to see musician Rob Ruha live also. Rob translated the Māori text of our Māui - Sun Catcher and at the end of his set, gave away a copy to a lucky tamariki. Kia ora Rob!

For more, see

Ngā mihi mahana ki ngā kaiwhakahaere me ngā kaimahi kātoa.

Rob Ruha and band in full swing

Rob doing a giveaway of Māui - Sun Catcher

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Season's Greetings from Oratia

Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

We are now closed for the holidays and will reopen on 9 January 2017.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Manuia le Kerisimasi, ma le Tausaga Fou

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année


Fröhliche Weihnachten
und ein gutes neues Jahr

¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

Bom Natal e Feliz Ano Novo

聖誕快樂 新年快樂

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jeremy Bliss is Oratia's new South Island sales rep

Changes to South Island representation

Since 2009, Peter Gray has been the sales representative for the South Island for Oratia.

Peter Gray
Our association with Peter goes back to the days of Reed Publishing, and he has been a valued part of our sales team.

Now Peter has decided it is time to retire, and he will be finishing work on 31 December.

Peter’s calm, efficient manner and his dapper fashion sense will be much missed. 

We join with his many friends in the book trade to wish him all the best for the years to come.

Fortunately we are able to welcome a new team member who also has deep experience and a fine reputation in the trade.

Jeremy Bliss will become Oratia’s South Island sales representative from 1 January. 

Jeremy has been a book rep for many years, and works for the Books r us group alongside other clients.

He maintains a monthly cycle of visits to stores around the island from his base in Christchurch.

For any South Island sales enquiries, please contact Jeremy:
027 494 7473

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