Mākaro Press is a publisher in Aotearoa New Zealand. We take our name from Mākaro Ward Island which is in Wellington harbour just across from Eastbourne – our tūrangawaewae, the place we stand, and where we began publishing in 2013.
The story goes that 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 publish NZ fiction, poetry and creative memoir – including books for children and young adults. All of these feature in our first Mākaro book Eastbourne, an anthology launched December 2013. We are up to our third release in our HOOPLA poetry series, which is launched every April, and in our second year producing Mākaro Fiction titles : Janis Freegard’s The Year of Falling, Maggie Rainey-Smith’s Daughters of Messene, and this year’s crop Strip by Sue Wootton and a reissue of A Surfeit of Sunsets by Dulcie Castree. Our non-fiction titles include David Cohen’s Greatest Hits, Peter Godfrey: Father of New Zealand Choral Music by Elizabeth Salmon and Cancer and all the other shit by Lauren Wepa.
The Submarine imprint includes a brace of successful young adult books: the multi award-winning The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland, and Sylvie the Second by Kaeli Baker, shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards in 2016; Ashton Wylie finalist A Sense of More Than; bestselling Better Send-Off by Gail McJorrow and our Submarine Poetry series with nine slim volumes in the line-up.
The imprint name Submarine comes from the submarine boom built between Mākaro Island and Eastbourne in WWII to stop submarines entering the harbour. It also provided an excellent bridge to the island for the nimble of foot.
Publisher Mary McCallum and assistant publisher Paul Stewart
at the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015 at