We are proud to present the VUP Classics collection, celebrating more than half a century of stellar publishing at Victoria University of Wellington.

The first four titles will be published in August.

In the following months and years we will draw on the full range and depth of our publishing legacy to bring you many more celebrated bestsellers, award-winning classics and forgotten gems.

The first four VUP Classic books will be released with an instore display poster, available to all booksellers who order the titles.




Bill Manhire

First published in 2005, Lifted won the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.

‘Manhire shows not only his mature formal skills but his ability to look unflinchingly into the heart of things. He is a poet in which a sly sense of humour is coupled with a respect for whatever truths a poem can wring out of experience.’
—Billy Collins


The End of the Golden Weather

Bruce Mason

First performed in 1959, The End of the Golden Weather has become a part of New Zealand history, a touchstone of New Zealand experience.

Unable to earn a living as a playwright in a country without a professional theatre, Bruce Mason presented, in fear and trembling, this story of a young boy’s extraordinary summer on a beach. Between 1959 and 1978, when illness forced his retirement from the stage, he performed it nearly 1000 times, in theatres, school halls, church halls and community halls throughout New Zealand.


Ngā Uruora

Geoff Park

First published in 1995, Ngā Uruora took the study of New Zealand’s natural environment in radical new directions.

Part ecology, part history, part personal odyssey, Ngā Uruora offers a fresh perspective on our landscapes and our relationships with them. Geoff Park’s research focuses on New Zealand’s fertile coastal plains, country of rich opportunity for both Māori and European inhabitants, but country whose natural character has vanished from the experience of New Zealanders today. Beginning with James Cook’s Endeavour party on the Hauraki Plains, and then the New Zealand Company’s arrival in the valley that became the Hutt, Park takes us through the river flatlands where the imperatives of colonial settlement transformed the original forests and swamps with ruthless efficiency.



Kate Duignan

First published in 2001, Breakwater is the critically acclaimed debut novel by the author of The New Ships (VUP, May 2018).

A young woman and the baby she didn’t plan, an older woman and the daughter she might lose, are brought together by the accidents of life in this moving first novel.