Victoria University of Wellington Press is Aotearoa New Zealand's leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, and a scholarly publisher specialising in New Zealand history, biography and essays. Founded in the 1970s, VUP now has a backlist of over 600 books in print and issues on average 35 new titles every year. VUP has a special mission to discover new writers.

VUP Fiction

VUP's fiction list features many of Aotearoa's foremost writers, including Barbara Anderson, Catherine Chidgey, Damien Wilkins, Pip AdamElizabeth Knox and Eleanor Catton

VUP Poetry

VUP has Aotearoa New Zealand's strongest and most vibrant poetry list, featuring emerging poets such as Oscar Upperton, Tayi TibbleFreya Daly Sadgrove and essa may ranapiri, alongside the widely acclaimed poets Jenny Bornholdt, Tusiata Avia, James Brown, Brian Turner, Hinemoana Baker, Dinah Hawken, Vincent O'Sullivan and inaugural NZ Poet Laureate Bill Manhire.

VUP Non-Fiction

VUP publishes vital work in a wide range of subjects, including New Zealand history, law and public policy, biography and memoir, literary studies, art and architecture, Pacific studies, te reo Māori, and personal essay. Our non-fiction is viewed in broad, culturally diverse and interdisciplinary terms, embracing studies of Aotearoa New Zealand's past and present and how these may shape the future. Some of the critically acclaimed authors of non-fiction we have published are Rose Lu, Shayne Carter, Rachel Barrowman, Ashleigh Young, Maurice Gee and Chessie Henry.

VUP People

Publisher: Fergus Barrowman

Publishing Manager: Craig Gamble

Editor: Ashleigh Young

Editor: Kyleigh Hodgson

Editor: Jasmine Sargent

Publicity Manager: Kirsten McDougall

Publicity Assistant: Tayi Tibble


Blair McRae, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement (Convenor)

Bill Manhire, Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters

Rebecca Priestley, Associate Professor/Reader Wellington Faculty of Science

Lawrie McColl, Publishing Consultant

Fergus Barrowman, Publisher

Information for Booksellers

Our books are sold to booksellers in New Zealand by Archetype/Allen & Unwin and are distributed in New Zealand by Upstart Distribution,

Please note: all books sold directly by VUP are 'firm' unless otherwise arranged. 


Many of our titles are now available as ebooks and can be purchased via ebook retailers, including MeBooks.

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