Victoria University Press is New Zealand's leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, and a scholarly publisher specialising in NZ 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 Fiction

VUP's fiction list features many of New Zealand's foremost writers, including Barbara Anderson, Catherine Chidgey, Damien Wilkins, Elizabeth Knox and Eleanor Catton. VUP  has a special mission to discover new writers, and has recently published first books by Hera Lindsay Bird, Danyl McLauchlan, Dylan Horrocks, Ashleigh Young and Sarah Laing, amongst others.

VUP Poetry

VUP also has New Zealand's strongest and most vibrant poetry list, featuring many emerging poets, alongside prize-winning Jenny Bornholdt, James Brown, Brian Turner, 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 and te reo Maori. Our non-fiction is viewed in broad, culturally diverse and interdisciplinary terms, embracing studies of New Zealand's past and present and how these may shape the future.


VUP People

Publisher: Fergus Barrowman

Publishing Manager: Craig Gamble

Editor: Ashleigh Young

Editor: Kyleigh Hodgson

Editor: Jasmine Sargent

Publicity Manager: Kirsten McDougall




Blair McRae, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement (Convenor)

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

Kate Hunter, Associate Professor School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Lawrie McColl, Publishing Consultant

Fergus Barrowman, Publisher


Information for Booksellers

Victoria University Press 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

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