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Welcome to our final newsletter of the year. 2022 has hurtled by so very quickly and has been full of wonderful, stimulating and important book projects. Even so, we are all looking forward to a summer break. But first, there is one more book to launch! Do please read on and thank you for your support and interest over the past year. We look forward to sharing more terrific books with you in 2023.

Ngā mihi nui
The Te Papa Press team

Te Papa Press was very sad to learn from Audrey Eagle’s daughter Alison that her mother died last week, at the great age of 97. Audrey was a renowned botanical illustrator whose monumental two-volume book Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand won both the Montana Medal for Non-fiction and the Illustrative Book section of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2007. It is a book of which Te Papa Press has always been enormously proud, and it is a mighty legacy. Kua hinga te tōtara o Te Waonui a Tāne.
Te Papa botanist Heidi Meudt has written a blog tribute to Audrey here

At last! A book to accompany Te Papa’s ground-breaking exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War. Over three million visitors have been through the exhibition since it opened seven years ago but until now there has never been a companion book. Well, here it is, an information-packed overview of both the campaign and the exhibition developed in partnership with Wētā Workshop that tells the story of those caught up in it. 

It’s written by Christopher Pugsley, Sir Richard Taylor, Puawai Cairns and Michael Keith, all of whom bring their insights and expertise to the task. With over 250 images and maps, and fold outs of all six of the exhibition’s ‘giants’, we think this is a must-have.

Read more here

Look inside here

Read the 10 Question Q&A with the authors here

Buy here
PUB DATE: 1 December 2022 | NZ RRP: $35 | ISBN: 9781991150950 | Limpbound, 250 x 190 mm, 256 pages


Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War
  • Listen to Sir Richard Taylor’s RNZ Nine to Noon interview with Kathryn Ryan here

Native Plants of Aotearoa and Native Birds of Aotearoa
  • “well-researched, thorough and informative, they can be prized as much for their appearance as their contents ... The subjects are represented by clear and matter of fact drawings” —North & South
  • “Small, but delightful” —Howard Davis, Scoop
  • “[Native Plants of Aotearoa] is a small and sturdy hardback ... it would be perfect to carry with you when you are out and about exploring our natural environment with whānau or friends” —Lyn Potter, NZ Booklovers
  • Native Plants of Aotearoa was included in NZ House and Garden Magazine’s Christmas Gift Guide for 2022

Robin White: Something is Happening Here
  • Selected by NZ Listener as one of their Best Books of 2022: “This book is so well designed and constructed that the text and reproductions perfectly convey the complex intertwining of the artist’s life and art in a clear, compelling way.”
  • Reviewed in the Summer 2022 Edition of Art New Zealand: “reading the book is as close to a multi-media experience that the printed page can produce, and a complete biography emerges: life, art, faith, relationships, experiences."
  • Listed on Donna R's Best Aotearoa Book Covers of 2022

Hei Taonga mā ngā Uri Whakatipu | Treasures for the Rising Generation
  • “reveals a much more complex story of intellectual relationships, knowledge brokers and Māori aspirations. It offers a history of anthropology, collecting, material culture and museums which readers will find fascinating.” —Angela Wanhalla (University of Otago), New Zealand Journal of History, Volume 56, Number 2 (October 2022)


Congratulations to Simon Pollard and Phil Sirvid, whose Why is That Spider Dancing? The Amazing Arachnids of Aotearoa has made it onto the Storylines Trust's Notable Book Lists 2022. It’s been a stellar year for this fun- and fact-filled book for young readers – it was also a finalist in the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Look inside here
Buy here


To celebrate the publication of Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War we have two copies to give away to two lucky newsletter subscribers.

To go in the draw please email by 9 December. Please note that this offer is only available to our newsletter readers in New Zealand.
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