What We Do

An important part of the role of PANZ is to represent publishers’ interests to industry and government. The PANZ advocacy team is fully aware of the importance of informing the relevant government and industry bodies of what the key industry issues are and how we can work effectively together.

PANZ is supported in this by its strong support from the publishing industry. The Association hosts a diverse mix of general, literary and educational publishers. Its members range from small independent niche publishers to the large multinationals.

Advocacy, Statistics and Industry Representation

PANZ represents the industry on:

  • WeCreate
  • Copyright Licensing New Zealand Board
  • New Zealand Book Month Board
  • Book Trade Liaison Committee
  • Book Awards Trust (BAT)
  • New Zealand Book Council
  • Whitireia Diploma in Publishing Advisory Committee

Industry Statistics

Economic contribution of the New Zealand book publishing industry 2015 was released by PwC in November 2016. This study highlights the economic contribution of the New Zealand book publishing industry in terms of employment, GDP and wider impacts.

PANZ represents the industry to:

  • Creative New Zealand
  • Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Education New Zealand
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

PANZ is a member of:

  • WeCreate
  • International Publishers Association

PANZ Manifesto

Publishers for a stronger, better New Zealand

Council Members

PANZ is an incorporated society headed by a President and 7 council members.
The Council is supported by an Association Director and a Membership Services Manager.
Each council member manages a portfolio representing a key element of the industry.

Julia Marshall
PANZ President

Portfolios: Advocacy, Finance, International
Julia is Publisher of Gecko Press

Peter Dowling
Immediate Past President

Portfolios: International, Advocacy
Peter is Publisher at Oratia Media

Melanee Winder
Vice President

Portfolios: Awards, Professional Development & Training, Finance. BTLC board member, Book Awards Trust representative
Melanee is Managing Director of Hachette New Zealand

Alex Collins

Portfolios: Education, Domestic & Secondary; Advocacy Education
Alex Collins is Managing Director at Lift Education

Claire Murdoch

Portfolio: Professional Development, Training,
Claire is Head of Publishing at Penguin Random House New Zealand

Craig Gamble

Portfolio: Member Communications
Craig is Publishing Manager at Victoria University Press

Tom Rennie

Portfolio: Copyright
Tom is Publisher at Bridget Williams Books

Nicola Smith

Portfolio: Education, Export, Primary, Literacy
Nicola is Managing Director Director of Essential Resources

Catriona Ferguson
Association Director PANZ

Katherine Shanks

Katherine Shanks
Membership Services Manager

Our Partners

International Publishers Association

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is an international industry federation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing. Its mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness for publishing as a force for economic, cultural and political development. Around the world IPA actively fights against censorship and promotes copyright, literacy and freedom to publish.

Copyright Licensing
New Zealand

CLNZ is the organisation that licences educational institutions and other organisations the right to photocopy parts of books for their use or the use of their students in return for a fee. CLNZ was set up in 1988 and has been instrumental in protecting authors and publishers rights and ensuring they are fairly compensated for the use of their works since and continues to be jointly owned by PANZ and NZSA.

Creative New Zealand

We work closely with both the Creative New Zealand local and the international teams to raise the issues that affect our industry and help our members receive the assistance they require to help their business grow. Creative NZ are strong supporters of the association and PANZ manages a number of grants on behalf of Creative New Zealand for our members.

Education New Zealand

Education New Zealand has supported our educational publisher members with their export initiatives in recent years.

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

MFAT have supported both the New Zealand Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour and TIBE 2015 Guest of Honour projects.

Whitireia Publishing

The Diploma in Publishing is a well recognised qualification for our industry. We place three graduates each year into PANZ member companies through a six month intern programme funded by Creative New Zealand.