Impressive Publishing Heritage
In the 19th century, Dunedin companies were New Zealand’s leading printing, papermaking and publishing innovators. Historically, firms such as Coulls Somerville Wilkie, A.H. & A.W. Reed and John McIndoe have been of national importance. Today Longacre, established in 1994 and since acquired by Random House, continues to operate under its own imprint.
The University of Otago Press releases about 20 titles annually, and numerous small presses specialise in poetry, hand-printed books and historical reprints. The Otakou Press operates 19th-century hand presses and encourages creative collaborations between artists and writers through its Printer-in-Residence programme, and numerous small presses also specialise in poetry, hand-printed books and historical reprints.
The Otago Daily Times was New Zealand’s first daily newspaper and the city also supports a number of community newspapers. Dunedin-based Natural History New Zealand are also producers of excellent environmental documentaries on a global scale, and are highly regarded as expert storytellers with state-of-the-art production facilities and a global distribution network.