Wai-te-ata Press is a space to explore books and print in all their myriad forms.

In the new knowledge economy, "book" might be a four-letter word, but it's also an endlessly fascinating and seductive material object. Books provide a fascinating window on the world, whether you create, consume, or preserve them.

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Italian Language Week 2023

Wai-te-ata Press hosted an exhibition of choice booklovers' delights from THW-VUW's Tapuaka Heritage and Archive Collections and celebrated the 100th anniversary of Italo Calvino's birth with a book launch.

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Ruth and Oswald L Kraus Innovator-in-Residence

Congratulations to second year NZSM student, Cadence Chung, who has been named our inaugural Innovator-in-Residence. She will be working on an exciting project combining music, poetry and zine-making.

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Wai-te-ata Press hosts world premiere

We celebrated Chinese Languages Week with the world premiere of “Chinese Colours” a composition for mezzo-soprano and piano by second year NZSM student, Cadence Chung, based on a poem by NZ’s Poet Laureate Chris Tse.

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The Voice of Kaishu: A typographic journey

This exhibition is accompanied by public events, including a documentary screening and self-guided art trail for lovers of language and typography.

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The Single Object

A new video series tells powerful stories about objects that have shaped New Zealand culture. Watch the latest episode about New Zealand’s only collection of Chinese types, and read an essay by artist Kerry Ann Lee.

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An amazing endowment

The inaugural Dan and Una Chan & Laywood and Joyce Chan Residency at Wai-te-ata Press will be launched in 2023.

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