Massey University Press

Massey University Press publishes award-winning books across a range of genres.

Our list includes history, design, art, biography and memoir, agricultural science, veterinary science, poetry, architecture, social issues and children’s.

Books published under the Massey Texts imprint are high-quality textbooks that primarily relate directly to papers offered by the university.

The Press’s offices are at the university’s Albany campus in Auckland. For details please visit our contact page.

To view our catalogue, click here.

About the Publisher

Nicola LegatNicola Legat ONZM is the founding publisher of Massey University Press. Her list reflects the Press’s core principles of ‘explore, explain, engage’.

Nicola was Publishing Director of Random House New Zealand (now Penguin Random House New Zealand). During that time, Random House won the New Zealand Publisher of the Year Award seven years in a row.

She is also a former editor of Metro magazine and a member of numerous literary and publishing organisations, including Chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Charitable Trust and Deputy Chair of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival Trust.

Nicola leads a team of highly experienced editors, proofreaders, designers, project editors and indexers, and the press is committed to delivering a superb standard of service, author care and market support.

The Editorial Board

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Anna Brown

Professor, Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University

Anna Brown is a book designer, educator and researcher who works with visual artists, curators, art historians and musicians. She has taught editorial design, typography, and courses about the future of the book. Anna is the Director of Toi Āria — Design for Public Good, a research unit harnessing design for positive social change. Prior to joining Massey, she ran her own design business with a specialisation in book design.

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Kerry Taylor

Head of the School of Humanities and director of the W. H. Oliver Humanities Research Academy at Massey University

Kerry is an historian whose work has been mainly on the history of the left and political dissent, and the history of material culture in New Zealand.

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Kevin Chapman

Publisher, Upstart Press

Kevin Chapman has been in book publishing for over thirty years in New Zealand, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. He has worked in general trade publishing and book packaging, and prior to starting Upstart Press was Managing Director of Hachette NZ (previously Hodder Moa Beckett) for over fifteen years. Kevin has been heavily involved in publishing industry activities for many years, including as a former president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand.

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Darryn Joseph

Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata, Massey University

Darryn teaches te reo and Māori creative writing to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Te Pūtahi-a-Toi. He is an award-winning author of children’s books and adult short stories written and conceived in te reo Māori.

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Jodie Hunter

Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata, Massey University

Jodie Hunter is a lecturer in the Institute of Education and teaches papers in the area of mathematics education and Pasifika education. She has previously worked in the area of mathematics education at Plymouth University, United Kingdom, in the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include effective mathematics teaching and culturally responsive teaching for Pasifika learners.

Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped to shape lives and communities in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching and cutting-edge discoveries make it New Zealand’s defining university.

It is located across three campuses — in Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington — and is also New Zealand’s leading distance-learning university, with strong international links to its programmes.

Massey University is known for groundbreaking research, the applied nature of many of its teaching and research programmes, its contribution to land-based industries, its distinctive mix of campus-based, distance and international teaching, and its commitment to innovation and academic excellence.

He pātai auau Frequently asked questions

Yes, under the MasseyTexts imprint. We are especially interested in textbooks designed to be used in degree papers within the university itself.

What’s different about Massey University Press?
• We don’t believe in ‘camera ready’ copy. It’s too error-prone. Massey University Press textbooks are fully edited and proofread (twice).
• Our textbooks have a fresh contemporary design.
• Our skilled editorial and production team is readily available and will take the burden off you.
• We can help you create a book that’s tailor made for your course.
• We can put these books in the market for at least one third of the cost of international textbooks.
• The financial return from course IP developed at Massey stays with the university.

Here’s what the authors of the books above have say about working with us:

‘Massey University Press provided excellent professional support and guidance throughout the publishing process. We especially appreciated their integrity and the innovative, out of the box suggestions to ensure an exciting and inviting text for social work students was created.’ — Kathryn Hay, Michael Dale and Lareen Cooper, School of Social Work, authors of Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand

‘Having our publisher on-site at Massey meant that communications were easier and often in-person. This made the publishing experience so much more seamless. The staff worked closely with us until we were satisfied that we had got it right.’ — Andrea Bennett and Carolyn Wirth, College of Business, authors of Fundamentals of Finance

For more information, contact the publisher, Nicola Legat:

We may decide to publish these under our Massey Symposia Series imprint. We would discuss with the organiser whether papers are to be published as a limited run with targeted distribution, or whether the collection might also have a place in the wider book-trade environment. The peer-reviewed papers would be published to a very high standard in an attractive book format.

No, but we are interested in hearing from authors who have a thesis that could be reshaped into a book. For more information on things to keep in mind, please refer to our notes on turning your thesis into a book.

If you wish to make a submission, please follow our standard submissions guidelines.

We welcome proposals from both Massey researchers and authors outside the university that fit our publishing programme. If you wish to make a submission, please review our submissions guidelines first. Please note that our Annual Ink imprint does not accept unsolicited submissions.

We back all of our books with a full sales, marketing and publicity programme appropriate to the nature of the book. We will also take full advantage of any social-media opportunities.

In most cases we will publish an ebook edition simultaneously with the print book edition. Ebook editions will be widely available on all leading ebook retailer sites.

Where applicable, we will work with international distributors to ensure that your book gets to markets in Australia, the Pacific, North America, Europe and Asia.

We appreciate the support of New Zealand’s best booksellers, but if your local bookstore does not stock our titles you can also purchase them directly via our website or as ebooks downloadable from Amazon, Google, Apple and Kobo online stores. Our titles are available in North America via IPG, in the United Kingdom and Europe via Gazelle Book Services, and in Australia via John Reed Books. Our New Zealand distributor is David Bateman Ltd.

Yes, you do. Please contact us with details of the material you wish to reproduce.

Yes. If you are tertiary student requiring an accessible format of one of our publications please direct your enquiry through the Disability Service at your institution of study.

Domestic deliveries take up to five working days to arrive.

International deliveries take up to 14 working days to arrive.

Ebook orders are usually processed within 24 hours, however, purchases made on the weekend or on a public holiday will be processed the next working day.

If your order is being shipped to a New Zealand address and has not arrived within five days (14 days for international orders), please contact

No, you are not able to track your own order. However, if you email us at, we are able to track your order for you.

Massey University Press will meet its obligations under the Consumer Guarantees Act. If your book is damaged, please let us know as soon as possible and we will arrange for a replacement copy to be sent. We do not offer refunds if you change your mind about a purchase.