Massey University Press

Massey University Press was launched by Massey University in 2015. It publishes scholarly works by both the university’s top researchers and non-Massey authors alike, across a range of topic areas.

The list reflects Massey’s aspiration to be New Zealand’s defining university, shaping our nation and taking the best of New Zealand to the world. Building on Massey University’s international reputation in specialist subject areas, Massey University Press focuses on agricultural science, food research, veterinary science and practice, public health, creative arts, education, psychology, history, Māori Studies, military and strategic studies, social issues, social work and business.

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

Massey University Press’s list has several strands:

  • Massey Symposia Series and Academic Series: Books with a sharp academic and research focus.
  • Massey Defence and Security Series
  • MasseyTexts: High quality textbooks and course readers that relate directly to papers offered by the University, written by the university’s academic staff.
  • Annual Ink: This children’s imprint is a partnership with School Journal editor Susan Paris and children’s author and commentator Kate De Goldi. It will publish books in the junior fiction age range, 8–13 years.
  • Massey University Press: This imprint covers a range of titles: books of high academic provenance and audience, occasional themed collections of writing on issues of public moment and interest, and books of interest to the intelligent general reader.

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.

About the logo

logoThe distinctive Massey University Press logo was designed by Anna Brown, of the College of Creative Arts, and reflects Māori design and spiritual values, embracing the notion of baskets of knowledge to underline the significance of education and higher learning.

The Editorial Board

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Anna Brown


Anna is a design educator, researcher and practitioner. She is Associate Professor in the College of Creative Arts where she is Director of Projects and Partnerships. Anna is an award-winning book designer and for many years 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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Sam Peterson

Senior lecturer in agricultural science, science and veterinary science

Sam is also editor of the journal of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production.

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Robyn Munford

Professor of Social Work

Robyn works with practitioners in a range of social service agencies and community settings to provide learning opportunities that enable practitioners to develop innovative approaches to practice with individuals, families and communities.

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Jackie Sanders

Director of the Children, Youth and Families Research Project

Jackie’s interests are in the study of children and families, evaluation and planning for social service delivery, and the development of new models of practice.

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Kevin Chapman

Publisher at 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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Ingrid Horrocks

Associate Professor, School of English and Media Studies

Ingrid Horrocks holds a PhD from Princeton and is Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing at Massey University, Wellington. Her wide-ranging body of work includes a monograph, Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784–1814 (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Travelling with Augusta, 1835 and 1999 (Victoria University Press, 2003), and the travel essay, ‘Gone Swimming’, runner-up in the 2017 Landfall Essay competition.

The Advisory Board

Professor Claire Robinson
Head of the College of Creative Arts

Professor Ray Geor
Head of the College of Science

Professor Jane Mills
Head of the College of Health

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley
Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science

Professor Kambiz Maani
Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Research, College of Business

Dr Malakai Koloamatangi
Pasifika Directorate

Professor Huia Jahnke
Māori Directorate

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.

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.

Massey University Press will meet its obligations under the Consumer Guarantees Act.