Welcome to Rangitawa Publishing

Rangitawa Publishing is a small publishing company based near Feilding in the North Island of New Zealand. My purpose is to help and encourage writers to improve, publish and market their work. I recognise the limited opportunities available to authors in New Zealand but believe there are many ways to overcome this that can lead to success. The craft of writing can be hard work, lonely and frustrating but with professional help and guidance most authors can produce work that is worth all the effort and immensely readable.

"If you write about the things and the people you know best, you discover your roots.
Even if they are new roots, fresh roots... they are better than... no roots."

Isaac Bashevis Singer


Rangitawa Publishing is a Trade Associate of Booksellers NZ.


Sweet Bitter Waters - Carole St Aubyns $35

New Zealand historical romance at its best. Romance, murder, kidnapping and mystery all combine to make an enthralling story. See the review page. 


The Walled Garden - Scott Eastham $38

A collection of prose, poetry and photography by the late Dr Scott Eastham of Massey University celebrating Mount Lees Reserve near Feilding. 


The Room - Ann Darcy $25

New Zealand science fiction for 10 - 14 years. See the Review page for details

Reflections  - $28

A wonderful collection of modern New Zealand poetry by established author and poet Dorothy Alexander

Radio interview

Listen to Jill Darragh interviewed about Rangitawa Publishing


 Episode 5  RSA/Rangitawa Publishing


The Rangitawa Collection 2017

A collection of 19 stories from our award. $28

The winner of our Short Story Award is Tracy Solea. Congratulations. Details on the Writing Comp. page

Our books are now available on Fishpond post free.

 The Alfred & Isabel Reed Fund offers a grant for books about the Otago region. For details https://otagosettlers.org.nz/publications

Join the Rangitawa Book Club

Huge savings on all our books. Go to the Book Club page for details and support New Zealand authors.


All our books are available on Amazon Books, from Rangitawa Publishing (plus postage) or on request from good book shops.

A Distant Belonging - Tony Chapelle  $38

Follow the further history of the Gilbard and Ashcott families.

Taming the MG Dragon - Mereti Taipana-Howe $25

A personal story of one woman's courageous fight through the auto-immune disease Myasthenia Gravis.

Voices - Suraya Dewing $35

A new collection of short stories by the author of Bend with the Wind.

Granny Dalton & the Case of the Disappearing Cornerstone - Murray Crawford. $28

The second in the series about Wanganui identity Granny Dalton. Along with Lizzie Leathem she uncovers a history of murder and mystery.

A Book of Kiwi Limericks  $18

A collection of limericks about Kiwi icons by Peter Low.

Out of My Mind $35

A short story collection by Nelson author Rose Conroy.

Awahuri Forest-Kitchener Park $15

Information and colour photos to raise funds to preserve this wonderful ancient forest near Feilding, New Zealand.

 Orphanage Boys  By A.N.Arthur  $38

This best selling New Zealand historical novel is based on the abuse and privations suffered by two young brothers left at the Stoke Orphanage in Nelson while their father seeks work on the West Coast. Losing touch with each other, they are re-united at the Great Strike of 1913.


Everyone has a Story $35

A collection of stories written in serial form by New Zealand and international authors who are members of the online writing platform The Story Mint. Read the review on the Review Page

Real World Proven Business Practices by

Peter Alexander  $37.95

A practical guide to setting up a new business or improving an existing one. Suitable for tertiary students and experienced business owners.


 Our Short Story Competition winner is Chhavi Breja.

The Rangitawa Collection 2016 

A collection of the best 35 stories entered into our competition $30

Northern Rock Light

A new collection of award winning short stories from Justin Eade. Many of these have been read on Radio New Zealand. Justin writes with humour and pathos in these beautifully written narratives. $28.

 The Youngest Son

A companion novel to Merely a Girl. Tony Chappelle's latest novel continues with the story of Tom Gerold who struggles with his status as the youngest son in Victorian times. $35


 Personality Disorder by Megan Florence

The winner of the Rangitawa Young Adult novel competition 2016. This novella is now available on Amazon or here $28. Read the *****Amazon UK review on our review page

Three Archaeologists & a Cat the new young adult novel by Barry Faville is now published $28 Barry is a former winner of the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year and his books have been translated into German, Spanish and Dutch.

Granny Dalton and the Firebug a new young adult novel from Murray Crawford $28


Childrenz Stories 2016  $25

A selection of 60 of the best entries in our competition.


"Rena" - a new novel by Laura Nicholas-Grieve $35

A moving story of a young Maori girl struggling to cope with her traditional tribal upbringing versus her love for a European settler.

 Merely a Girl - a new novel by Tony Chapelle $35

A young Victorian woman of mixed ancestry copes with the conservative attitudes of her local community.

Read the comments about this book from Maurice Gee on the Review Page



Scribes of a Heart Led Man by Jason Batt is now available $30. Levin poet Jason Batt has put together a collection of deeply emotional work that will appeal to the serious lover of poetry.



Rooster McGurk - Unsung Colonial Hero (& Reluctant Virgin) By Murray Crawford. $35

Our latest publication is a fast moving novel about the capture of a British soldier by Hau Hau leader Titokowaru during the Taranaki land wars. Rooster, who has an unearned reputation as a ladies' man finds himself enslaved with Kimble Bent and forced to fight against his fellow countrymen. A well researched narrative that treats the cruelty and brutality wreaked by both sides with an even hand.  This novel is reviewed on our Book Review Page.


 "Bend With The Wind" by Suraya Dewing. Highly praised by Witi Ihimaera. $35

This book has now been reviewed on Flaxflowers.




"Original Sin and other stories" by award winning author Tony Chapelle is now available. Read the comments on this book by New Zealand author Maurice Gee on the Review page. $28



 The Secret Club

A children's book designed as a teacher and parent aid to combat bullying. Available in our e-store.


Halcombe Heroes World War One

For those interested in Manawatu history this book lists all the soldiers from the village of Halcombe who fought in World War One and whose names are listed on the Halcombe War Memorial and the Halcombe School entrance. Available in our e-store.


Creative Writing Course

Our new writing course is now available. Click on the Writing course tab. to find out all the details.


 Mentoring Service announced

RANGITAWA PUBLISHING wishes to encourage all new authors by offering a FREE mentoring service.

"The Case of the Distant Relative" has won the IPR License Agents Pick of the Month in the UK. David Haviland of the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, London, gave the following quote,"This is an intriguing detective mystery, with an excellent sense of the historical period and context, engaging with powerful themes regarding women's emancipation and domestic abuse."