Students, visitors and staff enjoyed a wonderful time at the Whitireia Publishing programme end-of-year graduation party on 11 November.
We celebrated not only the ten publishing projects this year’s students worked on but also 25 years of the publishing programme, which was reflected in charming silver décor created by the graduates. The 25th anniversary was also acknowledged in the party playlist, which featured songs in reverse chronological order from 2018 to 1993 (and back again).
As well as great speeches by Te Auaha Director Victoria Spackman, head tutor Helen Heath and student rep Emily Brill-Holland, we very much enjoyed our guest speaker Claire Murdoch, who gave an insightful and entertaining speech that touched on her experience of the publishing industry and her love of Patti Smith.
The Andrew Mason Prize for Most Promising Editor was awarded by Tim Mason to Emily Brill-Holland. This annual prize, offered by the AV and JM Mason Trust, acknowledges and encourages editors starting out on their careers. It remembers Andrew Mason, a widely admired book editor who worked on some of New Zealand’s most significant publications and who died in 2009.
Thanks so much to everyone who came along and helped us celebrate!