The highly regarded Whitireia publishing programme is New Zealand’s only training course for publishing. It teaches the whole publishing process, from manuscript to bookstore.

Developed and run in partnership with publishers, the course is modelled on an apprenticeship. At its heart are practical experience, mentoring and industry contacts.

Our Courses 

Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

The year-long Diploma in Publishing (Applied) is based at the Wellington city campus. The course is run as a publishing office where students produce a range of digital and print publications while they study. They undertake work placements in publishing firms, and hear from numerous guest speakers including publishers, editors, designers, sales reps, publicists, booksellers and authors.

Diploma in Publishing

The online diploma maintains an industry focus and individual feedback while providing flexibility for students to study alongside other commitments. It is ideally suited to students with some experience in the industry or with existing networks to help them hone practical skills. The four modules of the diploma can be studied individually.

Introduction to Editing

The editorial module of the Diploma in Publishing can be studied online. An introduction to the practice and principles of editing, this course suitable for those new to editing or those who work in editorial roles without formal training or peer support.

Editing Masterclass

Learn from established book editors and receive individual feedback and peer support through workshops, forums and online course material. This course improves skills and expands opportunities for experienced editors already working in publishing.

Find out more about our courses at the Whitireia New Zealand website or phone 0800 944 487.


Rachel Lawson

Rachel Lawson has been the programme leader since 2004. With an overview of the online and applied courses, she also tutors in the Wellington class and runs Whitireia Publishing, mentoring the production work undertaken by publishing students. She has worked in the book trade since 1992, primarily for Victoria University Press, Allen & Unwin and Te Papa Press. Her roles have covered the full publishing process, including developing proposals, mentoring new writers, editing, production and promotion.


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Graduate Certificate in Editing
Editing Masterclass
Diploma in Publishing (Applied)
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Whitireia Publishing
Level 2, 15 Dixon Street

Main Campus
Wi Neera Drive
Porirua City 5240

Programme Leader
+64 4 237 3103

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