All staff of the publishing programme come direct from industry, where they honed their skills and knowledge. Most are still working for publishers alongside their teaching.

The programme also draws on the expertise of numerous specialist tutors and industry speakers. Many publishing professionals take classes through the year – whether to teach a core part of the curriculum or take a specialist lesson or simply as a visiting speaker.

Publishing programme staff

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Publishing Advisory Committee

The publishing programme operates under the guidance of an advisory committee, made up of representatives from industry, the community and the polytechnic, including a student representative.

The committee ensures that the programme is teaching the skills and knowledge that employers see as useful and relevant to the needs of their businesses.

Current members

Elizabeth Caffin, former Director, Auckland University Press

Chris Murray, Head of Content Management, LexisNexis NZ Limited

Melanee Winder, Sales and Marketing Director, Hachette NZ (also representing the Publishers Association of New Zealand)

Pania Tahau-Hodges, Publishing Manager, Huia Publishers

Chris Tse, Editor and Communications Advisor, Office of the Auditor-General (and winner of the Best First Book Award for Poetry at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards)

Rachel Lawson, Associate Publisher, Gecko Press (and former Publishing Programme Leader)

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Whitireia Publishing
Level 2, 15 Dixon Street
Wellington

Main Campus
Wi Neera Drive
Porirua City 5240

Programme Leader
helen.heath@whitireia.ac.nz
+64 4 237 3103

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