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.
Odessa Owens has worked in publishing for over a decade, making award-winning books for Te Papa Press until 2015, when she joined the Whitireia publishing programme. She has a BA in English Language and Linguistics and completed the Diploma in Publishing in 2004. In 2016 she was the convening judge of the PANZ Book Design Awards, and she is one of the judges of the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Marie Hodgkinson is a 2012 graduate of the Diploma in Publishing (Applied). She has worked for Royal Society Te Apārangi, LexisNexis New Zealand and the New Zealand Book Council. Marie runs Paper Road Press, which publishes science fiction and fantasy from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Theresa Crewdson completed the Diploma in Publishing in 2006 and the Editing Masterclass in 2012. She worked at South Pacific Press/Lift Education for nearly a decade and is now a freelance editor for both local and international clients.
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.
Alex Collins, Chief Executive, Lift Education and South Pacific Press
Kirsten McDougall, Publicity Manager, Victoria University Press
Chris Murray, Head of Content Management, LexisNexis NZ Limited
Pania Tahau-Hodges, Publishing Manager, Huia Publishers
Claire Murdoch, Head of Publishing, Penguin Random House New Zealand