About Us

Random House New Zealand is part of Penguin Random House.

About Random House New Zealand (RHNZ)

In addition to our high-profile international titles, Random House New Zealand has a very active, award-winning local publishing division which publishes around 85 titles a year, making us the most active of local publishers. 

New Zealand fiction

Random House New Zealand has four fiction imprints – Vintage, Black Swan, Bantam and Arrow – and publishes a range of leading local fiction writers. Among many others, the list includes Fiona Kidman, Shonagh Koea, Jenny Pattrick, Owen Marshall, Witi Ihimaera, Charlotte Grimshaw, Alan Duff, Peter Wells, Carl Nixon and Stephanie Johnson, as well as new and emerging authors such as Sue Orr, Tanya Moir, Sacha de Bazin and Craig Cliff. Our commitment to supporting local literary fiction is substantial, and we are proud of the number of award winners among our large group of authors.

New Zealand children's books

Random House New Zealand has a strong commitment to junior and young adult fiction, as well as to non-fiction for young readers. Our writers and illustrators are regular stars of the NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults each year. They include Kate de Goldi, James Norcliffe, Fleur Beale, Christine Fernyhough, Mandy Hager, Gavin Bishop, David Elliott and Anna Mackenzie.


Godwit is Random House New Zealand’s prestigious non-fiction imprint, highly regarded for its extensive and elegant publishing in the areas of gardening, design, art, art history, architecture and poetry.

General non-fiction

A very active part of our extensive list, Random House New Zealand publishes in most non-fiction areas, ranging from biography, parenting, history and natural history to gardening and cooking. Among our leading cookbook authors are Jo Seagar, Al Brown, Michael van de Elzen, Nadia Lim, Brett McGregor, Sophie Grey, Lauraine Jacobs, Josh Emmet, Pete Gawron, Martin Bosley, Natalia Schamroth and Karl Koppenhagen, Simon Wright and Judith Tabron. Other leading non fiction authors include Dick Frizzell, Nigel Latta, Paul Henry, Joan Druett, Paul Goldsmith, Davey Hughes, Steve Gurney, Jaquie Brown, Sir Ray Avery, Bruce Ansley, Christine Fernyhough, Rosemary McLeod.

Penguin Random House, Established 1 July 2013

Penguin Random House is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher.  It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies, owning 53% and 47% respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa, as well as Dorling Kindersley worldwide, and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.


Business development unit

Established to work in partnership with businesses and institutions, Random House New Zealand’s Business Partnerships Unit specialises in bespoke publishing for organisations as diverse as Whitcoulls, the New Zealand Listener, the Automobile Association, and well-known cafés and restaurants such as Soul, Mudbrick, La Cigale and Café L’affare. It brings book publishing solutions to a wide range of clients.

Distribution partners

Alongside our own titles, Random House sells and distributes books on behalf of local publishers Gecko PressHuia PublishersTe Papa Press, and Australian-based Hardie Grant Publishing. Books by these publishers also appear on our website. To identify one of these books, look for the imprint information at the bottom of any title information page.

Environmental statement

Random House New Zealand is committed to being both a sustainably run business and a good corporate citizen, and we have current Gold-level certification in the Enviro-Mark programme. Our environmental policy commits us to attaining environmental best practice in key areas such as waste minimisation, energy use reduction and carbon offsetting.