For orders, payments via credit card and Paypal, and to find out more about The Book of Hat as a reader, bookseller and fan, go to

The site works for New Zealanders and people from everywhere else. We’ve had orders from Czechoslovakia to Minnesota to Dunedin N.Z, and interest shows no sign of letting up. Thanks to web designer Simon Burt of for setting up for nothing, and to Hat’s mum’s cousin Carolyn for helping us out with the orders, also for nothing. Kind people.

The other good news is with $1 from every book going to CanTeen – and the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie upping that to $2 for the copies they sold at the launch and after – a sizeable cheque of around $550 has gone to CanTeen already. Hat would be pleased.

13 3 14 Book of Hat front cover launch

The Book of Hat – the launch

The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland is out in the world after a glittering launch on February 19 at Park Road Post Production in Miramar. Harriet posts on it here.

Everyone felt privileged to be there and especially to hear Harriet stand and read from her book. The Book of Hat is available at the Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie, at all good bookstores (if they don’t have it, ask) or email us at We have sold out of two print runs already and one more is on its way. $500 has already gone to CanTeen as per Hat’s wish. Congratulations, Harriet, it’s an amazing book. 





Talking about publishing…

We’re featured on Lynn Freeman’s new radio show on Radio New Zealand National tomorrow (Sunday Jan 26) 2.35 pm. Here’s the blurb:

‘Emerging publishers: In the wake of the all the huge changes big publishers are making to their New Zealand operations, numerous small publishing houses are emerging. 

Writer, tutor and reviewer Mary McCallum is behind one of them – Makaro Press.’

It’s your dad by Pete Carter

Launched in December last year – It’s your dad is a strong collection of poems and prose written at a time of change and loss for the author who was turning 50 and coping with the death of both parents and major shoulder surgery. Includes photographs taken by Pete Carter. Ask at all good bookstores or email for your copy.cover copy

Second print run of Eastbourne heading to the shops

Image!Another 500 copies of Eastbourne: an anthology are heading out into the world, just in time for the last sales before Christmas. Expect them in Eastbourne by close of day today, and everywhere else that’s run out… by Monday.

We sold out of our first print run of 600 in under a week – and Wakefields Digital has been extraordinary in its efforts to reprint for us. Rona Gallery sold half our first print run and is hanging out for more! Here’s a picture of our book in the window of Unity in Wellington. How beautiful it looks. 

Eastbourne: the launch – 5 December 2013


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The people of Eastbourne packed out Rona Gallery on 5 December to launch our first Mākaro book  – Eastbourne : an anthology. The collection of poetry, fiction and creative memoir writing by 96 different authors was a hit with over … Continue reading

Launch day for Eastbourne: an anthology


Launch day for Eastbourne: an anthology. And here’s the start of the glorious poem that ends the book. Helen Jacobs is launching us. 6.30 pm tonight at Rona Gallery 151 Muritai Road, Eastbourne. Please join us.

Helen Jacobs


It is to the island
and the coastlands
that the shifting light
tethers on a fluid line
weaving water and sand
and rock.

The point of going away
is always to come back –
thrice deny, and you
come back

to the shells of your sandheaps,
allow that there could be
an old spirit or two
or simply an old love affair
with the harbour playing you in.