Contact us

Canterbury University Press

Canterbury University Press
University Bookshop
University Drive
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Postal Address

Canterbury University Press 
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140 
New Zealand

Phone: (03) 369 3372

Canterbury University Press

Catherine Montgomery

Publisher - Canterbury University Press
University Bookshop 2nd Floor.
Internal Phone: 93371

Katrina McCallum

University Bookshop 2nd Floor.
Internal Phone: 93372

All orders of Canterbury University Press titles are made through our distributors, Nationwide Book Distributors (New Zealand and the Pacific), John Reed Book Distribution (Australia) or Independent Publishers Group (world, excluding NZ, Pacific and Australia).

New Zealand orders (including the Pacific)

Nationwide Book Distributors
PO Box 65
Oxford 7495
North Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 312 1603
Freephone: 0800 990 123 (NZ callers only)
Fax: +64 3 312 1604

Australia orders

John Reed Book Distribution
PO Box 257 / 2/11 Yandala Street
Tea Gardens, NSW 2324

World, excluding NZ, Pacific and Australia

Independent Publishers Group
Order Department
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Submitting a manuscript

CUP publishes books about New Zealand and the Pacific for both the academic and the general market, with a particular focus on history, biography, natural history and the environment, and books about our region.

If you would like to submit a book proposal please send the following to us at

  • A covering letter or proposal document including a brief summary of the book, which indicates its purpose and likely market and any comparable or competing works.
  • A list of contents and an outline of what each chapter will cover.
  • An overview of illustrations/photographs (if applicable).
  • Two sample chapters (if you are not submitting a completed manuscript) and the actual or estimated total word count.
  • A CV or summary of relevant biographical details, including any books, articles or papers you have written.
  • A self-addressed envelope (if you would like your submission to be returned to you).

Please note that we are not able to provide detailed feedback on manuscripts that are not accepted for publication.

We are not currently able to consider any new poetry or fiction submissions.