The Cuba was one of the first ships to bring settlers to Wellington. To us it epitomises courage, vision and a collection of stories packed into a small space, setting out on a big adventure.
Added to this, our offices are in the Cuba quarter of the city – a colourful part of Wellington humming with cafés, art galleries, creative spaces, music venues, vintage stores, secondhand bookshops and small publishers.
The Cuba at anchor, in a N.W. breeze, at Port Nicholson heads, 1840. An original drawing by Chas Heaphy, then draughtsman to N.Z.Company [July 1840]. Ref: A-144-003. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23226787
Our skills have been honed at two Wellington publishers — Sarah and Roger at Steele Roberts Aotearoa, and Mary and Paul at Mākaro Press. We’d worked side by side since 2013, sharing the same rooms in 75 Ghuznee Street, so we knew how we worked and what our individual strengths were. When we got the opportunity to bring our skills together in a new, independent venture, we took it.
Both Steele Roberts Aotearoa and Mākaro Press have emphasised New Zealand voices in literary fiction, poetry and memoir, with Steele Roberts Aotearoa also building a strong award-winning reputation as a publisher of history, biography and the arts, and Mākaro winning awards with their children’s books. They will continue under their own steam producing a limited number of books per year.