Pipi Press is a new publishing initiative that aims to bring
people together and create social change, using books as a meeting
point to share knowledge and ideas.
Pipi Press takes its name from the whakataukī, he pipi te
tuatahi, he kaunuku te tuarua, translated as first the small
entering wedge, second the large splitting wedge, referring to a
method for felling a tree. We envisage ourselves as the pipi, the
small beginning of a wider change.
Pipi books are inviting material objects that reflect their
purpose; their content is both critical and hopeful, encompassing
the poetic and political. Pipi books critique capitalism,
heteropatriarchy, racism and colonial structures: the present order
of things. They provide a place to contemplate, question and look
at things in a different light; fostering ongoing dialogue,
listening, and reconsidering.
Pipi books are an opening to care for and connect with one
another. Pipi books reimagine our relationship to the world and the
world itself, denaturalising hegemony and unveiling new truths,
while offering hope for a radically different future.
Pipi Press will hold readings, talks, workshops and reading
groups that run alongside publications, where connections can be
Pipi Press is coordinated by Cait Puatama Johnson and Gabi
Lardies. Cait and Gabi are both known for their self-published
books and involvement in the Auckland publishing scene, as well as
for their individual writing-based art practices.
You can read more about us at pipipress.co.nz
We need your help to acquire the tools and materials necessary
to make Pipi a fully functioning press and to be able produce our
first book, In Common, alongside many more to come. In Common will
be a volume to bring together knowledge, experiences and
reflections from different disciplines around the idea of the
We hope to purchase a risograph printer as well as ink and paper
in order to be able to print Pipi books ourselves and carry out all
stages of production. As well as allowing us more creative control,
having our own printing equipment means Pipi Press will be more
financially sustainable, allowing us to channel funds into paying
our contributors, running events and supporting our community.
Pipi books are not sold for profit. Donations of any amount will
be greatly appreciated and will contribute to wider social change
In addition to this Boosted campaign, we are fundraising through
selling artworks and handmade merchandise at our launch - come
along to meet us and to support in person.
More info at the facebook event
We are keeping followers updated through our instagram so keep an eye on it for behind
the scenes action and updates!