Book Design & Print

With over a million books printed of nearly a thousand different titles in the past five decades, we’re known nationwide for our designing and production of books – and we’ve even won awards for a number of publications! We specialise in book design and work with our clients providing our expert advice on layout, printing, binding and publishing. Check out our gallery below to view a selection of the books we have printed, or head over to our bookstore to buy one of many Craigs’ produced publications.

New / Recent Publications

'Southern Wanderer' – A Habitat Restoration Pilot's Life by Peter Garden

For decades helicopter pilot Peter Garden, born in Waikaia, has been part of some of the most ground-breaking bird rescue projects in the world. From helping to create rat-free havens in NZ, the Seychelles, Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico and Alaska, to a 12-year battle to rid sub-Antarctic South Georgia island of rodents where the songbirds are back – this book is Peter's testament to the eco recovery within our grasp.
380 PAGES, COLOUR THROUGHOUT, 250X190MM. RRP $60.00.

Southern Wanderer sample page

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'Early Days in Foveaux Strait' by Lloyd Esler

Foveaux Strait / Te Ara a Kiwa separates the South Island / Te Wai Pounamu from Rakiura / Stewart Island. Illustrated throughout, mostly in colour, this book tells the story of the original inhabitants who lived in small communities on both sides of the Strait, and later arrivals and the relationship between them that set the scene for the foundation of Southland as we know it today.

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'Chasing Tigers' by Stu Tripney

"From a large drawer under his desk, Herman pulled out an old beaten-to-death map that was held together by clear tape. Laying out the map, he pointed out where the park was located. My ears were twitching, my eyes were glued to his index finger tracking across the valleys and mountains." – All of Stu Tripney's adventures start with a wild idea and the courage to explore places barely known. Fly-fishing is always at the heart of the plan, but only ever a part of the story. 'Chasing Tigers' is Stu's second travel memoir. In Nepal, he encounters all kinds of wildlife: elephants, rhinos and man-eating tigers.

440 PAGES, 98x128MM, 18 PAGES COLOUR.

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'Flax and the Flax Industry in the South' by Lloyd Esler

Written by popular author LLOYD ESLER, this book tells the story of flax, the rise and fall of a mighty industry in the South. One of NZ's most recognisable native plants, Maori first made considerable use of flax for clothing etc, then early settlers used the fibre for rope with flaxmilling lasting until the 1970s. 64 PAGES, SIZE 150x210mm.

'Flax' sample page

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'Hard Won Gold'

Edited by Ross Barnett and Pauline Barnett, this is the story of how the tricky deposits of the Reefton Goldfield yielded great riches through the 20th century. It's a story of clever entrepreneurs, technology innovators, hard-working miners & their families and other interesting characters who left their mark on the area's history. The book shows not only how gold and the miners created a rich heritage of stories and sites, but also gives hints there may be more gold to come... 150 PAGES, A4, over 170 photos & diagrams, many in colour. RRP $50.00. Available from Friends of Waiuta, PO Box 493 Greymouth 7840 or email waitua1951@gmail.com

Hard Won Gold – reprinted twice due to popular demand

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'A Tour of Duty' by Doug Wing

A Tour of Duty records Wattie Stirling's wartime experiences 1941-45, from leaving Waikaia, Southland, as a raw recruit in the RNZAF followed by his training and time as an instructor in Canada up to the final days of WWII in Europe. The last months were spent as a pilot and captain of an RAF Avro Lancaster bomber in 115 Squadron.
136 PAGES, 250x190MM.

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'Syd and Max Head to Bluff' by Linzi Keen

The third printing of this popular book, Syd and Max continue their adventures as they head to Bluff for the Burt Munro, go fishing, visite the Maritime Museum and explore the Motupohure Scenic Reserve!

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'Jungle Blues' by Stu Tripney

Self-professed fly-fishing geek Stu Tripney designs flies and runs the NZ Fly Fishing School. Jungle Blues is Stu's first travel memoir, recounting his strange adventures while living in the jungles of Malaysia. A story about the environment, human nature and peculiar friends, this hilarious tale will appeal to anyone who loves the thrill of fishing, travel and adventure.

234 PAGES, 98x128MM, 18 PAGES COLOUR, RRP $40.

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Further Publications Available for Purchase

'You'll Never Make It' by Rod Hall-Jones

Fighting prejudice at every turn, young Rod Hall-Jones not only earns his commercial pilot licence, but goes on to become one of the most respected helicopter pilots in NZ, from working six years off the research vessel Calypso for Jacques Cousteau to flying live deer capture in Fiordland's notorious weather conditions.

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Gran's Big Day Out

Gran decided she needed to do something exciting – but what could she do? A delightful children's story.

16 PAGES, 270x188MM LANDSCAPE, ALL COLOUR, RRP $20. Free shipping within NZ

Shot Over into the Shotover

This book tells the absorbing story of an unusual accident. Experienced pilot Brian Waugh’s Dominie was forced down by engine failure into Queenstown’s Shotover River.

Keith Neylon - A Touch of Madness

The Inside Story Of A Successful Southlander – A New Zealand Primary Industries Entrepreneur From humble beginnings in Nightcaps leaving school at 15, Keith Neylon MNZM has now had more than 50 years’ involvement in New Zealand and international primary industries.

'Take me to The Nevis' by Louise Joyce

Gold was discovered in Central Otago in 1862. This is the story of one of the goldmining areas – the Nevis Valley. It combines the writings of a young school teacher, Gavine Campbell, with stories of people who braved the challenges the Nevis threw at them. Gavine, her husband and their children were the last family to mine in the Nevis Valley.

320 PAGES, 240x150mm, COLOUR THROUGHOUT, RRP $40. Sold by the author; PaperPlus Dunedin; University Book Shop Dunedin; PaperPlus Alexandra; PaperPlus Cromwell.

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Southern Spirit

Ian Dougherty

Southern Spirit: The People and Places of Southland 
A celebration of southern landscapes, from the fantastic fiords in the west and across the green plains to a fossil forest in the east, this book introduces readers to unique flora and fauna. It acquaints readers with old and new settlers, authors and artists, brewers and distillers, champion shearers and sawyers, machines and the men who collect them. It lays out the region as an enormous playground relished by locals and visitors alike.

84 pages: Colour throughout
286x210mm portrait
Saddle Hill Press
PO Box 90, Dunedin 9054

Four Threads, One Life

Surveyor, helicopter pilot, rally driver and wanderer – John Carter has filled his life with variety, and he's not finished yet. He takes us on a journey through his many adventures, which together form four major threads of his life. 264 PAGES, COLOUR THROUGHOUT, 234X153MM PORTRAIT, RRP $45

Paintings from my Palette

A book on landscape oil paintings by New Zealand artist Murray Ayson – his beautiful and detailed depictions of rugged mountains, native bush, glimmering lakes, ethereal mist and reflections are simply stunning. With images ranging from Fiordland to the West Coast, from Central Otago to Arthur’s Pass, this book will appeal to both those with an interest in art and those who purely love the beauty of the South Island’s scenery.

228 PAGES, A4 LANDSCAPE, COLOUR THROUGHOUT, RRP $65. Part of the proceeds of the sale of this book goes to cancer research. On 19 November 2020 World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day, $12,420 has been raised to date.

A Good Joke

Ian Dougherty

A Good Joke  tells the uncensored story of New Zealand’s only convicted art forger, Karl Fedor Sim (Carl Fedor Goldie) and his associates; and provides an insight into the shady side of art dealing and the incompetent side of art expertise in New Zealand over the past five decades. It is also a reliable guide to many of the hundreds of Sim forgeries in public and private ownership, including forgeries that continue to be traded. Let the buyer be informed.

Port to Plains

The politics, the technology and the human stories behind the construction of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel.

Arya and the Boatman

One night, Arya was struggling to fall asleep. Her daddy told a story that would inspire her to be brave and strong. For her second birthday, Arya's daddy turned that story into a book to inspire all young children to be brave and strong, just like Arya.

16 PAGES, 210x150MM LANDSCAPE, ALL COLOUR, RRP $20. Free shipping within NZ

Fraught with Danger

Hunting deer in the mountains led on to crayfishing around the south coast and a helicopter pilot’s licence for Doc Sutherland.

Pulpit Radical

Ian Dougherty

Pulpit Radicaltells the story of one of New Zealand’s most influential social campaigners. From his base as a minister at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dunedin, Rutherford Waddell immersed himself in all manner of causes, most notably in campaigning against the miserable plight of women in the clothing industry, which led to major changes to labour legislation. Although Waddell’s views on subjects such as eugenics and prohibition find little contemporary favour, his campaigning on issues such as poverty and inequality remains relevant today.

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