Wellington Scoop

VUP to become THWUP, a “mooring place of canoes”

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News from VUW
On 1 January, Victoria University Press will become Te Herenga Waka University Press. The new name reflects the evolution and vision of the press, and aligns us with Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, of which we are a proud part.

Te Herenga Waka means ‘the mooring place of canoes’, which is a notion that resonates with us. We are a mooring place for many different authors and their work. The books we publish represent a community of readers and writers who support us, inside and outside the university, in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

The name Te Herenga Waka was first given to the university marae, before extending to the whole university. Our new logo, designed by Philip Kelly and Rangi Kipa, evokes the architecture of the whare whakairo, symbolising a place of relationships, communication and learning.

Established in the early 1970s, VUP has grown from a staff of one to a staff of seven, under the leadership since 1985 of publisher Fergus Barrowman. About 800 books have been published.

We enter our sixth decade committed to publishing diverse creative writing and scholarship from Aotearoa, and to conserving and renewing our legacy of fifty years. Our new name leads our commitment to this vision.


  1. Elizabeth Knox, 2. December 2021, 11:29

    I love the new logo! [via twitter]

  2. UoA Graduate, 3. December 2021, 15:47

    Oh dear – I do hope that this is satire, not political correctness gone seriously wrong.

  3. D'Esterre, 3. December 2021, 15:55

    I assume that this is satire, though I fear that it’s not. Thank god I’m a long-time-ago graduate of Vic.

  4. TrevorH, 3. December 2021, 16:46

    More meaningless virtue signalling from what used to be a very good university. I prefer “the mooring place of the Yellow Submarine”.