The Booksellers NZ AGM was held on Sunday 3 July, and saw two significant changes to the composition of the Booksellers NZ Board.
Board members Juliet Blyth and Rochelle Handley had reached the end of their two-year rotation, and required re-election; two further booksellers applied for the vacant position in the Board left by Stella Chrysostomou's resignation due to her resignation from her bookselling position.
Tony Moores has been a board member (this time) for Booksellers NZ since June 2013, and for Book Tokens Ltd off and on since 2014. He owns Poppies New Plymouth, and a half-share in Poppies Remuera. He is the Franchise Manager for Poppies Group.
Please tell us about your early experiences with reading and books.
I was a library stalker from an early age, and my grandmother was a great reader with a whole cupboard filled with amazing books by (now mainly forgotten) authors like H Rider Haggard, Desmond Bagley, RM Ballantyne, Hammond Innes, HG Wells...my boyhood favourite was Coral Island, by RM Ballantyne.
Did you hold other positions in the book industry before becoming a bookseller?
No, I've pretty much always been a bookseller. I worked as a Store Manager then Area Manager for London Bookshops for 19 years, then as Book Buyer & Business Manager for Paper Plus Group for 10 years, 4 years as National Sales Manager for HarperCollins NZ. I purchased the Poppies Franchise business 6 years ago. I currently own two stores (Poppies New Plymouth, and Poppies Remuera 50% share).