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Alex Hedley: An update on life as New Zealand Publisher at HarperCollins

Originally published in the PANZ newsletter, Wednesday 5 April
I’m just shy of six months into my role as the publisher at HarperCollins New Zealand, and it’s already been one heck of a ride. Much smaller in New Zealand than Penguin Random House, the company I left, HarperCollins has a strangely familiar ‘indie’ vibe to it. It has the kind of agile, fleet-footed and creative ability of the book businesses I began my career with.  

Australia only: United Book Distributors announce change to freight service partner

Please note that there is no change in New Zealand distribution for UBD. 

Melbourne 19 April 2017: United Book Distributors (UBD) today announce a change to their freight service partner from Toll Group to TNT Australia.

After an extensive review of UBD customer needs and with a commitment to continually improve service levels and speed to market, the decision to change freight service partners was made.

TNT will commence distribution from 17 May 2017.

New President, Interim CEO of NZ Society of Authors

Media information from the NZ Society of Authors: 

We are very pleased to announce the very accomplished Siobhan Harvey will be NZSA's next President, once ratified at the AGM in Christchurch 27 May. Biography
Two new National Council delegates
Welcome to our new delegates who will also be ratified at the AGM 27 May. 

Human Kinetics to discontinue trading in New Zealand dollars 1 May

Human Kinetics has announced its decision to discontinue trading in New Zealand dollars from May 1st 2017.  
Human Kinetics is committed to providing quality informational and educational products in the sport, physical activity and health fields. We will continue to service our New Zealand customers.  The only difference is that we will not be trading in New Zealand dollars. Our team will continue to support you, where necessary re-directing your business so that you continue to gain access to our resources. 
As we transition business from the NZ dollar please continue to contact us at:
Human Kinetics Australia 
PO Box 80, 

Momentum Building on Easter Sunday Shopping, but Big Cities Left Behind

Retail NZ says it is heartened that more than a third of all local councils have now adopted policies that permit shops in their districts to open their doors on Easter Sunday and says that momentum is on the side of a more liberal approach towards shop trading hours.

International Authors Forum Position Statement – Tax on Books

This is a statement received by Booksellers NZ from the NZ Society of Authors, stating their international body's position on GST taxation on books. When GST was first introduced in 1986, Booksellers NZ lobbied for books to be zero-rated as they are in the UK. This was not accepted by Government on the basis that GST in New Zealand would be “universal” with no exceptions. We would love it if books were exempt but understand the “universal” argument.  

Fancy a trip to the Auckland Writers Festival? Hachette wants to pay!

The Auckland Writers Festival is always a highlight of our year and we want to share the experience with a bookseller who wouldn’t usually get to attend. 
So we’ve got a great prize up for grabs, which includes return flights to Auckland, two nights at the SkyCity Hotel (May 19 and 20) and a 10 session pass to soak up a whole range of brilliant Festival authors (full t&cs on the attached nomination form).

Phaidon changes Sales to Hachette Australia & New Zealand and Distribution to Alliance Distribution Services

Hachette Australia & New Zealand and Phaidon announce that from Tuesday 18th April 2017, distribution of Phaidon titles will move to Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) from United Book Distributors (UBD). Sales of Phaidon titles will move to Hachette Australia & New Zealand from Penguin Random House.
Phaidon and Hachette would like to thank Penguin Random House and UBD for the excellent service provided to Phaidon and the relationships built over the years.
ADS will start distribution for Phaidon’s Winter Spring 2017 list starting on the 18th April 2017.

Government Action Needed on $1 Billion Retail Crime Problem Says Retail Nz Discussion Paper

Retail crime is a growing problem. It costs the country around $1 billion a year in losses, and with a greater risk of violence than ever, Retail NZ is calling on the Government to adopt a three-point Action Plan to help stop criminal offending.
"Retail crime is a serious problem for retailers, consumers and the economy as a whole," Retail NZ's General Manager for Public Affairs Greg Harford said today. "Retailers are already working to prevent and deter crime, but retail crime is growing, becoming more menacing and more violent. Criminal gangs are increasingly active in retail crime, and urgent steps are needed to deal with this societal problem.