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In 2005, Brendan O’Brien, a Wellington based hand-craft printer, was invited to be the third Printer in Residence. While here two projects emerged: the printing of a tribute volume of verse by the artist Joanna Paul called access to lilac; and a first time printing of Bill Manhire’s and Ralph Hotere’s PINE sequence. One hundred copies of the former were printed and available for sale; 150 copies of the latter were printed, with 100 only for sale: 26 signed and 74 unsigned copies. Hotere’s PINE is the first publication from the new Otakou Press imprint, launched successfully in December 2005.
Ralph Hotere and Bill Manhire, PINE. Dunedin: The Otakou Press, 2005