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Blue Mushroom Books is an independent micro-press highlighting some of New Zealand’s unique flora, fauna, and culture. It is proudly New Zealand owned & operated, and endeavours to use environmentally friendly practices.  Blue Mushroom Books publishes books for all ages.

Led by Zee Southcombe, it is an imprint of ZR Southcombe, Ltd. Blue Mushroom Books is published, marketed and distributed by ZR Southcombe, Ltd.

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Blue Mushroom Books’ mission is to publish work that celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand, in reference to our natural world and our unique culture. Our books explore flora, fauna, places and people to highlight what really makes our country special. 

We want to foster an appreciation of our beautiful country, and to re-ignite a sense of wonder and fascination for the world around us through poetry, stories, creative non-fiction, and beautiful design.


About Zee


Zee is an author, illustrator & fine artist who approaches all her work with vigour and imagination. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards in the Best Youth Novel category, and she has had work commissioned for the Auckland Arts Festival, Artweek AucklandWellington Botanic Gardens, and the Auckland Heritage Festival. Zee had her debut fine art exhibition at Youthline Gallery in 2016.

Zee works to promote other artists, especially young creatives, through collaboration, encouragement, and publishing opportunities such as the NZ Young Writers Anthology and Spotlight On New Zealand Arts (SONZA). She shares her knowledge and experience by visiting schools and participating in community events. She has spoken at events including the National Bookseller’s ConferenceLexicon, and at Auckland Libraries.

In October of 2017, Zee decided that her heart was really in non-fiction; she wanted to share her love of – and fascination with – New Zealand. She founded Blue Mushroom Books after the launch of Ramble On. 

When not making stuff, Zee can be found with a cup of tea and a good book, planning her next creative adventure, or out for a walk in the beautiful forests of Aotearoa.