Pipi Press

In Common

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Commons are often understood as land and resources shared by all members of a community, historically these were areas where people could forage and hunt food, graze livestock and gather together. However, this way of conceptualising the commons risks detaching the term from what is immaterial and not so easily measured. Perhaps the value of the commons is in what lies beyond this limit: an entanglement of living systems, human and nonhuman, where honouring interconnection prevails over principles of ownership, exchange and profit.

In Common gathers together thirteen pieces in the form of poetry, essays, photographs and interviews by Ben Rosamond, Dan Kelly, Toyah Webb, Vanessa Arapko, Jade Kake, Dieneke Jansen, Amber French, Oliver Cull, Katie Kerr, Freya Elmer, Nate Rew, Eleanor Cooper and essa may ranapiri. These contributions enquire into colonisation and land dispossession, management of resources, conservation and kaitiakitanga, urban planning and gentrification, housing, gender and containment.

In Common is a multi-format, section sewn, art form publication printed and bound in Tāmaki Makaurau. Edition of 300.

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Free PDF Chapters

01 - Introduction - Gabi Lardies & Cait Johnson
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02 - Common in colony - Ben Rosamond
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03 - Embracing / the joy of collective wealth - Dan Kelly
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04 - [I] put everything in little boxes - Toyah Webb
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05 - The spirit of the commons - Vanessa Arapko
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06 - Papakāinga for the present: new models
     for collective living on ancestral whenua
   - Jade Kake
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07 - 90+ Days - Dieneke Jansen
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08 - Tēnā anō - Amber French
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09 - A study of three levels at the Auckland City Library
   - Katie Kerr
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10 - A library is what we make it
   - Freya Elmer
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More chapters to be released over the next few weeks

Our Values

Pipi Press takes its name from the whakataukī, he pipi te tuatahi, he kaunuku te tuarua, translated as first the small entering wedge, second the large splitting wedge, referring to a method for felling a tree. We envisage ourselves as the pipi, the small beginning of a wider change.

Pipi books are critical and disruptive
Pipi books are also imaginative and hopeful

Pipi books critique capitalism, heteropatriarchy, racism and colonial structures: the present order of things. They seek to create change by generating awareness without dictating answers. They aim to sensitise, allowing people to be receptive to new understandings and ways of being in the world. They provide a place to contemplate, question and look at things in a different light; fostering ongoing dialogue, listening, and reconsidering.

Pipi books are an opening to care for and connect with one another.

Pipi books reimagine our relationship to the world and the world itself, denaturalising hegemony and unveiling new truths, while offering hope for a radically different future.

Pipi books are a social medium

Pipi books are for the people, from the people.

Pipi functions as a way to connect people and enable them to share their knowledge, experiences, thoughts and feelings. Pipi is not tied to a specific sphere or scene and instead seeks to draw people together and be welcoming to all.

Pipi books are of a specific place. They are grounded in Aotearoa and look for local knowledge and solutions. They uphold the tino rangatiratanga of Māori and acknowledge the history of colonisation of this land. They do not look "upwards" to Europe but rather at ourselves and our Pacific neighbours.

Pipi books are of a specific time. They archive and document the current moment but also provide historical context and imagine alternative futures.

Pipi books reach out, creating a network of knowledge and relationships, a ripple effect where connections and understandings radiate outwards. The book is a physical object that can reach many hands, be passed on, shared and disrupt dominant flows of media and information.

Pipi brings people together by holding readings, talks, workshops and reading groups that run alongside publications, where connections can be made face-to-face.

Pipi books are accessible

Pipi books are affordable or free and widely available to view in public spaces such as libraries and reading rooms. When appropriate we provide online versions of texts to reach those who cannot access physical copies.

Pipi books are inviting material objects that reflect their purpose and content. They do not conform to a standard book format.

Pipi publishes content that is relatable and can be understood by many. This is achieved by publishing a broad selection of content from across disciplines, backgrounds and identities.

Pipi welcomes submissions from all.

Pipi Press runs reading groups where readers and contributors can discuss recent publications and work through content that is academic or obscure together.

Pipi books embody their values

They are not sold for profit, any money made beyond the cost of producing a book will be put towards future publications or donated to community organisations.

Pipi books are produced responsibly with minimal environmental impact.

Pipi Press publishes content that pushes boundaries in terms of genre and form as well as the ideas and outlooks contained.

Pipi Press does not tolerate hate

Pipi Press does not publish or provide platforms for content that is racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, classist or ableist.


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