the trust

The BWB Publishing Trust was established in late 2006, to support the development, writing, commissioning and publication of New Zealand non-fiction books by Bridget Williams Books Limited. The following principles have been developed by the Trustees:

  • The Trust will, in the first instance, support BWB's publishing in the specific areas of history, politics, contemporary issues, reference, Māori studies and women’s issues. Other areas of non-fiction, such as art and natural history, may also receive support where they are within the scope of BWB’s publishing policy.
  • The Trustees are independent, with power of appointment vested in Bridget Williams.
  • The Trustees’ primary role is to approve applications for grants made by the Trust and to oversee allocation of Trust funds to appropriate projects or uses.
  • BWB will remain wholly independent in editorial matters including selection of authors and titles.
  • No Trustee nor Bridget Williams can be a beneficiary of the Trust. The final beneficiary, when the Trust is wound up, is the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust.
  • BWB will make application to the Trust for distributions from general funds or from specific grants. All distributions will be made at the sole discretion of the Trustees and according to agreed policy and objectives.

Financial Information 

  • The Trust is not registered as a charitable trust, and donations to the Trust are not usually tax-exempt. 
  • It is possible for donors to offer grants by means of a third-party charitable trust that shares similar objectives. 
  • For project budgets or financial information relating to the Trust, please contact the Trust’s administrator, John Schiff,


  • Unless otherwise agreed, all donors will be acknowledged (a) on the project for which a grant is provided; (b) on the Trust website; (c) on the Trust brochure.   Anonymous donors are also gratefully acknowledged in these places.