Kakapo Books was launched in 1996 with the aim of establishing opportunities for the dissemination of new research in the study of New Zealand culture. The publications have attracted a considerable international and multi-disciplinary response and are currently employed on both school courses and university programmes. The aim of the publications is that they are informative yet accessible, and that the readership is broad.
Publications have been commissioned, but proposals for new authored books are welcomed. Anthologies include collections of the papers presented each year at the annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association. Kakapo Books has an international advisory board of editors and all publications are refereed.
Since 2008, Kakapo Books has been publishing the refereed journal CNZS Bulletin of New Zealand Studies.