Wellington company Lift Education has been confirmed as the new publisher of the School Journal series.
At this stage, about half of the 109 jobs threatened by the wind down of former publisher, Learning Media, have been given new roles.
Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today Wellington-based Lift Education had been awarded the contract to publish the School Journal series.
Last month the Government had announced state-owned former publisher Learning Media would be wound down over several months, after it had become no longer financially viable.
More than 100 jobs were said to be at risk as a result of the closure, including editors, designers, project managers and software programmers.
Parata said she was pleased many of the Learning Media Staff would be retained within the sector.
They would either be offered work with the new providers or with the Ministry of Education, or the wider public service.
The School Journal was established in 1907 and was believed to be the longest-running serial publication for children in the world.
It has featured works by famous authors, including James K Baxter, Margaret Mahy and Witi Ihimaera.
Lift Education was last week rumoured to have won the contract, to which about two-thirds of the former Learning Media employees were expected to be transferred.
It already developed educational resources and was the research, consulting and contract publishing division of South Pacific Press.
It would be supported in the digital space by CORE Education and Chrometoaster, two other New Zealand companies.
Parata said Lift Education planned to mentor New Zealand writers and illustrators as part of maintaining the School Journal publications.
"The providers we've chosen are New Zealand companies that have a proven track-record in education."
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