Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd was established in 1973 as a book distributor operation in Wairau Road, Auckland. In the early 21st century Penguin is now a major force in New Zealand book distribution and local publishing, working from a new purpose-built warehouse and office block in Albany, north of Auckland.
But in the early days in the 1970s, Penguin operated in the New Zealand book market solely as a distribution channel for Penguin Group books published around the world. A huge percentage of the imports came from Britain - more than 95% - with a few books coming from Australia. In those days there was no supply channel between North America and New Zealand.