We have the privilege of working with a wide and wonderful range of clients including:

PanMacmillan (NZ), Bateman Books, Auckland University Press, Scholastic New Zealand, Upstart Press, Millwood Press, Eunoia Publishing, Bolinda Publishing, Wildside Publishing, Mary Egan Publishing, South Pacific Books, BookReps, YourBooks, Quentin Wilson Publishing, Revive Cafe and Alive Foods, Rene's Kombucha, Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand and The Same Same But Different LGBTQI+ Writers Festival.


Managing Director

Lorraine Steele has been in the entertainment industry all her working life. After 10 years distributing and publicising New Zealand movies, she followed her passion for books and moved to HarperCollins Publishers NZ where she worked for 10 years as Publicity Manager.


In 2008 Lorraine started her own freelance PR business and now enjoys the diversity of working with large and small publishing houses, and an increasing number of self-published authors.


Authors she's worked with include:

Jeffrey Archer, Paulo Coelho, Amy Tan, Isabelle Allende, Barbara Taylor-Bradford, Paullina Simons, Jonathan Franzen, Michael Cunningham, Donna Hay, Andrew Morton, Fay Weldon, Margaret Mahy, Tessa Duder, Joy Cowley, Anne Salmond, Tīmoti Karetu and Wharehuia Milroy and Joan Metge.  


Co-Director and Senior Publicist

Karen McKenzie has worked with authors as diverse as John Grisham, Ken Follett, Stephenie Meyer, Anita Shreve, Nicholas Sparks, Mitch Albom, Jeffery Deaver, Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Mosse, Ian Rankin, Donovan Bixley, Andy Griffiths, Julia Donaldson, Karyn Hay, Pete Evans, Sarah Wilson and Lola Berry.


Prior to joining Lighthouse PR six years ago, Karen was a publicist at Hachette New Zealand. She was also Sales and Marketing Manager for Anne Geddes Publishing, and she has extensive experience of working at the Frankfurt Book Fair and with international publishers.


Karen has a Diploma of Professional Writing and an Advanced Diploma of Applied Arts (Writing). She is also a published author under the name ‘Karen McMillan’ and you can find about more about her writing at


Karen is passionate about book publishing and enjoys working with authors to help them realise their dreams. She also offers consultations for authors wanting to know more about the Self Publishing process.



Senior Publicist

Margaret Samuels has been in publishing and bookselling most of her working life.

She’s worked with books and writers in schools, universities, bookshops, academic publishing companies, multi-national publishers and in book information.

Authors she’s had the privilege to plan and implement sales and marketing campaigns for include Margaret Mahy, John Grisham, Anita Shreve, Michael Parkinson, Barbara Ewing, Stephen King, Stephanie Meyer, Michael Robotham, Patricia Cornwell, Ron Palenski, Joan Metge, CK Stead and Steve Price.

Margaret also has wide experience organising book launches and lectures, manages the PR for Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust Awards and National Tour, and for the Same Same But Different Literary Festival.

She enjoys the diversity of working with authors from small and large publishers, and those who are publishing their own books.



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