About Us

Ex-New Yorker Jonathan Eisen (20+ years a NZ citizen) has a deep background in journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising. He is the author, editor and/or publisher of many books, including: Kiwi Ingenuity, Suppressed Inventions and Other Discoveries (co-authored with Dr Brian O’Leary, Chief of the NASA Mars Project), The Age of Rock, The New Zealand Book of Records, Super Foods (New Zealand’s first book on organics), The Glasnost Reader (about the last days of the USSR), and two books of humour – The Cure for Insomnia and The Pessimist’s Book of Wisdom.

He began his editing career in New York City with Commonweal magazine, a weekly magazine devoted to politics and culture, then after three years became an Associate Editor of The New American Review.  He eventually went to work on Special Projects for David A Boehm, the founding Publisher of The Guinness Book of World Records.

In between books, he honed his advertising copywriting skills in New York, where his work came to the attention of some agencies and was appointed Creative Director for Carlough & Sandage, the largest advertising agency in Vermont.

Emigrating to New Zealand in 1985. he was recruited to teach Advertising and Public Relations by Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT University) and he later became that institute’s Founder and first Publisher of AIT Press where he and his wife Katherine wrote and/or published three bestsellers in three years among their other books for the Institute.

Some of their books included The New Zealand Book of Records, 100 Years Young, Solar Made Easy and Kiwi Ingenuity.

Kiwi Ingenuity continued so sell for many years after he left AIT Press. and indeed became the template for later books on New Zealand inventors, such as The Shed and Number 8 Wire.

These days he is the co-editor with Katherine of The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine, New Zealand’s (and Australia’s) premier health magazine. 

If that were not enough for one couple they recently started Kiwiingenuity.org to help market some of New Zealand’s ingenious inventions and ideas.

We invite you to contact us HERE.

Published by AIT Press in the early 1990s, Kiwi Ingenuity is a New Zealand classic that is still in demand on TradeMe.