"He moemoēa he ohorere / While you were sleeping - this is New Zealand's motto for its presentation as Guest of Honour 2012 at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Experience New Zealand's literature and culture live from 10 to 14 October 2012.
This page will feature the exciting programme and many, many events the country has to offer in the next months.
News, interviews, background information…
Do you want to see more of New Zealand? Take a look the Guest of Honour 2012 on the Book Fair YouTube channel.
All the New Zealand videos on the Book Fair YouTube channel
On a press trip, through interviews, our own personal impressions: whichever way it happened, New Zealand has caught our imaginations; curiosity is growing.
In May, ten German journalists were in New Zealand. Among the items on their itinerary was a visit to the prestigious Writers & Readers Festival in Auckland. The short intro film for the Festival shows us once again the inimitable style of the New Zealanders, which we've had the pleasure of witnessing once already in their film for the Guest of Honour appearance. It really is beautiful!
Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Juergen Boos, has been speaking to representatives of New Zealand's media.
In this podcast you can listen to his interview with the broadcaster Radio New Zealand.
The Dominian Post also spoke to Juergen Boos, and you can read what they said here.
New Zealand's appearance as the Guest of Honour 2012 at the Frankfurt Book Fair is already a success! Some 76 titles from New Zealand are due to be released in German translation by the end of the year. That's a record number! And a pleasure for us all! To find out more, please read the press release.
And see the list of the authors and their titles that are being translated this year.
Presse release on record sales
To mark its appearance as Guest of Honour 2012, New Zealand has launched a new translation grant scheme.
Here you can get an insight into the books and authors from New Zealand, as featured in the new rights catalogue from the Publishers Association of New Zealand.
Publisher's Association Rights Catalogue
Books need translators
In New Zealand a group of translators got together in the appropriate environment to find the right "tone" for New Zealand's special literature.
See for yourself!
Kevin Chapman, President of the Publishers Association New Zealand thinks about time. Time that was possibly short, for New Zealand had just over a year to prepare as Guest of Honour for Frankfurt 2012. Kevin Chapman reports on progress. And fortunately comes to the conclusion: it'll all work out!
Article in BookBrunch, May 8, 2012
At a press conference on 18 June, Guest of Honour New Zealand unveiled the design for its presence at the Book Fair, which was created by Andrew Patterson, an award-winning architect from Auckland.
Which authors will be present as part of the Guest of Honour appearance? What events and highlights can we look forward to in New Zealand's cultural programme? And what part will the people of The Shire have to play? You can find out more, right here
New Zealand at Frankfurt Book Fair 2012
Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Manatū Taonga
PO Box 5364, Wellington 6145
New Zealand in Frankfurt