Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Zealand makes spectacular Taipei debut

New Zealand makes spectacular Taipei debut

Peter Dowling reports from Taipei

New Zealand's landmark Guest of Honour participation at the Taipei International Book Exhibition is underway. 

Muriwai Ihakara, Creative New Zealand's Senior Manager Māori Engagement, blessed the national stand in the Taipei World Trade Center on Wednesday morning with a large delegation of New Zealand and Taiwanese publishers, authors, illustrators and officials in attendance. 

After the official opening, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou spent time on the New Zealand stand with his large entourage - taking time to peruse the book displays and the live exhibition of Māori carving by Ngā Kete Tuku Iho carvers Arekatera Maihi (pictured left) and James Teepa. 

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Source: Publishers Association of NZ

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