Lyttelton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Anke Richter’s office in the port of Lyttelton looks out onto rolling hills and broken roofs. Her town was the epicenter of the disastrous earthquake in February 2011 and is still battling ongoing shakes. Anke has been reporting from New Zealand and Polynesia since 2003, after spending seven months on an atoll in Tokelau. Her new home country, Aotearoa New Zealand, fascinates her as a bicultural nation with a rich indigenous tradition and a multi-faceted population. Anke’s research and writing for magazines and papers such as mare, Merian, Zeit-Magazin, FAZ, FAS and Der Spiegel have given her a chance to attend “Lord of the Rings” premieres, talk to street gangs in Tonga, stay on organic farms and marae (Maori meeting houses) and observe the effects of global warming first hand in the South Pacific. She also writes a regular column for taz about the highs and lows of her immigrant life. After the quakes, she reported live for German TV stations (ARD, RTL, ntv).
Anke Richter was trained in a correspondent’s bureau in Los Angeles. She then went on to work as a newspaper reporter and magazine features writer (Max, Amica and Playboy) and held a managing position at Roger Willemsen’s talkshows. After writing two successful non-fiction books – one about her time in Tokelau, the other about sabbaticals -, her third book was published in Germany in 2011. “Was scheren mich die Schafe” is a written mockumentary about being a Kraut in Kiwiland – a take on national stereotypes and cultural clashes. Her stories and opinion pieces in English have featured in Metro, North&South, Next, The Press and on Public Address.