The North Asia CAPE is providing an opportunity for six Māori and six Kiva Scholars to participate in a month-long immersion experience in Taiwan in January 2020. During this trip, scholars will not only learn Mandarin but will also explore the connections between their indigenous Māori and Pacific roots and the culture and history of the indigenous people of Taiwan.

The programme includes an Orientation weekend in late October 2019. The group will travel to Taiwan on 28 December 2019 and return on 25 January 2020. Family, friends and the wider community will be able to hear more about what the scholars have learned from this experience at a presentation night when they return.

Read about last year's study tour to Taiwan.

Are you eligible?

Māori and Kiva scholars:

  • Are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • Can commit to all programme dates
  • Can confidently communicate their whakapapa and or connection to an urban Maori authority OR their Pacific heritage
  • Are positively involved in their communities
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential
  • Show an interest in the connection between indigenous people of Taiwan and Māori OR their Pacific homeland

How to apply

All applicants must fill out this application form. The application includes the following:

  1. CV
    • A copy of your CV, including contact details for two references (a community reference and a general reference)
  2. A copy of your passport
  3. A video about why you should be part of the programme, covering the following:
    • Why you want to travel to Taiwan as part of the Māori/Kiva Scholars Programme 2019/2020
    • One instance or experience where you have showed commitment to a kaupapa in your community over time
    • Your most memorable contribution as a leader or participant in your community

Tour Inclusions

All international flights, accommodation, visa and insurance associated costs are covered. Scholars are required to cover meals and all domestic transfers.

Further questions

If you have further questions about anything relating to the programme, please contact our Project Lead Eseta at

The applications are now closed.

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