Imagine spending a month in a foreign city, dedicating your time to learning a new language, exploring business opportunities, and discovering the cultural linkages across indigenous cultures and histories.

That has been the experience for 11 Māori and Pacific tertiary students and recent graduates who have just finished a four-week-long intensive programme at National Taiwan University in Taipei City. Hailing from around New Zealand, the scholars share a focus on business and an interest in language acquisition.

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While in Taipei, they undertook daily Mandarin lessons, partook in myriad cultural activities, met business leaders and government officials, and explored the strong connections between the indigenous people of Taiwan, Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Pacific.

Last year, six Māori students travelled to Taipei as the inaugural cohort of North Asia CAPE Māori Business Scholars; this year, the programme has been expanded to include Māori and Kiva Business Scholars.

When not in classes, the group travelled beyond the city to the rural environs populated by indigenous communities. They also made national TV when interviewed on Taiwan Indigenous Television. Watch the news TITV clip:

Throughout their visit (January 3 -1 February), the scholars have posted a wealth of high quality video and photos on Instagram. View the Māori and Kiva Business Scholars' posts

The scholars are available for interview. Please contact Amber Older for details:

Find out more about the 2018 Māori Business Scholars

Last year’s scholars described the programme as “life changing”, positively impacting their career choices, academic pathways and commitment to language-learning. Read, watch and listen here

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