In February I was lucky enough to be invited to the Taipei International Book Exhibition as part of New Zealand's Guest of Honour group of writers. In fact, I was one of the last small group to be added to the guestlist - sponsored by Te Puni Kōkiri and Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples. I am really grateful and proud to have been offered a place in the group by these two organisations, because it means I spent more time at the Indigenous Taiwanese Pavilion than our own New Zealand one, and got to spend some time getting to know the Indigenous writers (as did most of the Māori who attended). I haven't been able to write about this in any meaningful way because I was absolutely floored by their generosity, graciousness and the beauty of their cultures, but I do want to share some of our time in Taipei. So here is some of the media from the trip. If you ever have the opportunity to go to Taiwan, make sure you get outside of the cities and spend some time getting to know the Indigenous People if you can. Take your best singing voice, plenty of appetite for amazing food and drink, and gifts from your part of the world to share. No reira, ngā mihi arohanui ki ngā tangata whenua o te motu Taiwan!
Images below from Adam Dudding Sunday Star Times Story & Cultural Survival Article (both well worth reading), also TITV (Taiwan Indigenous Television) & Libro International.
Click image above to see Taiwanese Indigenous Television story about our visit to Wulai (with songs & art!).
With thanks also to PANZ & TIBE.
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