Taimana Iversen-Reeder

Taimana Iversen-Reeder

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Global Internship in Bangkok


Kia ora,

Ko Mauao tōku maunga
Ko Mātaatua tōku waka
Ko Waitoa tōku awa
Ko Tahuwhakatiki tōku marae
Ko Ngā Potiki tōku hapū
Ko Ngāi te Rangi tōku iwi

Ko Ngongotaha tōku maunga
Ko Te Arawa tōku waka
Ko utuhina tōku awa
Ko Paratehoata tōku marae
Ko Ngāti Tunohopu tōku hapū
Ko Ngāti Whakaue tōku iwi

Ko Taimana Iversen tōku ingoa.

I have just finished a Masters of Indigenous Studies, which followed on from a Bachelor of Arts in History and
Māori Studies.

I am looking forward to sharing my culture with the people I meet in Thailand and gaining knowledge about their culture as well.

  • Khao soi > KFC

    Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, and it was an unforgettable experience. One of the highlights of my trip was visiting an elephant sanctuary. It was a beautiful and humbling experience to be able to interact with these gentle giants up close. The sanctuary was well-maintained, and the elephants looked…Continue Reading Khao soi > KFC

  • Marvel and Football Run the World

    Kids wear Marvel clothes. Adults wear football shirts.  Arsenal and Liverpool are the most popular teams here in Thailand; their shirts are everywhere. The presence of Marvel is also seen here; kids tend to love Spider-Man and Captain America. Being here reinforced to me how big and popular these brands are. They’re seen on billboards…Continue Reading Marvel and Football Run the World

  • Year of the Rāpeti

    This week I had the pleasure of witnessing the Chinese New Year celebrations. The food, the performers, the music, and the amount of people were surreal. I spent the night walking the streets of China Town watching, listening and taking everything in. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he…Continue Reading Year of the Rāpeti