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International Students Grow The Hawke’s Bay economy

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Hawke’s Bay is booming off the back of an international student spike, with the latest figures revealing they now contribute an annual $60 million into the region’s economy.

And international students said they were also benefiting from being able to study in what they perceive to be a “wonderful” part of the world.

Wei He, 41, is in his second year, studying a degree in nursing at EIT.

He decided to leave his successful dentistry career of 16 years in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, China, and move his family to the region for a change of pace and life.

His wife, Weiwei Zhao, is studying a language course at EIT, while their 12-year-old daughter is at Taradale Intermediate.

Photo: Wei He and his wife Weiwei Zhao are both international students from China who are studying at EIT. Photo / Duncan Brown.

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Posted: 17 November 2018 

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