Schol­ar­ships sup­port more Ma¯ori into health ca­reers

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Four Win­tec stu­dents have been awarded Dame Te A¯ tairangikaahu Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ships to help them to­wards a suc­cess­ful nurs­ing or mid­wifery ca­reer.

Now in its 11th year, the schol­ar­ship aims to en­cour­age more Ma¯ ori into health while also recog­nis­ing Dame Te A¯ tairangikaahu’s lead­er­ship and care for the wel­fare of her peo­ple.

This year’s re­cip­i­ents are Te Rina Joseph, Christina Poi­haere Whare, Court­ney Kahura and Ri­hipeti Te Atatu Mag­ner.

“These four Ma¯ ori wa¯ hine are all out­stand­ing aca­dem­i­cally and des­tined to be­come lead­ers in their cho­sen field of nurs­ing or mid­wifery,” says Win­tec di­rec­tor Ma¯ ori, Hera White.

“We are proud to sup­port more Ma¯ ori into a ca­reer in health and wish them all the best for their re­main­ing stud­ies and their fu­ture ca­reers.”

Te Rina Joseph is a sec­ond year Bach­e­lor of Mid­wifery stu­dent who, prior to study­ing, worked for seven years at Ta­mariki Ora as a kaia¯ whina and child­birth ed­u­ca­tor where she fa­cil­i­tated kau­papa Ma¯ ori an­te­na­tal pro­grammes, in­cor­po­rat­ing tra­di­tional Ma¯ ori birthing tech­niques. She is also a mum of three sons.

“Dame Te Atairangikaahu was a role model to many, in­clud­ing my­self, want­ing noth­ing but the best for Ma¯ ori.

“It is an hon­our to re­ceive a schol­ar­ship in her name and have it sup­port my mid­wifery jour­ney,” says Te Rina who is of Waikato-tainui de­scent.

Fel­low re­cip­i­ent, Chris­tine Poi­haere Whare is study­ing Win­tec’s 18-month Di­ploma of En­rolled Nurs­ing course. She de­cided to study nurs­ing later in life af­ter look­ing af­ter a fam­ily mem­ber with can­cer. With four sons, Chris­tine also wanted to show her fam­ily that it’s never too late to study.

“This schol­ar­ship means the world to me and my fam­ily.

“It makes me more de­ter­mined to get this tohu not only for my wha¯ nau but also my peo­ple. The fi­nan­cial sup­port helps me worry less and lets me fo­cus on my stud­ies,” says Chris­tine who is of Nga¯ ti Wairere de­scent.

Also re­ceiv­ing schol­ar­ships are third year Bach­e­lor of Mid­wifery stu­dent Court­ney Kahura who is of Nga¯ ti Haua¯ de­scent and Ri­hipeti Te Atatu Mag­ner, a sec­ond year Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing stu­dent of Nga¯ ti Ma­niapoto de­scent.

Each schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent re­ceives up to $6000 to­wards the cost of their tu­ition for up to three years.

This year the schol­ar­ships are funded by Win­tec and the Ko¯ hanga Reo Na­tional Trust.

Photo / Sup­plied

2018 Dame Te Atairangikaahu ¯ Nurs­ing Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents (from left) Te Rina Joseph, Ri­hipeti Te Atatu Mag­ner, Court­ney Kahura and Christina Poi­haere Whare.

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