Scholarships support more Ma¯ori into health careers
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.
2018 Dame Te Atairangikaahu ¯ Nursing Scholarship recipients (from left) Te Rina Joseph, Rihipeti Te Atatu Magner, Courtney Kahura and Christina Poihaere Whare.