Overcoming hardship wins award
A former refugee who had overcome cancer, and solo mums who juggled their studies with children, straitened financial circumstances, injury, disability, and illness, were among those who shared $31,500 worth of awards at the Globe Theatre on Friday afternoon.
In a presentation marking 25 years of the New Horizons for Women Trust, 10 women from the region received the acknowledgements for research, second-chance education, in support of former refugees, and for innovation in early childhood education.
Born in Nepal where she lived in a refugee camp for 14 years, Sapana Kalikote was resettled to Palmerston North in 2010 as part of the UNHCR programme for Bhutanese refugees.
In 2012, after two years of high school, Kalikote was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which ‘‘turned my life upside down’’.
She survived feelings of hopelessness, surgery and treatment to continue her studies towards becoming a health professional, and is now studying a Bachelor of Nursing at UCOL.
Her award will go towards study fees, books, and a new laptop.
Hineawe Hapuku who received a SecondChance Education Award for Foundation Studies, moved to Palmerston North from Hamilton to study science and health at UCOL with the aim of undertaking medical imaging next year.
Hapuku said she had hopes of one day being able to give back in the same way she had received.
Guest speaker Dr Farah Palmer, former Black Ferns captain and now senior lecturer and director of Massey University’s Te Au Rangiha (Ma¯ori Business & Leadership Centre), showed video highlights of her rugby team winning the 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Trust chair Dr Jo Innes said the recipients were all in tertiary study or doing research, and the award study topics ranged from oral history of Maori kindergarten teachers, art for women who had experienced violence and abuse, to more traditional degrees, such as nursing and health.
‘‘The New Horizons for Women is a national trust that has been working with women since the early 90s to inspire them to create ‘new horizons’ for themselves, their whanau and communities.
‘‘The awards are typically for second chance education for women over 25 and for research that benefits women in early childhood education, for peace, and to support women as they take up nontraditional careers.’’
Dr Jo Innes said the recipients were all in tertiary study or doing research.