Over­com­ing hard­ship wins award

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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