Twenty one UCOL Bachelor of Nursing students have been awarded Ministry of Health Hauora Māori Scholarships for 2017.
The Hauora Māori Nursing Scholarships are for the value of $1,700 each, and are open to Māori students studying towards a Nursing degree at a recognised New Zealand institution.
A total of 155 Hauora Māori Nursing Scholarships were available in 2017.
The successful students were chosen based on academic achievement, honours and awards, life and work experience, commitment to Māori health improvement, and proven leadership qualities and/or experience.
UCOL Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health and Sciences Penny O’Leary says it is great to see the number of UCOL Nursing students receiving Hauora Māori Nursing Scholarships increase from three in 2016.
“Having twenty one UCOL students receive these scholarship is a sign of the quality of the students coming through our nursing degree. I trust that these scholarships will go a long way in helping our students achieve their academic goals.”
Scholarship recipient Tania Frank says it is very humbling to receive a scholarship, especially as a mature student.
“I have to thank all of my lecturers. The support you get here is phenomenal. When I started at UCOL, I hadn’t been in education since I was at school, and I was having to use technology I’d never really encountered. It was quite daunting, but my classmates and lecturers helped get me through it.”
“I will use the scholarship to cover travelling to class, as well as books and expenses relating to my clinical placement, which would lighten the burden of finance for my family hugely.”
Tania is currently working as a caregiver at a retirement home, and plans to specialise in aged care once she completes her nursing degree.
“I started off at the retirement home five years ago as a gardener. I then worked in the laundry, the kitchen, and as a cleaner before becoming a caregiver.”
“I love working with the elderly. They have such amazing stories. I believe my purpose is to give them the quality of life they want.”
Hauora Māori Scholarship recipients 2017
Tania Frank (Ngāti Porou)
Mariah Nielsen (Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine)
Lillie Wehi (Tūhoe, Tainui, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga)
Christine Rawiri (Ngāti Raukawa)
Aimee McPhee (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga)
Vicki Hazel (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu)
Zara Meijer (Muaūpoko)
Tarnia Nicholls (Tainui)
Kahu Brown (Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa)
Melissa Nikora (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tamakinui a Rua, Rangitāne)
Kelly Stephenson (Ngāti Kahungunu)
Leilani Fonotoe (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Apa)
Jess Hamilton (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Apa)
Alex Kumeroa (Te Ati Hau Nui-A-Pāpārangi)
Rachel Pirere (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Hau Nui-A-Pāpārangi)
Rini Puhia-Herangi (Ngāti Maniapoto)
Darinee Ratana (Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
Hayley Robinson (Te Ati Hau Nui-A-Pāpārangi)
Symmone Yates (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Ati Hau Nui-A-Pāpārangi)
Felicity Hintz (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāi Tahu)
Pictured above: Hauora Māori Nursing Scholarship recipients Vicki Hazel, Tarnia Nicholls, Lillie Wehi, Mariah Nielsen and Aimee McPhee.