May 12, 2017
Nursing scholarship numbers boosted
Wintec and the Maori Kings’s Office have upped the number of scholarships available for Waikato-Tainui people who want careers in health.
The polytechic yesterday handed out 10 Dame Te Atairangikaahu Nursing Scholarships on top of the 14 granted since 2009.
Wintec director Maori Hera White says there was no shortage of qualified applicants.
She says the Maori King’s Office was critical in gaining extra funding support in response to the need for more Maori working in the health sector.
The students receive up to $6000 a year towards the cost of tuition for up to three years.
The winners were Bachelor of Nursing students Dayna Samuel, Hollie Scott, Airini Thompson, Kerry Watene, Renee Smith, Stony Tata, Te Waimaarino Patena, and Zaradene McGregor, midwidery student Vair Joanne Ngatoro-Jackson, and Joanne Ngararoopu Mark, who is taking a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says 10,000 extra Maori nurses will be needed by 2028 to bring the precentage of Maori in the nursing workforce up to the same level as Maori in the population.
Two Wintec staff members were awarded the Dr Hare Puke Maori Leadership Scholarship to gain leadership skills, Marrin Haggie from the Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, and Jamie Lambert from the Maori Achievement team.
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