Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Scholarships respond to need for more Māori in health careers


THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

Scholarships respond to need for more Māori in health careers

Ten Wintec students have received Dame Te Ātairangikaahu nursing scholarships from Wintec and the Māori King’s Office to encourage more Waikato-Tainui people into health careers.

Ten Wintec students have received Dame Te Ātairangikaahu nursing scholarships from Wintec and the Māori King’s Office to encourage more Waikato-Tainui people into health careers.

The scholarships mark the tenth year of Wintec’s Dame Te Ātairangikaahu Nursing Scholarship, set up in recognition of Te Arikinui Dame Te Ātairangikaahu’s leadership and care for the welfare of her people. Since 2009, 14 nursing and midwifery students have received the scholarship to further their study.

King Tūheitia is committed to the scholarship and has actively encouraged support to fund more opportunities this year to ensure more Māori can pursue health careers.

Wintec Director, Māori, Hera White says the scholarships enable Waikato-Tainui people considering a career in health.

“There was no shortage of qualified applicants this year and the selection panel were very pleased with the calibre of the students, and their motivation to succeed in the health field.”

The following Waikato-Tainui students have recieved a Dame Te Ātairangikaahu Nursing Scholarship:

· Dayna Samuel, Bachelor of Nursing, (Tihei Mauri Ora), Ngāti Hauā, Ngati te Ora, Raungaiti.

· Hollie Scott, Bachelor of Nursing, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngati Mahuta, Purekireki Marae.

· Airini Te Hei Tawhiri Eilleen Thompson, Bachelor of Nursing, Ngāti Korokī Kahukura, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga.

· Kerry Joy Watene, Bachelor of Nursing, Tainui, Ngāti Māhanga Te Papaorotu Marae.

· Renee Leanne Renata Smith, Bachelor of Nursing, Tainui, Ngāti Whawhakia,Te Kauri Marae.

· Stony Tamati James Tata, Bachelor of Nursing, Waikato te iwi, Ngāti Naho te hapu, Horahora te Marae.

· Te Waimaarino Winikerei Patena, Bachelor of Nursing, Ngāti Hauā, Te Rangitaupi, Te Iti o Hauā.

· Zaradene McGregor, Bachelor of Nursing, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Kahotea.

· Vair Joanne Ngatoro-Jackson, Bachelor of Midwifery, Tainui, Ngāti Mahuta, Te Tokanui a noho.

· Joanne Ngararoopu Mark, Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, Waikato te Iwi, Mahanga Hourua te hapu, Te Papa o Rotu te Marae.

Each scholarship supports one student per year to receive a maximum of $6,000 towards the cost of tuition for a period of up to three years (a total of approx. $18,000 per scholarship).

“We are very grateful to the Māori King’s Office who have been critical in gaining the extra funding support for these scholarships which respond to the need for more Māori working in the health sector,” says Ms White.

Funders of the scholarship include King Tūheitia, the Office of the Kīngitanga, Tūrangawaewae Marae, Staples Rodway Chartered Accountants, Mr Peter Rogers, Te Arataura (Waikato-Tainui Tribal Executive), Ngāti Hauā and Wintec.

Meanwhile, two Wintec staff members were awarded the Dr Hare Puke Māori Leadership Scholarship. In honour of Kaumātua Dr Hare Puke, the scholarship was created to enable Wintec’s Māori staff to gain leadership skills. Joint recipients for 2017 are Marrin Haggie from the Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, and Jamie Lambert from the Māori Achievement team.

The scholarships were presented at Wintec’s Te Kōpu Mānia marae on Thursday 11 May, 2017.

To find out more about scholarship opportunities at Wintec, visit

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>


NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland