Earn As You Learn - Nursing Scholarships In The Far North

Sept. 12, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

In February this year, due to a critical staff shortage of nurses in the health sector, Te Hauora o Ngāpuhi established a scholarship programme for nursing students which would enable them to earn a wage while they studied for a nursing qualification.

Tahi Tate, COO of Te Hauora o Ngāpuhi, says that "locally trained Māori nurses would be their target", as the organisation wants to create a succession plan that will see Māori being trained as nurses in the Mid-north of Te Taitokerau.

There are currently 3 wāhine Māori recipients of this scholarship and they will be qualified at the end of this 18-month scholarship.

The idea of being able to study while still getting paid has allowed the solo mum of 4, Giddy King, to realise the dream that she has had since her childhood. King says "I have been wanting to do nursing from when I was young, but just never got that chance because of having kids and now that I have finally got that chance, I am going to go for it".

While getting paid while they study, they also get to experience the practical aspects of nursing on placements.

Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi hopes that the successful students will act as role models to their communities and show whānau and rangatahi Māori leaving school that they can pursue a nursing qualification.

The long-term goal is for Ngapuhi to realise the long-held dream of 'Tino Ranagatiratanga' by providing more health services for Māori by Māori.


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