Mātai Rongoā Study Pharmacy

Image source of Robert Haua (MPA Member) from Auckland University School of Pharmacy 2015

Become a Māori Pharmacist.  Become part of Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā Whānau!

Māori health specialists and specifically Māori Pharmacists play a vital role in improving health services and health / wellbeing outcomes for whānau and their communities. That’s why Aotearoa New Zealand needs so many many more of them.  We need you!

While most pharmacists work in community and hospital pharmacies, many also work in primary healthcare environments (with general practitioners), government organisations, industry, medical writing, and academia.  Opportunities for pharmacists are constantly growing as the healthcare sector changes to meet the needs of our communities.

Pharmacists play an important part in the health workforce in providing access to medicines, optimising use of medicines and ensuring quality of medicines and do so through a variety of roles including services relating to: primary health care, medicines management, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy.   Some pharmacists are even involved in border patrol and others have new roles in prescribing.  They are also one of the most trusted professions.

Our members and our networks want to see more Māori in the Pharmacy sector.  Our rōpū is tasked with supporting and mentoring students study and tertiary journey in to Pharmacy at the two universities in Aotearoa New Zealand – Otago and Auckland.

Otago and Auckland Universities both offer a four year undergraduate as well as various postgraduate clinical and social pharmacy qualifications and research degrees such as PhDs. For more information on enrolling at either of these universities visit:
Auckland University
Otago University


The Hiwinui Heke Scholarships are jointly sponsored by PHARMAC and MPA. The awards are the first scholarships ever made available to Māori pharmacy students.

These scholarships are named after our Te Arawa kaumatua Hiwinui Heke who was the first Māori Pharmacist graduating in 1955 and contributing significantly to Māori and the Rotorua rohe as an influential leader and advocate. Tēnei te mihi aroha e te Rangatira.

MPA acknowledges PHARMAC for helping us realise the dream of having scholarships for pharmacy students of Māori descent.

These scholarships are available to students of New Zealand Māori descent enrolled and studying full-time for the full year at the Otago School of Pharmacy or the Auckland School of Pharmacy studying toward the undergraduate degree of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Applications will be called for in September.  Closing date: 31 October.

For scholarship information and an applications form contact us on admin@mpa.maori.nz or private message us on fb.

2014 Hiwinui Heke
 Scholarships were awarded to:
Eliza Sim – Otago University
Angelica Jones – Auckland University
Teei Kaiaruna – Auckland University
Laurelle Lock – Otago University.

MPA HH Scholarhips 2014

Māori Pharmacy Students – He Kāhui Whetū
Watch some of our student members at Otago University talking about  their experience and their time learning to be a Māori Pharmacist.