Congratulations to Hunter Amende who is the first pharmacy student to be awarded a Waitematā DHB Health Scholarship. These scholarships aim to develop and support the Māori and Pasifika workforce within the DHB with the aim of supporting their local communities. Eligible applicants must live within the DHB and also have shown a commitment to the local community. Part of the scholarship includes training and employment opportunities within the DHB and also helping students to develop networks with other Māori health professionals, DHB staff and communities.
It was my privilege to be there to tautoko Hunter when he was awarded this last week.
Hunter is currently a third year pharmacy student at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland. He is a member of the Māori Pharmacists Association and this year, along with Teresa Nelson, was one of the students in the role of kaiwhakahaere, organising the MPA student hui.
I asked Hunter what the scholarship means to him: The scholarship helps with my Student loan as well as providing me with employment following graduation. This is huge to me as this means I can stay close to my family as well as give back to the community that I have grown up for most of my teenage years. I’m excited as it provides a bit of relief but also provides opportunities that I probably don’t even know of yet.
Congratulations Hunter – ka mau te wehi!