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  • Finding her why

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Student Profiles

    Third year nursing student Joan Corbett says initiatives such as Programme W&AT! and the Health Science Academy are a welcome push for Pacific students pursuing a career in health. With a passion for the community Joan is on the path to becoming a community nurse. Read more

  • Shaping tomorrow’s leaders

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Workforce Profiles

    Bringing out the best of young Pacific people motivated Air New Zealand Support Manager Violet Tupu to become a Programme W&AT! mentor. Read more

  • Nursing her own

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Student Profiles

    After many years working as a caregiver, Tongan born-and-raised single mum Daphne Misinale embarked on a journey towards a nursing career. Having completed her degree, she is on the cusp of entering the health workforce, thanks to the help of Programme W&AT! (Working & Achieving Together!) Read more

  • Inspired to join the health workforce

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Student Profiles

    Alapeti (Ala) Tepapauoatua is a proud to be from Tuvalu. As a Year 13 student wanting to study medicine, he says the Health Science Academy has helped him tremendously in his journey. Read more

  • Motivated to achieve

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Student Profiles

    Binary Blakelock hopes to study medicine to be an Oncologist, or go into nursing. Having passed NCEA Level 2 with a Merit endorsement she credits Health Science Academy with helping build her confidence. Read more

  • Push yourself

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Student Profiles

    Kalolaine (Laine) Fe'ao has wanted to work in the health sector since Year 11, even before the Health Science Academy was introduced to her school Onehunga College. Now in Year 13 she’s pushed herself towards where she wants to be. With her drive and grades she can now study her pick of medicine or nursing at University. Read more

  • Towards healing Pacific bodies and minds

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Student Profiles

    Master of Health Psychology student Jessee Fia’ali’i says meeting fellow Pacific students through Programme W&AT! (Working and Achieving Together) who are also pursuing careers in health is both encouraging and motivating. Read more

  • Potential Pacific health workforce far more than Abel

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Student Profiles

    Clinical Nurse Director Pacific Health Support for Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards Abel Smith wants to see more Pacific students striving towards a nursing career. He believes Programme W&AT! is essential towards achieving that. Read more

  • Career Pathway Exposure

    Posted on 02/10/2017 Workforce Profiles

    On the 9th July, our Pacific Workforce Development Team collaborated with The Rising Foundation to expose our students to the many career pathways available to them. Read more

  • Local physio set for the international stage

    Posted on 02/10/2017

    “Looking after my grandparents made me realise what I am capable of as a carer.” If you’re looking for an amazing physiotherapist, you’ll be happy to know that Joe Pomelile is one of the friendly faces you’ll meet at Mangere Health Centre. As an Auckland University of Technology (AUT) graduate, remarkable athlete, and Programme W&AT! alumni, Joe truly represents Pacific strength, drive, and commitment. His convictions are based on some hard-hitting experiences, and his quest for personal development has taken him on an extraordinary decade long journey. Read more

Featured Stories


I remember coming back and not enrolling into uni straight away. I then realised that as a single Mum at age 24, which isn’t that young, I hadn’t achieved what I’d wanted to and needed to get my life sorted.

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But outside of that where they’re the minority, a lot just shut down. In some ways, being raised to always be modest and respectful has worked against us. We don’t say anything; we’ll just do as we’re told. There are a lot of quiet Pacific achievers, but they eventually end up getting lost.

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We don’t know how to sell ourselves because of our culture. We’re too polite.

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It’s really good because you get to experience more. It’s important to be introduced to science and maths from a young age.

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For those who struggle, or just need one-on-one time with a teacher, they’re given that time, which is a huge help.

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