At the beginning of the Term 2 holidays I was fortunate to be offered a place in the Whakapiki Ake Project at the University of Auckland for Māori and Pasifika students pursuing careers in health.
The trip provided me with a lot of information regarding the courses available as well as student life in the city. We attended workshops with guest speakers from different sectors in health, including a physiotherapist, surgeon, midwife and a nurse.
While on the trip we were encouraged to embrace our culture with Te Reo and ancestry being a key focus. One of the most memorable parts of the experience was making friends with people from all over the North Island and different walks of life whom I might see in the future at tertiary education. The three days I spent with the programme gave me the confidence I needed to continue pursuing a career in the health sector.
Sarah McKinnon, Year 12