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A Far North-based NorthTec student has won a ‘second chance learner’ award from a national charitable trust.
Tui Motu was looking at scholarship options when she was advised by support staff at the Kaitaia campus to apply to the New Horizons for Women Trust. Each year the organisation gives out a number of scholarships to women in tertiary education.
After completing her application, Tui was delighted when she was contacted by the Trust and advised that she had been successful. She was given a New Horizons for Women Second-Chance Education Foundation Studies Award, which gives her $1000 towards her study costs.
Last weekend, Tui and her husband travelled to AUT in Manukau, Auckland, to attend the awards ceremony.
The mother of five children, aged 13 to 24, had worked since she was 15 but decided to go back to the classroom once her youngest reached her teens.
She had previously started studying to be a midwife in Auckland, but had found it too difficult to juggle family and studies. She had been inspired to go into midwifery after her first two children were born prematurely, and she spent several months at their bedsides in the Special Care Baby Unit.
So after years of working in industrial packing jobs, Tui decided it was time to renew her education and aimed for a degree in nursing. Having moved back to Kaitaia to be close to her husband’s family, she enrolled in a Level 3 Foundation programme to brush up on her study skills.
After successfully completing the qualification she moved on to the Level 4 programme in Academic Studies, which is helping her prepare to apply for the Bachelor of Nursing.
She had been working part-time at Ahipara Primary School to finance her studies without a Student Loan, so the award has been a huge help.
Tui said: “My children are old enough now for me to do something for myself, although they are also part of why I’m doing it - I want to be a role model for them. I was so pleased to get this award, and I told them that I could not express how thankful myself and my husband were.”
Tui also thanked Kaitaia Regional Administrator, Melissa Williams, for the support she gave her through NorthTec’s Tautoko Mai (Māori mentoring) programme.
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