“I’m really grateful for what the scholarship gave me” PMA Charity Ball 2022
Updates / Events, 18 Aug 22
Phyllein Pauli Taetafe was the recipient of the 2019 Christina Atoa Tapu Nursing Scholarship, funded by the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Education Fund.

PMA will be holding a Charity Ball next month with funds being raised to go towards the Education Fund that will support Pacific students and health professionals through the provision of scholarships.

Ms Taetafe reflects on the moment she was notified that she had received the scholarship.

“I just finished an exam and got a call as well as an email that I had received it. It was really exciting and confirmed to me that this was what I’m meant to be doing.”

She says the scholarship was a blessing as she underwent her final year of studies.

“It paid for my last year and also helped me stand out when I was doing my ACE applications, which is what the DHB’s or the nursing schools use to put you where you want to work.

The scholarship gave me extra points and helped me land my first nursing role in the paediatric area which was where I wanted to work, so I’m really grateful for what the scholarship gave me.”

Ms Taetafe is now working as the Nurse Lead for the Otara Testing Centre under South Seas Healthcare. She is enjoying her role and hopes to see more Pasifika nurses in the health workforce.

The PMA Charity Ball is on Tuesday 06 September 2022 at Te Papa Museum in Wellington. To support the PMA Education Fund to ensure more scholarships are provided for Pacific health students and professionals please click on the following link to purchase tickets and tables for the PMA Charity Ball  - https://membership.pacifichealth.org.nz/PMA-Charity-Ball-2022

Date: Thursday 18 August 2022

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PMA Scholarships Gratitude Series: Phyllein Pauli Taetafe