PMA Scholarship eases financial burden for Nursing student – PMA Charity Ball 2022
Updates / Events , 10 Aug 22
Simione Tagicakibau was a recipient of the 2019 Violani ‘Ilolahia Wills Nursing Scholarship which was funded by the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Education Fund. Mr Tagicakibau shares that the scholarship helped him through his studies as a nursing student.

“I felt excited and thankful for being awarded the scholarship; I thank God for that provision towards my studies. Being selected for the scholarship really helped me financially as a full-timestudent”, says Mr Tagicakibau.

Next month the PMA Annual Charity Ball, which is the primary fundraiser for the Scholarships including the one received by Mr Tagicakibau will be held at Te Papa Museum in Wellington and all proceeds from this ball will go towards scholarships that support Pacific students and health professionals with their studies and careers. 

Mr Tagicakibau completed his Bachelor of Nursing this year and will be starting a new nursing role in Nelson, after having worked with Etu Pasifika Christchurch for the last few years. 

He is grateful that the PMA Scholarship connected him with Etu Pasifika to gain valuable experience while he worked towards his nursing qualification. 

“While I was studying, I was working with Etu Pasifika as a Casual Nurse and I’m thankful that they were able to provide that support while I was doing full-time study.”

Mr Tagicakibau is thankful for the role the scholarship played in his nursing journey and he looks forward to serving the Pacific community in Nelson.


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  -


Date: Thursday 11 August 2022

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