Scholarship recipient’s career path in social work motivated by personal tragedy

Scholarship recipient’s career path in social work motivated by personal tragedy

November 13, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


A traumatic event breaks
many people, but in rare cases, it can be the making
of the individual. So it is with Natalie Moetu, a scholarship recipient from MIT. As Te Okiwa reports, after losing a close friend
to suicide, Natalie decided to pursue
a bachelor’s degree in social work. A gathering to celebrate
these young academics. Natalie Moetu of Ngati Raukawa
ki te Kaokaoroa managed to secure
the runanga scholarship which will take care
of her university’s tuition fees. Her own life experience led her
to study applied social work. However, that wasn’t
the only reason why she was picked. Her tutors say she always goes over
and beyond with her work. This scholarship is awarded
to those committed to their studies and commitment to Te Ao Maori – with hopes to grow the scholarship
in the coming years. She is a full-time student
and a part-time social worker for Te Kahui Tukaha – breaking the stigma of silence
is the mission. In two years she will graduate
with her BA in Applied Social Work. As the saying goes; one who partakes in education, their opportunities are boundless. Te Okiwa McLean, Te Karere.