Year 11 Whakapiki Ake – Te Whe Programme

Four of our Year 11 science students were invited to join the University of Auckland’s Whakapiki Ake – Te Whe programme for Māori students interested in a career in health. They spent a day at the Faculty of Medicine and Health in Grafton learning about different aspects of health. First they visited the incredible Whakaaro Pai, Medical Sciences Learning Centre – full of specimens and models of body parts, and learned the Tikanga that surrounds entering and engaging with such a special place.  Then they learnt about Optometry – a career which combines physics and health, good work-life balance and a great salary. Later in the day they explored some hands-on Chemistry and Biology, as a taster of what they might learn if they choose to study a health or medical degree at university.