Our postgraduate students

Meet some of our postgraduate students and hear what they say about studying at a comprehensive, internationally recognised health sciences faculty.

Dr Tina Gao felt like her PhD in optometry has prepared her for work as a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer.

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Hannah Rapata (Ngāi Tahu) is using her Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics to help improve equity for Māori health outcomes.

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Mary Anne is a New Zealand Scholarship recipient from Malaysia, who graduated in 2020 with a Master of Public Health.

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Summer Rangimaarie Wright (Ngāti Maniapoto) is taking a Māori Health and climate justice approach to her Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics.

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PhD candidate Ernest Cheah enjoys the independence of self-conducted research while still having support and supervision from the School of Pharmacy.

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Jo Hikaka is pursuing her PhD in pharmacy with the goal of improving medicines use for older Māori adults their access to clinical pharmacist services.

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Dr Amy Lovell was inspired by her masters research supervisor to continue studying nutrition at a doctoral level.

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International student Marilia Couto chose to study the Master of Health Leadership to transition from clinical medicine into management.

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Latasi Koro

Master of Audiology graduate Latasi (Tasi) Koro talks about her journey through University and the impact of her research.

The Master of Nursing prepared Foloi Asiata-Faletui for her role as Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist at Counties Manukau Health.

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Poutasi W. B. Urale was attracted to a PhD in optometry because of previous research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and involuntary eye movements.

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Through her doctoral research in obstetrics and gynaecology, Robin Cronin has become an author, speaker, teacher, traveller, and researcher.

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Jessee Fia’Ali’I is a health psychologist working with underserved communities, and encourages other Pacific youth to do the same with the PGDipHealthPsych.

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In the Philippines, mental health is a taboo topic. Eivry Kerxen Ambe is hoping to change that by studying health sciences in Auckland.

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Josh Cronin-Lampe studied a Master of Public Health because he wanted to affect policy and real change towards improving equity, population health and wellbeing.

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