Latasi's Master in Audiology allows her to embrace her Pacific identity through research with the support of the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme.
“I chose to continue into postgraduate studies because I strongly value my identity as a young Pacific woman, and want to contribute that perspective to research.
"My masters topic is about the hearing health status of children living in Tokelau and Aotearoa. My passion here is to collect more credible Pacific-specific data to add to the narrative of health to shape systems to be more responsive to Pacific needs, and attempt to abolish the health inequities that Pacific people face. The field of audiology enhances my passion because it offers clinical skills in the specialist area of hearing health.
Throughout this challenging journey, MAPAS PG support has been incredible in helping me to persevere.
"Throughout this challenging journey, MAPAS PG support has been incredible in helping me to persevere. In my first year, I felt confident that no matter the time of day, there was a quiet study space with computers and a whiteboard that I had access to. It also helped me bond with other MAPAS students across the FMHS programmes.
“Going into my second year, I am excited about accessing the other postgraduate support programmes, particularly the writing retreats as I have a thesis to complete this year. I am also excited to find out what other Pacific students are exploring in their research, and learning how to shape my research process to better reflect the values important to my people.”