Manusiu he-Naua Esther Latu

Manusiu he-Naua Esther Latu chose to study Pacific Primary Health Care to address health inequities for Pacific people in New Zealand.

“I completed my undergraduate study at the University of Auckland in Health Sciences and I view postgraduate study as a further opportunity to reach my goals and help provide a better future for myself and family. I also see it as a way back to my family, to thank them for the sacrifices they made to move here from Tonga so we can pursue education as a way out of poverty.

“I chose to study Pacific Primary Health Care in New Zealand as I have a passion to alleviate and address health inequities and inequalities for Pacific people in New Zealand.

Being in this safe cultural environment with other Māori and Pacific students motivates me to keep going.

Manusiu he-Naua Esther Latu PhD candidate in Health Sciences

“My desire is to build a rewarding career in Pacific policymaking and academia in the subjects of Pacific health and primary health care.

“I have enjoyed the flexibility of being a mature student, and also the environment of supportive supervisors and colleagues.

“The doctoral workshops have also been helpful in academic writing. Te Fale Pouawhina Wananga and academic workshops have really helped me in my academic writing, presentation skills and networking with other Pacific students. Being in this safe cultural environment with other Māori and Pacific students motivates me to keep going.

“Being resilient is key for success – failure is an event not the person.”