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Kathleen Hall Centennial Memorial Scholarship

From 1996 – 2005 the NZ China Friendship Society Inc. in association with NZ Nurses Organization Inc. awarded the Kathleen Hall Centennial Memorial Scholarship to provide an award of $1,500, later raised to $3,000, for a NZ registered nurse to undertake graduate study in an area of nursing in the community.

There have been nine scholarship winners since then, all of whom captured the spirit of Kathleen Hall in their applications.

1996 – 2005 Kathleen Hall Scholars

2005 Christine Darkins (Tina) Auckland Community Health. Tina completed the 2nd year of her PhD in nursing at AUT. As part of her study Tina undertook a research project exploring community organizations in the areas of health and social services in Northland to identify factors that contribute to their success and the difficulties they face. Northland is acknowledged as being one of the most disadvantaged areas in New Zealand. Tina wanted to develop a tool that will assist families in locating local community services, that will also inform policy makers and planners for the future, enhance community development and build on the strengths of a local community-based service run by local people within the community.

2004 Gabrielle Gallagher Auckland Primary Health. Gabrielle, a nurse at the Roskill Family Health Centre, she did a Master’s degree in Nursing to enable her to achieve nurse practitioner status and be able to work with more groups in the community.

2002 Jenny Caston Auckland Public Health. Jenny, a Plunket District Nurse in Avondale, Auckland has worked in Kenya and Tanzania as well as London and Onehunga. With this scholarship, she undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health at Auckland University. In her application for the scholarship, she wrote: “In my own experience of seeking work overseas for a not-for-profit organization, I identify with the motives and aspirations of Kathleen Hall herself. I chose to live, raise my three children and work amongst people of cultures other than my own. I now have a depth of understanding and appreciation of other cultures that few New Zealanders experience.”

2001 Frances Waimate Ngamoki (better known as Wai) Bay of Plenty Diabetes. Wai works as diabetes educator in Whakatane and holds regular clinics in Opotiki, Kawerau and various rural centres. She used the scholarship to further her study of the care of diabetes in her Bay of Plenty community. She is an active volunteer in her community at both school and marae, and she is able to relate easily with people from all walks of life and backgrounds.

2000 Shelley Blackwell Ohope Paediatrics. Paediatric liaison nurse with a family health team, Shelley completed her certificate studies in Community Child Health through Otago University, with this Scholarship.

1999 Mary Freeman Masterton Drug and Alcohol Addiction

1998 Parani Harding Palmerston North Maori Mental Health

1997 Suzanne Fitzgerald Wellington Community Mental Health

1996 Sue Mathews Te Puke Plunket