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1996 – 2005 Kathleen Hall Scholars

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He Ming Qing (Kathleen Hall) Memorial Scholarship

From 1996-2005 the NZ-China Friendship Society Inc. in association with N.Z. Nurses Organisation Inc. awarded the Kathleen Hall Centennial Memorial Scholarship to provide an award of $1,500, later raised to $3,000, for a New Zealand Registered Nurse to undertake graduate study in an area of nursing in the community.

Past winners

There have been 9 scholarship winners since then, all of whom captured the spirit of Kathleen Hall in their applications.

Christine Darkins (Tina) won the Kathleen Hall Centennial Memorial Scholarship 2005, when she completed the 2nd year of her PhD in nursing at AUT. As part of her study, Tina undertook a research project exploring community organisations in the areas of health & social services in Northland to identify factors that contribute to there success and the difficulties they face. Northland is acknowledged as being one of the most disadvantaged areas in NZ. 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.

Gabrielle Gallagher, a nurse at the Roskill Family Health Centre, was the 2004 Kathleen Hall Scholar. Gabrielle did a Masters Degree in Nursing to enable her to achieve Nurse Practitioner status and be able to work with more groups in the community.

The recipient of the Scholarship for 2002 was Jenny Caston, a Plunket District Nurse in Avondale (Auckland) who 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 organisation, 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.”

The 2001 scholar was Frances Waimate Ngamoki (better known as Wai), who used it to further her study of the care of diabetes in her Bay of Plenty community. Wai works as diabetes educator in Whakatane and holds regular clinics in Opotiki, Kawerau and various rural centres. 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.

In 2000 the scholar was Shelley Blackwell, Paediatric Liaison Nurse with a Family Health Team, who completed her certificate studies in Community Child Health through Otago University, with assistance from the Kathleen Hall Centennial Scholarship.

2005 Christine Darkins (Tina) Auckland Community Health

2004 Gabrielle Gallagher Auckland Primary Health

2002 Jenny Caston Auckland Public Health

2001 Frances Waimate Ngamoki Bay of Plenty Diabetes

2000 Shelley Blackwell Ohope Paediatrics

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 Matthews Te Puke Plunket