Charitable Trust recipient: Pagan Tawhai

In each newsletter, we profile one of our Charitable Trust Grant recipients. This quarter, we give an update on Pagan Tawhai.

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We are honoured to have been able to support aspiring doctor, Pagan Tawhai, in pursuing his dream of becoming a medical doctor, specialising in endocrinology.

Pagan, 22, is currently completing his final year of medical study at the University of Otago campus at Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“I am pleased to be in my last year of study here in Christchurch, where I’m working in obstetrics and gynaecology at the moment,” says Pagan.

When asked about his future prospects, Pagan says that he will be moving back up north after his studies to specialise in endocrinology.

“Endocrinology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the glands, such as diabetes, which is a common disease among Māori people,” he explains.

Pagan is confident in his abilities and is an inspiration to his peers and other Māori students who wish to pursue medical careers. We admire his aspiration to give back to the Māori community too.

Well done, Pagan!