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2017 Scholarships results

Largest cohort ever!

2017 marks the year for the highest volume of eligible applications we’ve ever seen for our mental health scholarships and support programme. The Futures that Work programme has awarded over 300 scholarships over the past 7 years and has contributed in a significant way to growing the size and skills of the Pacific workforce. For 2017 we received 113 applications and our unofficial results show that we awarded 67 recipients. This takes our grand total to 407 in our eighth year of managing the programme. Check out the photos of our 2017 recipients at their workshop and dinner on Facebook.

We can now see the tangible growth in the size and skills of our Pacific mental health and addiction workforce. This demonstrates the effectiveness of Le Va’s Futures that work scholarship and support programme – a combination of financial support, mentoring and pastoral care.

2017 Recipient profile

Our 2017 scholarship recipients are well placed to support our Pasifika communities.  Growing frontline workers and Allied Health professionals is key to developing mental health and addiction services for Pasifika families. Through these scholarships and support, and by linking in with Pasifikology (New Zealand’s Pacific psychology network), we’ve been able to grow the number Pacific psychologists and psychology students in post-graduate study. Like one of our newly registered clinical psychologists, Dr Chris Murray who is now committed to ‘paying it forward’ for our Pasifika young people. We’ve also been able to focus investment by working in partnership with the Pacific Health Workforce Awards, administered by the Ministry of Health – ensuring we have coordinated and targeted funding for priority workforce groups.


The University of Auckland (UoA) and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) were the most popular choice of institution by recipients.  

92% of all courses of study are at graduate and post-graduate level (Level’s 7-10).  54% are studying graduate (Level 7) and 39% post graduate (Level 8, 9, 10). 7% are studying certificate and diploma’s (Level’s 4-6).




* The New Zealand Qualification Authority provides a framework for assessment of qualification levels.  Full information regarding understanding New Zealand qualification levels, can be found here:



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