Kua hikina te taupoki pūtea taurewa ākonga mai i te waru ki te tekau tau. He tauira tākuta a Kera Sherwood-O'Regan e mea ana kua wātea anō te huarahi ki ngā tauira Māori kia Māori ake te rāngai tākuta.
Hei tā Kera Sherwood-O'Regan (Ngāi Tahu), “The impact that this will have on so many of our people and so many of our rangatahi that are working their asses off to make a really big contribution to their community and to actually this in place now and to have that cap exteneded that is actaully going to make that reality.
He tauira tākuta i tōna tau tuatoru a Kera Sherwood-O'Regan e mea ana kua tūwhera te tatau kia tomokia atu e ngā tauira Māori ki ngā rāngai hauora.
“It means that people can go and study and do Hikitia Te Ora the health science course they can do the bridging programs they need to do, they can do another degree if they need to, to be able to get into med school," te kī a Sherwood-O'Regan.
Hei ta te rōpū tauira tākuta Māori a Te Oranga, i te kaha pēhitia ngā ākonga i raro i tēnei taupoki pūtea, e mate ana kia kohi i te tekau ma rima mano tāra kia ea ai ngā nama o ngā tau whakamutunga o te tohu tākuta.
“Maybe they haven't come from backgrounds they haven't come from Kings College, they haven't come from Grammar, who are set up to create the perfect pre-med student, they're able to actually have that pathway and for our people that's huge,” te kī a Kera Sherwood-O'Regan.
Hei ta te ropu tauira tākuta Māori a Te Oranga, he tānga Manawa mā ngā tauira Māori puta noa i Aotearoa kua kuhu atu ki nga kura tākuta i roto i nga huarahi paerua, rātau e whirinaki atu ana ki nga pūtea tautoko.
Heoi anō, koia ko tā Sherwood-O'Regan e mea ana,”I think the repercussion are going to be huge it's right step, it's a step in the right direction but it is just one of those but there is so much more that needs to be done as well.”
Hei te tau e heke mai nei hiki ake ai te taupoki ki te tekau tau mā ngā ākonga tākuta me ētahi e whai ana i te hauora niho, te hauora ā-whatu me te hauora kararehe anō hoki.