Gracyn’s story

Kia Ora,

Ko Aoraki te Maunga.

Ko te Waipounamu te Awa.

Ko Ngāi Tūāhuriri te Hapu.

Ko Tuahiwi te Marae.

Ko Ngāi Tahu te Iwi.

Ko Gracyn Meredith toku ingoa.

Hello my name is Gracyn Meredith and my journey with WhyOra began in 2014 as a year 11 student at New Plymouth Girls High School. Throughout my high school years, WhyOra supported me through workshops, Kai, placements and most importantly knowledge. Fast forward to the end of my last year at school I was adamant to study Health Science at Otago University. I chose Otago because it has a special place in my heart as I whakapapa there. My first year of university flew by. I had the most amazing year and WhyOra were right there, supporting me. During first year, Mitch and Olivia visited me and other WhyOra students down in Otago. Their ongoing support was incredible, helping me find my place in the world and learning about my ancestry. It wasn’t all smooth sailing in Otago and although I thought it could be my home I found myself extremely home sick. I decided that I wanted to move home to be closer to my family. I still knew I wanted to be in health, but I wasn’t sure what area of health that was. WhyOra supported me and my decision. In 2018 I landed myself a job as a Dental Assistant for the Taranaki District Health Board at the Rangiatea Dental Clinic. This was my most loved job by far. The people, patients and to this day I am still a causal dental assistant for them. Maori health is something that is very close to my heart and this job gave me the opportunity to make a difference. At the end of 2018 I decided I wanted more and wanted to do more for my community. I enrolled at Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki (WITT) into their undergraduate Nursing degree programme, received the Sir Maui Pomare Scholarship and I have now finished my first year.  In the future I hope to be able to support young Maori with their journey into Health careers like WhyOra have supported me into mine. As Maori please take as many opportunities as you can and use services like WhyOra that are available to you. They are there to support us and they do an outstanding job.

Nga Mihi,

Gracyn Meredith.