New Zealand High Commission Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinean Women Recognized for Outstanding Academic Performance

Two Papua New Guinean post graduate students were each awarded a one-off cash prize award of NZ$1500 for being the highest New Zealand Pacific Scholarship academic performers in the 2012 academic year.

Barbara Angoro, from the Oro Province, pursuing a Masters in Health Science, Pharmacy at the University of Auckland and Becca Moroka from the Eastern Highlands Province who is doing a Masters in Agricultural Science at the Lincoln University were the two women who proved that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work hard!

Both Women were thankful to God for giving them the strength to achieve something great in their lives and wanted to expresses how indebted they were to have great husbands and family members who have supported them in every way possible to make their dreams come true.  They also wanted to encourage other women like themselves by saying, 

“Believe in yourself and be the best you can be. Know that you can never live twice. Do not let gender, colour or creed hold you back. The only person holding you back from being the best is yourself. Think big and long, and with the right attitude, only the sky is the limit”.

The New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, Ms Marion Crawshaw, whilst congratulating Barbara and Becca stated that the New Zealand Pacific Scholarship Programme is one of the biggest aid contributions that New Zealand provides annually to students throughout the Pacific. As a country, New Zealand has competitive advantage in certain fields and it is the country’s intention to share these advantages and leadership with her closest neighbours through education. Hence your achievement was also an achievement for PNG, “You have done well”, she said.

New Zealand’s Papua New Guinea scholarship intake for each year is 54 and this includes both undergraduates and post graduates. Competition for the 54 spaces is stiff each year with scholarship offers made only to those with exceptional academic records as well as those that are able to meet the other requirements.



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