named NZ Junior Doctor of the Year
She left school at 16 and had four children before choosing to try for medical school, now Rotorua Hospital’s Dr Tawa Hunter has been recognised as New Zealand’s Junior Doctor of the Year.
Staff at Rotorua Hospital honoured her achievement with a haka and presentation on Monday.
The award is under the jurisdiction of the New Zealand Medical Council and Dr Hunter will now be considered alongside the Australian winners for the overall prize in a virtual ceremony next month.
The 45-year-old said her path to becoming a doctor wasn’t easy but it was one she hoped other people – particularly Māori mothers - could aspire to follow.