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Awarding future success



11 MF-Zonta2ndchance copy-49A local second-year nursing student, and mother of two, has received a welcoming financial boost to help her achieve her career goals.

Kaiwaka resident Jaqueline ‘Jax’ Busby has been chosen as the winner of Zonta Club of Mangawhai’s Second Chance Study Award for 2017.

Zonta secretary, Sue Poynter, says the club is delighted for the young Mum.

“Jaqueline is a most deserving recipient who was chosen from a very competitive slate of candidates after a rigorous selection process.”

Encouraged to apply for the award by nurse and Zonta member, Helen White, Busby says she feels honoured and somewhat surprised at being selected over the ‘other deserving candidates.’

“Being a woman and Maori, I’ve always felt that I have had to prove myself twice,“ she says. “Zonta is such a good organisation in helping to empower women. Being chosen has given me a boost in confidence.”

Busby will finish her second year of a three year nursing degree at NorthTec in July and says the award money will go a long way to help with travelling costs in her final year.

“I’ll be travelling up to Whangarei Hospital four times a week so the award will help to take the pressure off. I’ll be able to focus more on studies.”

This is Zonta’s second year of offering the Second Chance Award which is open to woman residing in Mangawhai, Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto or Bream Bay areas who are currently studying to further their education.

“This award is made possible because of the generosity of the local community at Zonta fundraising events such as our Mid-Winter Ball and quiz nights,” Poynter says. “It is in addition to the two places awarded to young women on Spirit of Adventure Leadership Voyages and the Yellow Rose Award for Service to the Community.”


The Zonta Midwinter Ball will be held on July 29, so put this date in your diary and get a table together. The Renegades band will be returning by popular demand and tickets will be available from Bammas and the Mangawhai Pharmacy.

n Want to know more about the wonderful work and membership of Zonta Club of Mangawhai? Contact zonta@mangawhai.org.nz or phone Helen on 027 236 1557.

FUTURE SUCCESS: Zonta Club president, Jan Barnett, with Jax Busby at the May award ceremony.

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