Mau worthy recipient of $12,000 Scholarship

Deputy Fire Chief, Richard Logan (left) said that it was not surprisingthat Mau Minhinnick took out the2016 Pukekohe PAK’nSAVE $12,000 Scholarship recently

Deputy Fire Chief, Richard Logan (left) said that it was not surprisingthat Mau Minhinnick took out the2016 Pukekohe PAK’nSAVE $12,000 Scholarship recently

Mau Minhinnick has contributed so much to the community, it is no surprise that he is the deserving recipient of the 2016 Pukekohe PAK’n SAVE $12,000 Scholarship.

The 18 year old Pokeno resident is not only a fire fighter for the Mercer Brigade, but has also volunteered his time as a first responder for St John over the past three years.
Upon finishing his studies at Waiuku College this year, Mau is hoping to continue his focus within the medicine area by studying a Bachelor of Health and Science, majoring in Para-medicine.
“I am so incredibly humble, and relieved, to have been awarded the Scholarship, as it takes so much pressure off of my studies. I find it pretty amazing that a local business owner can offer so much to a student and am so grateful to have been given this opportunity.”
Mau was selected from several impressive finalists from the Franklin area by the Scholarship Committee, made up of PAK’n SAVE owner Nigel Ollett, former Franklin Mayor, Mark Ball, localicon, Surinder Edwards and Scholarship Manager, Kylie Sousa, with Nigel stating Mau’s ‘commitment and service to the community is to be admired.’
“We know that more Paramedics are desperately needed, so I am rapt to be able to help Mau achieve his dream.”
Deputy Fire Chief, Richard Logan, said that the team couldn’t be any more proud of the fact that Mau had taken out the annual scholarship.
“He is one of the best up and coming fire fighters that we have and I would recommend him in any medical field.” Richard explained that Mau was known as the quiet one on the station, however, saw his potential the first call out he attended with him.
“The first call out I attended with Mau was a fatality in Meremere. Having his experience within St John, Mau knew exactly what to do and took charge, to the extent of even bossing me around. I was blown away by his attitude and the way he just got on with his job. It was then I realised that this guy has so much potential.”
Mau says that the most rewarding experience is being able to give back to the community and to be able to help others, hence his decision to pursue a career in Para-medicine. “I certainly owe my success to my friends and family, Waiuku College, and to everyone else who has supported me over the past several years. I am really looking forward to see what next year holds for me.”

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