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Abigail Haurua came to Future Skills to gain a qualification which would back up her experience working in the mental health sector.

Abigail is a current student of our Mental Health and Addiction Level 4 programme.

Abigail is a qualified radio broadcaster as well as a Mental Health Specialist Consultant. She has previously been working in Tangata Whaiora in Australia, caring for vulnerable adults who had psychological issues and preparing them for employment.  

Though Abigail had experience working in the field of mental health, she lacked a qualification to back up her experience.

Upon asking what led her to pursue the programme, she says: “I decided to come to Future Skills when I saw they were offering MH L4 for free under TTAF.”

Abigail describes her experience of studying at Future Skills as an enriching one.

“We had a lot of discussions of life experiences and also learning about the Whaiora from a Maori view.  This included the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the three P’s – Partnership, Protection and Participation. It also aligned with Whaiora in the working environment.” she says.

For Abigail, the best part of studying at Future Skills was the opportunity to increase her knowledge, build relationships and understand and appreciate cultural diversity.

“My time at Future Skills taught me to accept people for who they are at all levels and backgrounds” she says.

She is thankful to the entire team at Future Skills - the tutors, the support staff, the management team and the student council representatives for their constant support.

She mentions her tutor, Sarai Tufala, in particular whom she says “always makes time available for all students”.

As a graduate, Abigail will take with her not only the knowledge she received from studying but happy memories as well. 

She has a message for everyone who wishes to study at Future Skills: “Come with an open learning mind - there is a lot of aroha here at Future Skills”.

Abigail aims to study further and pursue a master’s degree in the field of Mental Health. We wish her all the best for her future endeavours.