Clinical Lead at Ko Awatea Dr Mataroria Lyndon received his Fulbright Award at a ceremony in Parliament held this week.
The Award, worth up to $30,000, will enable Dr Lyndon to complete his Masters in Public Health at the University of Harvard in Boston.
Dr Lyndon’s study abroad is expected to take one year.
The fluent Te Reo Speaker told the Te Karere programme shortly after receiving the award that the award isn’t so much an honour for himself as an honour for his family and iwi.
“I want to go and learn different strategies and innovations and bring them home to contribute to Maori Health,” he told the programme in Te Reo.
It is important that other young Maori see there is a path for them to work in health and also excel on the international stage, he said.
Fulbright Award recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential and ambassadorial qualities.