Harriet's pledge to health

Latest news 1 July 2016 | Harriet Pauga is an experienced, committed and inspiring Primary Health Care Nurse. She is also a mother to four children aged 23 to 12 and committed community health volunteer.

Since graduating nine years ago Harriet has not only worked at the Mangere Health Centre, but mentored MIT & AUT students, lectured at MIT and organised health and educational expos at the Church of Latter Day Saints. She has also helped organise an annual blood drive in partnership with NZ Blood services for the past three years, encouraging members of the Pacific Island and Maori communities to donate blood especially bone marrow.

In response to the September 2009 tsunami in Samoa which claimed close to 200 lives, Harriet volunteered for the Samoa Health Mission. She travelled to Samoa for two weeks in a row, twice a year for a couple of years until 2014, undertaking first wound management post-tsunami, training nursing staff in Mato’otua Hospital, followed by ongoing diabetic wound management and providing ongoing support, training and advice for the health staff in Samoa.

As a practise nurse and now clinical nurse lead/nurse manager at the Mangere Health Centre Harriet supervises and mentors student nurses, precept new graduates, upskills & support her  nursing staff and provides complicated patient care and support.

“When I started my studies my baby was only 3 months old, she is now 12yrs old” she said. “My husband and parents were and are still very supportive of my aspirations as a nurse and it’s a decision I’ve never regretted.”

Harriet throughout all this had continued with her nursing studies at the University of Auckland, completing her post graduate diploma in nursing and now half way through her Master's Degree specialising in diabetes management.  

A recipient of a Counties Manukau Health Foundation Scholarship as a student nurse, Harriet laughingly says she has ‘pledged and served Counties Manukau Health ever since’.