19 Dec 2017

First Tongan appointed associate dean in a NZ med school

6:49 am on 19 December 2017

A Pasifika biomedical scientist and researcher has become the first Tongan to be appointed Associate Dean at a New Zealand university medical school.

Chemical research in a science laboratory.

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Doctor Dianne Sika-Paotonu will be the new Associate Dean Pacific for the University of Otago in Wellington.

Dr Sika-Paotonu will be looking after the Pacific students enrolled into programmes such as medicine and radiation therapy.