Liane Topham-KindleyTuesday 06 December 2016, 9:50AM
Twins Muniksha (left) and Madhuriksha Reddy. Photo Rewa Pene
Madhuriksha and Muniksha Reddy have been on a journey
together ever since they were born a few minutes apart 21 years
ago. This month, they enter another chapter on that journey
when they both graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmacy
In fact, the twin's journey to become pharmacists has
been a family affair. Born in Fiji, their parents, Muni and Renuka
Reddy, decided to relocate to New Zealand when their daughters
began their senior secondary school studies to help them become
familiar with the NCEA system.
The twins studied at Hillcrest High School in
Hamilton for their final three years of secondary school before the
family, including their younger sister, Madhaviksha (19) shifted to
Upon completing their first year health sciences'
studies, Madhuriksha and Muniksha were both accepted into
"We wanted to do something together," Muniksha
"We have always been in the same class - the same
everything - we have quite a close bond.
"People think we are best friends, not
While the twins are not identical, they spend a lot
of time together and in an interview withPharmacy Today, would
often finish each other's responses.
They have both thoroughly enjoyed their studies at
the Otago School of Pharmacy.
"It's [pharmacy] exciting and it's really rewarding,
just the idea of being able to - and knowing - that you can help
people," Muniksha says.
Not a common occurrence to have a set of twins
studying at the school, they have created some confusion for the
university's administration teams. They laugh that with the
same birth date and similar names and the same parents, there was
some confusion that they were just one person.
Overall, however, the pair say it's been a positive
experience studying with someone so close to them.
"It's been good having someone to study with and
motivational as well," Madhuriksha says.