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Alumni and Otago appeal projects in the news

Friday, 18 September 2020 9:06am

Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

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Printers in residence lining up the letters

Friday, 18 October 2019 1:07am

If you wander down to the far end of the 1st floor of the Central Library during the next few weeks you’ll get a glimpse of history in action through the glass walls of the Otakou Press Room.

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Coming up roses for the 150th

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:01pm

A donation of 20 heritage roses for the University’s 150th anniversary is in a new bed on the Dunedin campus and set to start blooming later this month.

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Milestones celebrated at 1869 Heritage Festival

Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:24am

The many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago were celebrated during the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, which was held in Dunedin between 25 and 29 September.

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International rowing regatta celebrates 150th anniversary

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 9:50am

University of Otago colours will be out on the water this week in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the University and the 90th anniversary of the Otago University Rowing Club.

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Seven inaugural Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair appointments to mark 150th

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 9:49am

In a new initiative, the University is celebrating its internationally acclaimed scholars by creating a prestigious new role - the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair (Poutoko Taiea).

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New book explores OUSA's history

Friday, 27 September 2019 1:48pm

A new book explores the story of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) from 1980 to 2015.

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Music and sunshine on the Leith

Friday, 27 September 2019 1:42pm

Otago’s own talented Performing Arts students, a wonderful group of volunteers, some sunshine, a whole lot of cushions and a crowd of students, staff, friends, family and tourists made for a fun afternoon of music on the steps by the Leith last Saturday.

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Philip Neill Memorial Concert celebrates 75 years of composition prize

Thursday, 26 September 2019 9:41pm

The Philip Neill Memorial Concert in St Paul’s Cathedral this Sunday celebrates 75 years since the Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music was established, and will feature performances of eight prize winners from the past.

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University celebrates new Chaplaincy lectureship

Thursday, 26 September 2019 9:28pm

At a special function in the University Council Chamber earlier in this week, seed funding for a new lectureship in Chaplaincy Studies was celebrated. Fund raising for the lectureship has been given a great start via the generous funding of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland.

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Blooming blossoms draw big crowd

Monday, 23 September 2019 9:46am

The annual cherry blossom viewing festival just keeps getting better as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

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1869 Conference and Heritage Festival to celebrate a range of ‘firsts’

Monday, 23 September 2019 12:05pm

The many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago are set to be explored and celebrated during the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, which starts in Dunedin on 25 September.

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Grant recognises football success

Monday, 23 September 2019 11:32am

On the heels of its success in the Dunedin league, the Otago University Association Football Club Te Kapa Poiwhana o te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou men’s premier team has received a grant of $5,500 from the Vice-Chancellor’s strategic fund, as a 150th anniversary initiative.

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Stitching together the fabric of the University

Monday, 2 September 2019 12:53pm

Care, skill, humour and attention to detail are woven into the tapestry created by the Otago Embroiderers’ Guild which tells the story of the University of Otago.

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Finding global peace through inner peace

Thursday, 29 August 2019 6:58pm

The University’s Clocktower Lawn glowed with 150 lights for peace at the Otago Light of Peace ceremony on Tuesday evening.

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Gold Ball a glittering town-and-gown success

Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:08pm

A golden chandelier, strings of sparkly fairy lights and plumes of gorgeous feathers greeted ball-goers when they ran in from the rain on Saturday evening for the 150th Anniversary Gold Ball at the Dunedin Town Hall.

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150th rose a ray of sunshine

Monday, 12 August 2019 2:26pm

A ray of sunshine landed in Dunedin last week with the arrival of the newly-released Otago University 150th anniversary rose.

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150 cards hit second print run and inspire game

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 9:53pm

As the second print run of the ‘150 Tau, 150 Kupu’ is about to roll out from UniPrint, we asked Claire Porima, from the Office of Māori Development, for her reaction to the response to the cards.

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Messages from Myanmar

Thursday, 25 July 2019 2:16pm

The University's 150th anniversary has rekindled memories for Otago alumni from around the world. Recollections sent to the alumni office include a first-hand account from mining graduates from Burma (now Myanmar) who were students at the School of Mines in the 1950s.

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A sparkling staff occasion for the 150th

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 9:50pm

What better way to light up winter and celebrate the 150th than a fun night of dancing, glitz and glamour?

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Inaugural University creative writing competition launched

Monday, 8 July 2019 10:38am

A creative writing competition for staff and students opens today, as part of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

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Speeches the hidden gems of the 150th anniversary weekend

Wednesday, 3 July 2019 3:07pm

The hidden gems amongst the 150th celebrations at Queen's Birthday weekend were the speeches given at the Convocation Ceremony, the church service and by the honorary doctorate recipients at the Anniversary Dinner.

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Dentistry faculty gives schools 150 mouthguards to celebrate University’s 150th birthday

Thursday, 13 June 2019 3:14pm

The University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary by donating 150 custom-fitted mouthguards to schools and promoting the use of mouthguards among students when playing sport.

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A colourful, joyful tribute to 150 years

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 11:26pm

The photos tell the story – the 150th celebrations at Queen’s Birthday weekend were a colourful, joyful tribute to the past 150 years and a window to the hope and promise of Otago’s future.

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Pioneer podcasts tell the stories of Otago’s early alumni

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:14am

Just in time for the University’s 150th birthday, a new Pioneer Podcasts page has been launched on the 150th website.

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Exhibition celebrates University's first 150 years

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:23pm

When the residential colleges were full in 1967 and a male student went searching for an alternative, he found a flat of accepting females to live with. The story of mixed flatting is one of many told in the University's 150th exhibition at Otago Museum which opens this weekend.

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Governor-General to attend Otago’s 150th celebrations

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 9:58pm

The big weekend of celebrations for the University’s 150th anniversary is just around the corner.

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Four Honorary Doctorates to mark sesquicentennial

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 4:26pm

Four University of Otago Alumni will be recognised for their life’s work and their contribution to the University, New Zealand and the world during a special graduation ceremony on 1 June.

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Rising to the challenge - first Pacific graduate paves the way

Monday, 15 April 2019 9:50pm

Working across cultures and around the globe, Papali’i Dr Viopapa Annandale-Atherton has quietly forged a distinguished career in public health and as an advocate for women’s rights, helping pave the way for generations of Pacific Island medical students.

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150th history firmly grounded with the people at the heart of Otago

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 9:45pm

Squeezing 150 years of history into one volume was Dr Alison Clarke’s biggest challenge in writing the recently launched Otago: 150 Years of New Zealand’s First University.

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150th artwork competition the perfect summer pastime

Monday, 8 April 2019 12:30pm

The University’s 150th anniversary artwork competition was the perfect excuse for winner Ian McGee to spend the summer taking photos and creating images on his iPad Pro.

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Close match kicks off Kansai rugby tour

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:03pm

Despite a sharp reminder that winter is just around the corner, a good crowd of around 300 braved wintry showers and turned out to watch Kansai Universities play Otago University A in the first match of Kansai’s rugby tour to Dunedin.

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Distinguished Pacific alumnus returns for 150th anniversary weekend

Thursday, 28 March 2019 8:32pm

Last week, the Pacific 150th anniversary celebrations attracted alumni from around New Zealand and the Pacific region, to celebrate the achievements and acknowledge the important role and contribution of Pacific staff and students to Otago.

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Tally Ho! 3 to celebrate renowned talent and iconic tunes

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 2:51pm

Featuring 24 iconic Dunedin songs and seamlessly bringing together classical and contemporary music and musicians, this April’s Tally Ho! 3 concert is set to celebrate the enduring appeal of songs that provided the soundtrack for a generation.

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Launch of “Otago, 150 Years of New Zealand’s First University”

Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:45pm

The history book “Otago, 150 Years of New Zealand’s First University” by Dr Alison Clarke will be launched at the Staff Club tomorrow evening.

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Māori name and 150th kit for Otago University Football Club

Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:28am

The Otago University Association Football Club (OUAFC) kick started its season on Wednesday night with a special launch at the Otago Business School – celebrating its new Māori name and showing off its commemorative 150th anniversary kit.

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New Physiotherapy tradition launched for 150th

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 9:52pm

Second-year School of Physiotherapy students received their clinical name badge in a special ceremony at the Gowland Lecture Theatre last Friday – a new tradition created to highlight the additional professional responsibilities they will face as they enter the clinical education phase of their studies.

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Colourful street parade part of busy week of 150th celebrations

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 2:31pm

A lively “Colours” street parade, a special University Football Club kick-off, the launch of the 150th history book and Pacific anniversary events make for a busy week of Otago 150th anniversary celebrations.

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“Colours” street parade for 150th this Saturday

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 9:49pm

A colourful and lively street parade will be held this Saturday – with Otago staff urged to join the fun. The parade is one of a year-long series of events created to celebrate the University of Otago's 150th anniversary.

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Artwork competition draws on local creativity for 150th colouring book

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 11:45am

Feeling creative? Why not sharpen the pencils, get out the sketch book or camera and have a go at creating some artwork for the 150th anniversary colouring book competition.

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Kauri donated to mark 150th celebrations

Thursday, 28 February 2019 2:00pm

A 150th birthday present has been gifted to the University and planted alongside the Leith.

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Kansai and NZ Universities rugby teams visit during Otago’s 150th anniversary

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:21am

An exciting week of rugby is in store for rugby fans in the South, with the announcement that the Kansai Universities rugby team from Japan will visit Dunedin to play New Zealand Universities and the University of Otago during the first week of April.

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Town comes to gown for the anniversary picnic

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 4:19pm

The sun shone and town definitely came to gown on Friday, when Dunedin residents and their families set up picnics, played games and listened to the music on the Clocktower Lawn for the public launch of the University’s 150th anniversary.

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Pacific 150th celebrates the old and the Niu!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 9:42pm

Cake, song and prayer set the tone for the launch of Pacific at Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations last week.

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Historic characters, local sports stars and musicians kick-off University of Otago’s 150th anniversary

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 4:36pm

New students arriving in Dunedin are in for an extra special welcome this year, with the public launch of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations kicking-off this Friday, 15 February.

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Stroke of luck brings bell home in time for anniversary picnic

Monday, 4 February 2019 11:03am

It’s taken 142 years, but finally the clocktower bell from the original University premises in Princes Street has found its way home.

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Life still all about balance

Friday, 1 February 2019 5:12pm

Known for being “the most social group ever”, the first-year physical education class of 1969 has racked up some impressive achievements in the past 50 years.

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University of Otago’s 150th anniversary summer celebrations underway

Monday, 14 January 2019 5:14pm

The banners are up and the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary year is underway.

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Sit back, relax and tune in to Otago’s 150th anniversary this summer

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 1:51pm

The University of Otago’s 150th anniversary is up and running in two weeks’ time.  To celebrate the occasion and the many faces and features of the University, there’s a great range of reading and listening coming to a radio station, a bookshop and a newspaper near you.

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University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations set to go

Monday, 5 November 2018 7:22am

A picnic, a regatta, concerts, parades, a rugby match, a dinner and a ball – an inclusive, colourful calendar of events is being planned for the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations next year.