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Thursday 18 March 2021 9:02am

Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne's leaving picnic

An informal celebration was held on the Clocktower lawn on Friday 12 March to mark the completion of Professor Harlene Hayne's term as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago. You can read Professor Hayne's farewell speech that she gave at an Auckland alumni event on Thursday 4 February.

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Auckland Dental Facility opening

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The waiting area at the new University of Otago, Auckland Dental Facility.

The University of Otago, Auckland Dental Facility – which Professor Hayne officially opened on 4 February after a soft launch last year – had 11 students in 2020 and is progressing with 29 this year then to full capacity with almost 50 in 2022, which will be half the Faculty of Dentistry's final- year students and the facility's limit, Professor Hayne says. Read about the new Auckland Dental Facility

Visit the Alumni Facebook page to view photos from the Auckland Dental Facility opening.

Highlanders Coaches' Breakfast

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Alumni and guests were treated to a pre-game insight at the Coaches' Breakfast held on the 26 February at the Otago Business School. The breakfast was held on the morning of the Highlanders vs Crusaders game; the first game of the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season.

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