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150th anniversary celebration fundraising projects

150th fundraising thumbAs part of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the University has chosen some very special and very worthy fundraising projects showcasing the diversity of successful initiatives across campus for our students, for the local community and for society.

Together we can make a difference…let’s start today

We would like your help in supporting the continued success of these amazing and varied initiatives – benefiting Otago, our students, Dunedin and the society either through research, new buildings, equipment upgrades, staff and student support.

Every dollar raised counts. Whatever the amount, your support truly matters and will make a big difference.

A new building for performing arts

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At Otago we are deeply committed to performing arts for our students and for Dunedin. We want to create a permanent modern building, consolidating staff, students and performing arts activities – music, theatre and dance and provide purpose-built, state-of-the-art multi-use recording and performance spaces for Otago students and the local Dunedin community.

The University has committed to a NZ $28 million project to construct a new building and refurbish existing buildings.

AA18 Arts facility mainWe believe our new School of Performing Arts facility will bring many benefits and national and international visitors to the University and to Dunedin, helping Otago to continue to provide unique and internationally recognised programmes and curricula and increasing our reputation in providing contemporary music performance and studio production programmes.

Building work has already begun. We are committed to delivering on our vision and on this significant investment; we would like you to be part of our vision too. Your financial support will go towards making our vision a reality.


expinkt logo small colourEXPINKT™ (Exercise Training Beyond Breast Cancer)
Rehabilitation Programme

Exercise provides valuable support for cancer patients and survivors through their treatment and helps them cope with related side effects. The EXPINKT™ gym is a NZ one-of-a-kind private gym for cancer survivors of all ages and ethnicities to come together, take comfort, and rehabilitate from primary clinical treatment.
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Clients are given individualised and carefully supervised training for six to eight months before 'graduating' to group classes. Significant improvements in fitness, muscular strength, and quality of life have been observed. Today the gym sees 120 EXPINKT™ gym members participating each week, some twice a week. There is nowhere in New Zealand that provides the type of support offered at Otago's EXPINKT™ gym. Your support will ensure this valuable programme continues to be of service to our community for the next three years.


For more information about the EXPINKT™ (Exercise Training Beyond Breast Cancer) programme, please visit the EXPINKT™ clinic website

Lecturer in Chaplaincy Studies

150th funds Lecturer in Chaplaincy studiesWith the growing public awareness of mental health, alarming suicide rates, stress and bullying in schools and in the workplace, Chaplains play an increasingly important role in many sectors of our society (in schools, tertiary institutions, prisons, medical and caring institutions and at work) providing pastoral care and support to people of all faiths faced with such challenges.

Through its distance learning programme Otago is the only university in New Zealand offering advanced professional programmes in chaplaincy.

Our goal is to raise an endowment fund of NZ$2 million to support a unique lecturer position in Chaplaincy Studies; the first in a New Zealand university dedicated to training Chaplains and enhancing their professional practice.

Your support will enable the University of Otago’s Theology Programme to continue to offer qualifications specifically designed to meet the needs of Chaplains already working in our community and those wanting to train to become Chaplains. It will also help to establish research in chaplaincy.

Otago University Debating Society

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Established in 1878, the Otago University Debating Society (OUDS) is Otago’s oldest society and in 2018 was awarded Otago’s Society of the Year.

The Society enjoys national and international success at all levels of debating and adjudicating.

As a member, students develop oral communication and critical-thinking skills important in their future careers and day-to-day lives. They learn about teamwork and how to examine arguments, construct their own opinions and the values of the world in which they live. Working with Dunedin high schools, members volunteer to mentor and judge students in the art of debating and public speaking.

Our goal is to raise an endowment fund of NZ$1 million to allow the Society to continue to foster a culture of debating 150th funds Debating Society logoexcellence at Otago.

By financially supporting the University of Otago’s oldest society, you will help OUDS to continue to compete, judge and host at the highest level nationally and internationally and provide students with the amazing life-changing and life-coaching opportunities the Society offers.


Otago University Rowing Club

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Otago University Rowing Club (OURC) was formed in 1929. Its purpose-built facilities on the Otago Harbour offer year-round indoor training and rowing for all Otago students, local community groups and visiting international students, successfully building on tradition.

The Club’s rowing teams regularly and successfully compete nationally and internationally against the world’s top universities. Otago rowing alumni include New Zealand representatives, Olympic and world champion rowers.

Our goal is to raise an endowment fund of NZ$1 million so that interest generated from the endowment can support a full-time Club Manager and Club Coach.150th funds Rowing scholarship logo

By financially supporting this very valuable student club you will be contributing towards its continued success and provide our student rowers with the opportunity to compete, travel and grow as athletes and as people. Club boats, facilities and awards may be named in recognition of your generous support.


Social Impact Studio

Student-driven change through volunteering and leadership

150th funds Social Impact studio landscapeThe Social Impact Studio is the next evolution of the University Volunteer Centre. The Studio is about student-driven change through volunteering and leadership. It will be a hub for social impact through creativity and innovation … a place where Otago students, staff, faculty and community work together to design and implement projects that benefit our society and environment.

Students care deeply about social issues like belonging, purpose, quality education, mental health and wellbeing and these are reflected in our key student-led social action projects.

Our vision for a Social Impact Studio relies on your financial support to succeed. Become part of our future story by supporting our key student-led social action projects and helping to maximise Otago’s positive student-led involvement and engagement.