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Pioneer podcasts tell the stories of our early alumni

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Just in time for our 150th birthday, a new Pioneer Podcasts page has been launched on our 150th website. The podcasts feature pioneering alumni talking about their time at University, their careers and the early days of Dunedin.

A colourful, joyful tribute to 150 years

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

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

Making dreams a reality

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Owning a home in the south of France sounds an unlikely dream, but Otago alumna Jennifer Andrewes and her family have made that dream a reality.

Profile: Carrie Falling

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Carrie Falling was a recipient of the MacGibbon PhD Travel Fellowship (Division of Health Science), which is funded by the Alumni of Otago in America Inc. This scholarship allows PhD candidates to travel to the US for up to six months to undertake activities related to their PhD.

Governor-General to attend Otago's 150th celebrations

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The Governor-General of New Zealand, Her Excellency the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, is to attend the celebrations at Queen's Birthday, delivering the 150th Anniversary address at the Convocation Ceremony on Saturday 1 June.

Sydney alumni event 2019

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Speaker, alumnus David Kirk entertained guests at the 2019 Sydney alumni event with the thought that our university years are the free-est time of our lives while highlighting the experiences that helped him find and define his 'authentic self'.

Auckland Gala 2019

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Friday, 17 May 2019

The spectacular and stately Grand Foyer of the Auckland War Memorial Museum was the setting for the Auckland Gala event held to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Four Honorary Doctorates to mark sesquicentennial

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

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.

Doing amazing things with clay

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

You've probably seen stop-motion animation or claymation in TV shows such as Shaun the Sheep, Pingu or Wes Anderson's film Fantastic Mr Fox, and now Science Communications alumna Rachel Anson has used it to help connect with the complex audience of teenage women.

Brisbane alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Around 30 alumni from Brisbane and the surrounding area joined for a casual get together with Shelagh Murray, Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the Hilton Brisbane on 11 April 2019.

Samoa alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

140 alumni, friends and distinguished guests gathered at Apia's Aggie Greys for a dinner to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Fiji alumni event 2019

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

To celebrate the University's 150th anniversary alumni and friends gathered at the New Zealand High Commission Residence in early April. This was the Vice-Chancellor's Professor Harlene Hayne's first visit to Fiji and she was welcomed to the event with a cultural performance by Kabu ni Vanua.

Close match kicks off Kansai rugby tour


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

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.

Tally Ho! 3 to celebrate renowned talent and iconic tunes


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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.

Picnic launches year of 150th celebrations

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Friday, 15 March 2019

The sun shone and town definitely came to gown in February, when Dunedin residents and their families set up picnics on the Clocktower Lawn for the public launch of the University's 150th anniversary.

Networks and events

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Friday, 15 March 2019

The 2019 events calendar has kicked off. Take a look at what we have been up to so far this year.

Summer research programme a hit

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Friday, 15 March 2019

Over the summer, while many students were hitting the beach, 80 mainly second, third or fourth-year Otago students were in the lab working as summer research students.

Stroke of luck brings bell home

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Friday, 15 March 2019

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

Carole McArthur – on a mission

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Friday, 15 March 2019

For a long time now, Carole McArthur has been on a mission. From growing up in South Otago and studying Zoology at Otago, she has taken her interest in immunology and combined it with her drive to help people with HIV.

Otago grads shine at "New Zealander of the Year" awards

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Friday, 15 March 2019

Half the winners of this year's Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards are Otago alumni. Professor Bill Glass, triple Otago graduate Kendall Flutey, and Ian Taylor were each recognised for their achievements.

Town comes to gown for the anniversary picnic

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Friday, 15 February 2019

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 music on the Clocktower Lawn for the public launch of the University's 150th anniversary.

Life still all about balance

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Friday, 25 January 2019

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.

Kuala Lumpur alumni event November 2018

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Alumni and friends gathered at the NZ High Commissioner's Residence in Kuala Lumpur on November 22 2018 to meet old friends and make new ones

A Beatles goodbye to Dunedin's Albany Street studio

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Monday, 17 December 2018

In a Beatles-like tribute a group of Dunedin musicians, joined by some former Otago students, gathered at the Albany Street recording studio to record an album of 22 songs over three days.

Father and son share deep Otago bonds

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Monday, 17 December 2018

Centenarian Emeritus Professor Alan Horsman spent more than a quarter of a century leading the English Department at the University of Otago.

From the archives: A life worth celebrating

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Monday, 17 December 2018

What started as plans to hold a small ceremony in Waimate to mark 100 years since the passing of a local legend, turned in to an all-day celebration of her remarkable if somewhat short life.

Generous donation from Otago Phoenix Club on their 50th anniversary

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Monday, 17 December 2018

At the Otago Phoenix Club's 50th anniversary celebrations in November, University of Otago Advancement Services Manager Louise Lawrence accepted a very generous donation on behalf of the University's Foundation Trust, for the Dr Ted Nye Studentship Fund.