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Otago takes centre stage for Lexus Song Quest semi-finals

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Monday 23 May 2022

Congratulations to Otago alumnus Ridge Ponini and current student Sarah Hubbard for reaching the semi-finals of the Lexus Song Quest. Ridge, a proud Cook Islander, has an honour’s degree in Music and Sarah is studying for a Bachelor of Music.

Diving into a rewarding career

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Monday 23 May 2022

Learning about study options in the mid-nineties after a chat at Dunedin’s Captain Cook Tavern helped kickstart the future career of Otago alumnus – marine biologist Dr Richard (Rick) Hamilton.

Visionary leader and innovator Sir Ian Taylor honoured

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Tuesday 17 May 2022

Being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by the University of Otago is both an honour and a surprise for business leader, innovator and storyteller Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera) KNZM, CNZM.

2022 New Zealand Alumni Events

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Thursday 12 May 2022

After a break of more than 12 months the Development and Alumni Relations Office was thrilled to be able to host in-person events once again.

Delight as graduations return


Thursday 5 May 2022

Excitement is building as the University prepares to return to in-person graduations this weekend.

Janet Hoek wins Critic and Conscience award


Tuesday 3 May 2022

Regulatory loopholes are contributing to increases in the number of young New Zealanders exposed to nicotine through vaping, warns the winner of the 2022 Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

Making his mark in the banking world

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Monday 28 March 2022

A marketing career that began at Otago in the mid-nineties, has gone all the way for Shane Evans, who was recently awarded New Zealand Marketer of the Year.

Supporting Otago

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Monday 21 March 2022

When the University of Otago reached out to Harraways and their CEO Henry Hawkins to support the student community at a time of need, they didn’t hesitate to jump in and help.

One-day honeymoon for new Vice-Chancellor


Monday 21 March 2022

Professor David Murdoch’s first two weeks as the University of Otago’s Vice Chancellor have been very much in keeping with these uncertain days

Podcast and Interviews "Hot Picks"

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Monday 21 March 2022

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of podcasts, interviews, and lectures from Otago academics, visiting lecturers, and alumni.

Alumni Reunions

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Monday 21 March 2022

Alumni back on campus for their Arana Class of 1991 reunion.

Understanding, tolerance and generosity at heart of special gift

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Thursday 10 February 2022

A wonderfully generous gift from the late Mrs Ngaere Geddes and her husband, renowned anthropologist and Otago alumnus Professor Bill Geddes, will provide invaluable support and create exciting new research opportunities for students of Social Anthropology at Otago.

A very cool career

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Thursday 3 February 2022

From the start of her physio career Otago alumna Dr Jo Brown has worked with international sports teams. Twenty years after leaving Otago she is hoping to be off to Beijing any day now to support the Jamaican bobsled teams at this month’s Winter Olympics.

Q&A with Katie Batterton - 20Twenties 2021 recipient

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Monday 24 January 2022

Q&A with Katie Batterton - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded for contribution to health and nutrition through the provision of school lunches and teaching the importance of healthy eating.

Richard Higham: An Otago legend

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Tuesday 21 December 2021

Originally planning to spend a couple of years in Dunedin, current MBA Director New Ventures Programme Richard Higham has had more than 40 years off and on involved with the University of Otago.

Your Story – Young alumni behind the scenes of the COVID response

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Thursday 16 December 2021

Youth lead; booking system and immunisation register adviser; vaccinator - Grace Davies (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa) and Vince Costa talk about their varied roles in Wellington’s COVID-19 response and their motivation to make a difference in their communities.

Podcast and interview "Hot Picks"

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Thursday 16 December 2021

Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.