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Creating a world-leading distillery

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Wednesday 1 December 2021

Regular chats with his brother-in-law Daniel McLachlin at family gatherings led Otago alumnus Mark Neal to take a punt and set up a gin distillery with Daniel in Canterbury.

Otago alumnus recognised for improving sailing safety

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Wednesday 10 November 2021

Sailing since he was four, University of Otago alumnus Associate Professor David Austin is about to be honoured by Yachting New Zealand for many years of service to the sport he loves.

Keeping an eye on the University’s energy use

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Thursday 7 October 2021

Property Services are using innovative technology solutions to improve energy use in some of the University’s key buildings. The need to make the most of our current building stock, while reducing our energy use, gave Otago alumna Kelly Li a chance to join the staff of her former university.

Supporting Otago

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Iconic music group SIX60 have bought their old flat in Castle Street and partnered with the University, signing an agreement at the end of July at Te Korokoro o te Tūī, Otago's new Performing Arts centre, under which both SIX60 and the University will provide two $10,000-a-year scholarships each, for a total of four aspiring Performing Arts students to live at the flat.

Alumni in the news

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Alumni in the news: Anna Campbell wins Young Enterprise Contributor of the Year award; Mary Devine takes over as CEO of Foodstuffs; Retiring GP Dr John Almond talks about 40 years in general practice in Te Puke; and Katrina Darry has been the All Blacks’ nutritionist since 2008.

Why We Heart Otago 

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Thursday 23 September 2021

The University of Otago’s staff and students continue to serve on the front lines of New Zealand’s COVID-19 response.

Alumni awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships

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Thursday 23 September 2021

University of Otago PhD candidate and two Otago alumni have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships, including two annual Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga awards.

Otago Images - Magnificent magnolia!

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Otago Images - From bud to bloom –  photos of our much-loved magnolia tree in the Quad, as it emerges from winter greenery into promising buds, and finally full-blown flowers!

Networks and Events galleries

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Galleries from recent alumni events including an event at the Grand Hall in Parliament with Hon Grant Robertson, an event in Greymouth with Robert Burns Fellow, Becky Manawatu, and events in Christchurch and Auckland.

Future entrepreneurs showcase their skills

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Friday 17 September 2021

The latest Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) class recently handed in their final project to complete their programme studies. MEntr Course Director Associate Professor Conor O’Kane says he’s thrilled with the highly innovative projects that the students have completed.

Keeping KiwiRail’s energy efficiency goals on track

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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Helping KiwiRail work towards its sustainability goals is the key focus of recent Otago graduate Malia Vehikite. Born in Christchurch to Tongan parents, Malia looked to follow her father’s footsteps into a career in engineering. However, after a year at the University of Canterbury she decided that her interests lay elsewhere.

An enterprising mind

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Advice at a high school international business competition helped Young Enterprise Contributor of the Year winner Anna Campbell towards a career in business. The award recognises the significant contribution Anna has given to business leadership over the last decade.

Alumni Global Lens photography competition

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Monday 30 August 2021

We would like to invite you as a member of the University of Otago alumni community to connect with us an share your experience of the world via the medium of photography in our inaugural photography competition.

Auckland alumni event July 2021

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Friday 27 August 2021

Otago's newest graduates and youngest alumni relived some of their University memories at the recent young alumni event in Auckland on July 13th.

Q and A: Olympic sailor Eroni Leilua

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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Otago alumnus Eroni Leilua has just returned from the Olympic Games where he became the first Samoan to represent his country at Olympic level in the Laser sailing event.

Greymouth alumni event July 2021

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Monday 16 August 2021

Alumni and friends of the University of Otago gathered in Greymouth on 29 July to reminisce of times at Otago, connect with other alumni, and to hear from current Burns Fellow and award-winning author of "Auē" Becky Manawatu

Christchurch alumni event July 2021

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Thursday 12 August 2021

The University of Otago's Christchurch 2021 alumni event was held at the University's Christchurch campus on Wednesday 28 July and was the first event of the 2021 Winter Symposium Series.

Interview with Shelagh Murray

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Tuesday 10 August 2021

An interview with Shelagh Murray, Director, Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Otago about her role at the university and the goals and visions for future development.

Wellington alumni event July 2021

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Tuesday 3 August 2021

Speaker and host, Deputy Prime Minister and alumnus the Hon. Grant Robertson entertained guests with memories of his time as a student and thoughts about how the University had progressed.

Devastating portrait of pandemic's toll on health workers

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Monday 2 August 2021

COVID-19 documentary 'Behind the Mask', made by Otago alumni Dr Paul Trotman and Clive Copeman, tells the story of the pandemic through first-hand accounts of frontline medical workers around the world. The result is a devastating portrait of the physical and emotional toll of the outbreak.

SIX60 returns to its roots

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Thursday 29 July 2021

Iconic music group SIX60 have bought their old flat and teamed up with the University, signing an agreement today at Te Korokoro o te Tūī, Otago's new Performing Arts centre.