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Saying yes to the red shirt and giving back to Otago

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Tuesday 31 January 2023

It’s been a busy Christmas holiday for Lachie Scarsbrook. Taking his first trip home from the UK since leaving for the University of Oxford nearly two years ago, not only was his research about a new species of gecko published – including collaboration with iwi over Te Reo Māori scientific and common names – but he decided to extend his trip by two weeks to help out for the fourth time as a “red shirt” at Hands On at Otago.

Honour recognises advocacy for equity, social justice and anti-racism

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Monday 23 January 2023

Taking Otago’s distance-learning Certificate in Health Promotion in 1996 helped create the foundations of a career in public health for Dr Heather Came-Friar, who was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori, education and health in the New Year Honours.

Success is always about joining the kaupapa and working together

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Monday 23 January 2023

While acknowledging how special it is to have been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year Honours, Kaikōura High School principal John Tait (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia) says in reality there are a huge number of people who have been instrumental in the development of his career, enabling him to do things “I would never have done just by myself”.

Belief in a sound mind and a sound body

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Thursday 19 January 2023

Leadership in rugby, long service to the University of the Third Age (U3A) and support for the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra has been recognised in the 2023 New Year Honours list. University of Otago MBA Director of the New Ventures Programme, Richard Higham, was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in the awards, which were announced in Wellington this month.

Dame Farah Palmer – New Year Honour a chance to shine a light

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Thursday 12 January 2023

It was only after much reflection that Dame Farah Palmer, three-time Rugby World Cup winning captain of the Black Ferns, decided to accept the honour of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, announced in this year’s New Year Honours. The honour is in recognition of her services to sport, particularly rugby.

Drama at Otago paves way for career as voice coach to the stars

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Wednesday 21 December 2022

Cinderella, Britain’s Got Talent, TV drama Cilla, Doc Martin – chances are one of the actors or singers you’ve heard on film, TV or stage has been trained by Otago alumna and voice coach to the stars, Anne-Marie Speed.

Global Lens photography competition 2022 winners

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Wednesday 14 December 2022

We had a fantastic selection of entries to our 2022 photo competition from our alumni. Our four judges were once again impressed with the high standard of photographs submitted. When the judges’ decisions were collated, we found that several photographers dominated this year’s competition. Congratulations to our winners and runners up for 2022 and thank you to all our wonderful alumni who entered!

Networks and events

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Wednesday 14 December 2022

Renowned physiotherapist Dr Stanley Paris was on campus for a special awards presentation. It was wonderful to reconnect with alumni at events in the Pacific, Australia, North America and Southeast Asia. The Court of Benefactors gathered at the Staff Club in October. The Physics department and DARO welcomed family of distinguished alumnus Professor William (Bill) McLean. The medical class of 2002 celebrated their 20th anniversary.

Youth support for smokefree generation policy

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Wednesday 14 December 2022

Young people have shown strong support for the Government’s proposal to introduce a smokefree generation, a study by researchers at the University of Otago has found.

Leading the way – 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards 2022

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Wednesday 14 December 2022

We are delighted to announce this year’s 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners. These trailblazing young graduates are already making their mark in their workplaces and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.

From Central Otago to Silicon Valley – Substack’s Hamish McKenzie on supporting writers and creating a new publishing ecosystem

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Monday 12 December 2022

From editor of Critic to co-founder of subscription publishing start-up Substack, Otago English graduate Hamish McKenzie talks about his time at the University and the writing career that took him to San Francisco, leading to the creation of Substack in 2017. Today, the email newsletter platform hosts some of the world’s leading writers, bringing with them their loyal readers, and creating a whole new publishing ecosystem in the process.

Town and Gown partnerships support new opportunities for the future

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Monday 12 December 2022

Since the first classes in 1873, Law at Otago has been closely linked with the legal profession in Dunedin. We are delighted that two firms with a long history with the University, Anderson Lloyd and Gallaway Cook Allan, have partnered with Otago as the major sponsors for the Law 150th anniversary and the new Law Dean’s Innovation Fund.

Health innovator and storyteller

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Wednesday 7 December 2022

Since leaving the University of Otago in the late eighties Dr Tom Mulholland has had a remarkable career, as much as an entrepreneur, innovator and self-help book writer, as a health professional.

Alumni writing winners named

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Friday 21 October 2022

The inaugural alumni winners of Writer 2022, the University of Otago’s annual creative writing competition, have been named. Giles Graham won the alumni poetry category and Rebecca Styles won the alumni fiction category.

A different kind of Dunedin sound

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Wednesday 5 October 2022

Most people are aware of the indie rock style of music called the Dunedin Sound, but it seems there could be another category of music the city is renowned for – classical singing.

Networks and Events

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Thursday 22 September 2022

Bloomberg Trading Lab officially launched. In August we officially launched Te Taura Takata, the BNZ Bloomberg Markets Lab, with the help of special guests Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson, CEO of BNZ Dan Huggins, Director of NZX Nigel Babbage and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Chair Matapura Ellison.

Celebrating Otago’s sports clubs

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Thursday 22 September 2022

Keeping with the sporty theme of Your Story, we’ve unearthed some precious photos of Otago sports clubs across the decades – from the football team of 1886 and the cricket team and cycling club of 1897, through to mid-century mixed hockey and tramping, and some of our sports clubs today. Enjoy!

From $30 a day to a full-time professional cricketing career

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Thursday 22 September 2022

Otago alumna Suzie Bates (Bachelor of Physical Education, 2012), has followed her passion for a career in sport to represent not just her home province of Otago, but her country in both cricket and basketball. Suzie took time out from her busy international schedule to talk to @Otago.