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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Have doctor’s bag, will travel 

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Monday 12 July 2021

Dr Jenny Visser has led the postgraduate interdisciplinary travel medicine programme from the Wellington campus since 1999.

Alumni scholar makes the leap from law to cupcakes and the business of baking

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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Since graduating with an LLB and BA from Otago in 2010, Grace Kreft has been on a mission. Her desire to follow her instincts and forge a career from the things she loves most has seen her make the leap from law to baking, to business, and now into marketing - with a dusting of bringing people together on the side.

Events feature big discussion on small nations


Monday 21 June 2021

The University of Otago again provided a focal point for discussion on the close bonds between Aotearoa New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland during a recent visit by Faran Foley, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ireland to New Zealand and Samoa.

Young filmmaker hatches cracking kiwi doco

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Friday 18 June 2021

Otago alumna Madeleine Brennan's documentary 'Growing Up Kiwi' is a finalist in the 2021 International Wildlife Film Festival, and an Official Selection of the 2021 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.

Alumni in the news

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Thursday 17 June 2021

Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

Otago Images

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Thursday 17 June 2021

As the shortest day of the year approaches we take a look back at last winter's brief, but beautiful, dusting of snow that covered the campus and much of Dunedin.

Two exceptional young graduates' stories so far

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Thursday 17 June 2021

Tom Devine and Georgia Bellett are heading to the USA on prestigious scholarships. Tom has received the William Georgetti Scholarship and is going to Columbia University and Georgia has been awarded the NZ Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship and will attend University of California at Berkeley.

Twins serve up some winter wellness

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Thursday 17 June 2021

Their careers might be going in different directions, but Emily and Sophie Martin - aka Instagram influencers the Tasty Twins - are still producing delicious recipes and promoting ways for their followers to achieve a healthy life balance.

Love, tragedy, identity - good reads from Dame Fiona Kidman

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Thursday 17 June 2021

The nights are long this time of year, and what better way to spend the evening than with a good book? To help get us through the winter, we approached renowned author Dame Fiona Kidman DNZM OBE for a few "good reads" recommendations.

Top honours for University of Otago alumni and staff

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Thursday 17 June 2021

An inspirational group of 21 University of Otago alumni and staff received Queen's Birthday Honours at the weekend. The 18 alumni and three staff members were recognised for their outstanding contribution and service across a diverse range of areas.