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08 Dec 2023

Developing a passion for lake research

Water quality expert, Otago alumnus Professor David Hamilton, credits his Otago...

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08 Dec 2023

Alumna Jamie Wood first Otago graduate awarded Schwarzman Scholarship

International Business and Chinese language alumna Jamie Wood (Kāi Tahu) has bee...


06 Dec 2023

Inspirational graduates celebrated in 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards

Ngā mihi nui to the trailblazing 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners for 2023!...

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05 Dec 2023

Āwhina Scholarship an “incredible honour” for inaugural recipient

A generous donation from a general practitioner to establish a new scholarship i...

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05 Dec 2023

Final reunion for Dental Class of ‘63

It was with a touch of joy and sadness that the University of Otago Dental Class...

Class of '73

05 Dec 2023

First Christchurch Clinical School class celebrates 50 years of friendship

A special reunion in the Far North saw alumni converge from around Aotearoa New...

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04 Dec 2023

Networks and events issue 37

A year of celebration to mark 50 years of the University of Otago, Christchurch,...

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01 Dec 2023

Hot Picks issue 37

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfo...

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01 Dec 2023

Peacebuilder Award honours support for students and global peace projects

The visionary work of Rei Foundation, towards supporting students and building p...

Kobe Miller

01 Dec 2023

Chasing an Olympic dream

Otago alumnus Kobe Miller (22) is targeting a place in the New Zealand rowing te...

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01 Dec 2023

Alumni in the News issue 37

Legendary netball coach Robyn Broughton ONZM (pictured) honoured; Marketing Prof...

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01 Dec 2023

Otago celebrates 20 years of Pacific Voices

The Pacific Voices (PV) Symposium has long served as a site of growth, empowerme...

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30 Nov 2023

Global Lens Photo Competition winners

Thank you for another fantastic response to our 2023 Global Lens Photo Competiti...

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29 Nov 2023

The ‘Most Influential’ Mai Chen receives Otago honour

For one of New Zealand’s leading legal minds, returning to her alma mater to rec...

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08 Nov 2023

Rhodes Scholarship for excellence, leadership and commitment to community

Huge congratulations to Otago graduate Isaac Heron who has been awarded a Rhodes...

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27 Oct 2023

Te Rangihīroa College officially opens

The University’s first new purpose-built residential college in more than 50 yea...

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25 Oct 2023

Dame Carolyn Burns Fellowship a chance to give back

It’s more than 20 years since Professor Ross Thompson graduated from Otago, but...

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24 Oct 2023

Otago alumnus Professor Chris Greening awarded prestigious Australian Prime Minister’s Science Prize

Warmest congratulations to Otago alumnus and Monash University Professor Chris G...

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19 Oct 2023

Solo cycle across America scoops desert writing prize

With no cycling experience and no fitness training, Otago alumna Anna Welch boug...

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17 Oct 2023

New Dean takes the stage at Christ Church Cathedral

Alongside Theology, university studies in Theatre and Teaching have provided val...

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17 Oct 2023

Writer 2023 results: Alumni winners delight judge

What do a science fiction story about the appearance of a strange object in Lond...

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16 Oct 2023

Hot Picks

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfo...

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12 Oct 2023

Otago Images

Take a look at these wonderful University of Otago Hockey and Athletics club pho...

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11 Oct 2023

2023 Alumni event Malaysia

We invite you to view the photos below of our recent alumni event in Kuala Lumpu...

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11 Oct 2023

2023 Alumni events Singapore

We were fortunate to host our alumni event at the New Zealand High Commission in...

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10 Oct 2023

Emeritus Distinguished Professor Richie Poulton

It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of Emeritus Distinguished Professo...

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09 Oct 2023

2023 Alumni events London and Berlin

Please enjoy the photos below of recent alumni events in London and Berlin. Than...

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06 Oct 2023

Networks and Events

The University of Otago, Christchurch celebrated its 50th anniversary with a spe...

06 Oct 2023

Alumni in the News

The home of Otago’s first female medical graduate Dr Emily Siedeberg has receive...

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29 Sep 2023

Longview Trust support helps grow Theology at Otago

Generous support from the Longview Trust has created a wealth of new opportuniti...

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18 Sep 2023

Māori physiotherapy students spend day in korero with alumni

Around 30 second, third and fourth-year Māori physiotherapy students met with fe...

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16 Sep 2023

Otago alumna ‘delighted’ by honorary degree

Dean of the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and University of Otago alumna,...

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16 Sep 2023

Honorary degree for former Māori Land Court Chief Judge

After dedicating his career to Māori land law and family law, a University of Ot...

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15 Sep 2023

Professor Jemma Geoghegan appointed Webster Family Chair

After a global search, Professor Jemma Geoghegan has been appointed the Webster...

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15 Sep 2023

Wellington, Blenheim, and Nelson 2023 Alumni Events

We invite you to view the photos of our 2023 alumni events in Wellington, Blenhe...

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04 Sep 2023

Alison Grant: Otago’s first Football Fern

As one of very few Kiwi footballers who can claim to have beaten the USA and in...

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03 Sep 2023

Nicola Toki: walking a tightrope of hope

The interview has run over time, the chair of the board is trying to get in touc...

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01 Sep 2023

Alumni Global Lens photography competition 2023

We would like to invite you as a member of the University of Otago alumni commun...

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25 Jul 2023

Harnessing the power of sport as we age

Harnessing the power of sport, to create a sense of belonging and improve mental...

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13 Jul 2023

Law degree via the post

Northern England born Otago Law alumna Elaine Gill, arrived in New Zealand in 19...

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12 Jul 2023

Q&A with wandering scribe Kay Flavell

At the alumni event in San Francisco last year, we caught up with inspiring alum...

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05 Jul 2023

Otago alumni make global list of top 100 ophthalmologists

Two Otago alumni have been named in the global Ophthalmology Power List. Medical...

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05 Jul 2023

Family celebrate life of distinguished Otago physicist

Bruce and Ruth Cooper (DipHSc, 1963) visited the University of Otago late last y...

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04 Jul 2023

Special milestone for Angela Allen Radiation Therapy scholarship

The recent Graduation celebrations at Otago marked the 20-year milestone of the...

03 Jul 2023

Diabetes research garners support

A strong partnership between University of Otago researchers and the community i...

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26 Jun 2023

Otago alumni awarded prestigious Fulbright and Georgetti Scholarships

Four Otago alumni have been awarded prestigious Fulbright New Zealand Graduate S...

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20 Jun 2023

The sweet spot between intellectual challenge and individual connection

Combining a connection with people with the intellectual challenge of a legal ca...

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13 Jun 2023

Student and alumni team effort brings Law moot success

Thanks to a fabulous team effort by Otago alumni, students and staff, Te Kaupeka...

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13 Jun 2023

Q&A with Camden Howitt, New Zealand Environmental Hero of the Year: collaboration can take time but it’s always worth it

The 2023 Environmental Hero of the Year Te Toa Taiao o te Tau, Otago alumnus Cam...

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13 Jun 2023

Hot Picks

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfo...

13 Jun 2023

Scholarships support vital conservation-based research

Aotearoa New Zealand’s wildlife and natural environment will benefit from three...

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13 Jun 2023

New scholarships will support students across Otago

Many Otago students receive vital financial assistance during their studies thro...

13 Jun 2023

Law alumni gather to celebrate milestones and share expertise

Law faculty hosts, alumni and guests from across Aotearoa New Zealand and around...

13 Jun 2023

Otago Images

With the celebration of 150 years of the Otago Medical School on the horizon (29...

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13 Jun 2023

Graduate Te Hau Ariki Gardiner-Toi, learns and leads in community

For Otago graduate Te Hau Ariki Gardiner-Toi, the richness of his learning was n...

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13 Jun 2023

Eighteen Otago academics and alumni receive King’s Birthday Honours

Two distinguished Otago professors were among 18 Otago academics and alumni reco...

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13 Jun 2023

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13 Jun 2023

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13 Jun 2023

University Snapshot

New University developments and research...

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24 May 2023

Performance artwork nudges emotional bandwidth

A double major in Psychology and Theatre Studies at Otago underpins actor and pl...

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11 May 2023

5 Quick Questions with Sabrina Ragan 

I’ve spent over 20+ years in fundraising, most of which has been in the States,...

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11 May 2023

Perspectives from a distinguished career in International Law and legal education

Representing Canada and New Zealand, attending both Cambridge and Columbia unive...

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01 May 2023

Law at Otago – the sum of its people

Flats were cold, beds were warm, the Dunedin Sound was becoming louder – persona...

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14 Apr 2023

Delivering digital transformation to governments around the globe

The path from Arts graduate to international digital government expert involved...

06 Apr 2023

Honorary degree for esteemed lawyer and Otago alumnus

Top Canadian law professor and University of Otago alumnus, Emeritus Professor D...

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27 Mar 2023

Fellowship allows virtual reality expert to share expertise at Otago

Even in an increasingly online world, and even when virtual reality is your own...

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27 Mar 2023

Recognised for major improvements to Māori healthcare

His high school careers advisor told him he would be wasting his time if he chos...

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27 Mar 2023

Something in the water – the story of an alumni family

Fulfilling careers and a life-long partnership all started in Chemistry class at...

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23 Mar 2023

Donor-funded Entrance Scholarships celebrated

Donor-funded Entrance Scholarship winners were welcomed at a function in the Uni...

23 Mar 2023

Alumni in the News 

Dentistry graduate Christian Lio-Willie signs with the Crusaders, Natasha Callis...

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23 Mar 2023

Hot Picks 

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfo...

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23 Mar 2023

Otago Images 

To celebrate 150 years of Law at Otago, we thought we’d bring a well-known face...

23 Mar 2023

Networks and Events 

The sun shone for alumni, students and staff, along with members of the communit...

23 Mar 2023

Fifty years of mahi – a milestone for the University of Otago, Christchurch

‘Kia Mau’ – a call to come together and hold tight to one and all – is the chose...

23 Mar 2023

Vision 2040 – a new strategic direction

In February, the interim final version of Vision 2040, the new strategic directi...

28 Feb 2023

University of Otago welcomes new voice for public health

A new centre hosted by the University of Otago will boost the reach and impact o...

23 Feb 2023

Lady Pat Mark, a life of family, advocacy and books

It was with great sadness we learned of the recent death of Lady Patricia (Pat)...

16 Feb 2023

From wartime orphan to wildlife authority

An extraordinary life journey has taken renowned conservationist and science edu...

14 Feb 2023

Seeds podcasts discuss entrepreneurs’ journeys to success

Otago Human Nutrition alumna Elise Hilliam, and Law and Commerce graduate Neil E...

13 Feb 2023

In Pursuit of the Public Good

When he decides to do something, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)...

31 Jan 2023

Saying yes to the red shirt and giving back to Otago

It’s been a busy Christmas holiday for Lachie Scarsbrook. Taking his first trip...

26 Jan 2023

Podcast conversations aim to trigger curiosity and understanding

Otago international PhD graduate Amir Amini’s fascination for different viewpoin...

23 Jan 2023

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

Taking Otago’s distance-learning Certificate in Health Promotion in 1996 helped...

23 Jan 2023

Success is always about joining the kaupapa and working together

While acknowledging how special it is to have been made a Member of the New Zeal...

19 Jan 2023

Belief in a sound mind and a sound body

Leadership in rugby, long service to the University of the Third Age (U3A) and s...

16 Jan 2023

Honour for ground-breaking eye surgeon “a team effort”

World-leading eye surgeon Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer has been made a Companion...

12 Jan 2023

Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai - the biggest honour is to see students do well

In the 2023 New Year Honours, Otago’s Pacific Community Engagement Manager, Tofi...

12 Jan 2023

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

It was only after much reflection that Dame Farah Palmer, three-time Rugby World...

09 Jan 2023

Shocked, humbled and surprised - alumni and staff respond to receiving New Year Honours

Otago alumni and staff reacted with shock and surprise, and felt humbled when th...

21 Dec 2022

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

Cinderella, Britain’s Got Talent, TV drama Cilla, Doc Martin – chances are one o...

14 Dec 2022

Networks and events

Renowned physiotherapist Dr Stanley Paris was on campus for a special awards pre...

14 Dec 2022

Youth support for smokefree generation policy

Young people have shown strong support for the Government’s proposal to introduc...


14 Dec 2022

Global Lens photography competition 2022 winners

We had a fantastic selection of entries to our 2022 photo competition from our a...

14 Dec 2022

20Twenties Young Alumni Awards announced 

We are delighted to announce this year’s 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners....

14 Dec 2022

UBS refurbishment warmly welcomed

A new look, more versatile and accessible University Book Shop (UBS) is being wa...

13 Dec 2022

Research partnership to help prepare for future infectious disease threats officially launched

A new $36 million research platform aimed at preparing for future infectious dis...

12 Dec 2022

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

From editor of Critic to co-founder of subscription publishing start-up Substack...

12 Dec 2022

Law Faculty focused on future as it celebrates 150 years

A new Law Dean’s Innovation Fund, set to support and improve student experience,...

12 Dec 2022

Town and Gown partnerships support new opportunities for the future

Since the first classes in 1873, Law at Otago has been closely linked with the l...

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