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@Otago 28 - Keeping KiwiRail’s energy efficiency goals on track
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Helping KiwiRail work towards its sustainability goals is the key focus of recent Otago Energy Management graduate Malia Vehikite.

@Otago 28 - Your Story - Legacy of Dr Edward Grant supports a generation of young doctors
Thursday, 23 September 2021
@Otago 28 - The legacy of Otago alumnus Dr Edward Grant, who worked tirelessly for the communities of the North Island’s East Coast, lives on in a generation of young doctors in training.

@Otago 28 - Making a Difference - Generous gift from distinguished Classics alumna
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Distinguished scholar and lifetime adventurer, Classics alumna Elizabeth Carvalho has left a generous Bequest to the Classics programme, to encourage and inspire students in their studies.

@Otago 28 - Why We Heart Otago 
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.

@Otago 28 - Otago Images - Magnificent magnolia!
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!

@Otago 28 - Major prize for pianist Sara Lee – ‘performing makes me feel alive'
Thursday, 23 September 2021
We catch up with talented young pianist Sara Lee who has just won a major international music competition. Sara, who was born in Korea, studied in Moscow and graduated from Otago last year with a Bachelor of Music endorsed in Performance.

@Otago 28 - Networks and Events galleries
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 28 - Alumni awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships
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 28 - Supporting Otago
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.

@Otago 28 - Alumni in the news
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.

Future entrepreneurs showcase their skills
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.

Recent PhD graduate discusses how diabetes drug could aid lung cancer sufferers
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Dr Abigail Bland can be found in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, looking at how the diabetes drug metformin can be repurposed for a subtype of lung cancer. 

Keeping KiwiRail’s energy efficiency goals on track
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
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.

Staff and students help in fight against COVID-19
Monday, 6 September 2021
The University of Otago’s staff and students continue to serve on the front lines of New Zealand’s COVID-19 response.

@Otago 28 - Alumni Global Lens photography competition
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

No two days the same working on the COVID-19 response
Thursday, 22 July 2021
Working at the coalface of Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response, every day brings new challenges for Otago alumna Tara Swadi.

Generous Donations behind rise in scholarships
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
A rise in donations has led to an increase in scholarships from a group of generous Otago Medical School graduates.

Have doctor’s bag, will travel 
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
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.

University of Otago PhD candidate and two alumni awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
Tuesday, 6 July 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.

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
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.

Networks and Events galleries
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Galleries from a selection of alumni events that have taken place during 2021.

Alumni in the news
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
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
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
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
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
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.

John Gibb – 33 years of telling Otago’s stories
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Otago Daily Times reporter John Gibb is retiring at the end of June, and we thought it was about time we reversed the roles and asked him the questions. 

Sir Eion Edgar – valued friend, unwavering supporter and proud alumnus
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Since graduating with a BCom from Otago in 1967, Sir Eion Edgar KNZM has been a proud alumnus, valued friend and unwavering supporter of the University. Sir Eion, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year, died on 14 June aged 76.

Geology gift provides unique hands-on fieldwork opportunities
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Seeing a need for today's geology students to develop their hands-on field skills, Otago Geology alumnus Clynt Nauman and his fellow geologist and wife Jan decided to put their support behind re-establishing and enhancing two field trips run by Otago's Department of Geology.

Lecture Hot Picks - @Otago 27
Thursday, 17 June 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

Gift acknowledges special role of breast cancer gym, and special mum
Thursday, 17 June 2021
On the spur of the moment Eryn Duffy entered a radio competition for $2,000, saying if she won, she'd love to give the money to ExPinkt™, a breast cancer gym run through the University of Otago.

Otago’s Internationalisation Framework,  Te Aka Whakaranea ā-Ao,  launches
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
The launch of the University of Otago’s Internationalisation Framework confirms its ongoing commitment to global engagement and partnership.

Sir Eion Edgar – valued friend, unwavering supporter and proud alumnus
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Sir Eion, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year, died yesterday aged 76.

Christchurch building gets final approval to start work
Friday, 11 June 2021
The University of Otago Council has this week approved final and full funding for a planned $178 million (total project) building in Christchurch.

Emeritus title for Tucker
Thursday, 10 June 2021
The longest serving Dean of the School of Pharmacy has been given an Emeritus title.

Top honours for University of Otago alumni and staff 
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
An inspirational group of 21 University of Otago alumni and staff received Queen’s Birthday Honours at the weekend.

Hākitekura and Wanaka
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
The beauty of Queenstown and Wanaka were matched at our recent alumni events by the performances of Drs Tessa Romano and Luca Manghi.

Prestigious scholarship will support Otago graduate's studies into health system reform
Monday, 31 May 2021
Otago graduate and Fulbright scholar Tom Devine has been awarded the prestigious William Georgetti Scholarship. The $90,000 scholarship will support his studies to complete a Master in Public Health at Columbia University in New York City.

Radiation Therapy scholarship a chance to make a positive impact
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Having spent the past year trying not to focus too much on her grades, Nadia Kahan was taken by surprise when she heard she'd been awarded the Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship for top Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduate.

Wellington Highlanders Coaches' Breakfast 2021
Thursday, 13 May 2021
Alumni and friends gathered for breakfast in Wellington prior to the Highlanders last game in the Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 season against the Hurricanes.

Sheila Langridge: Otago and other adventures
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
An unpublished memoir by one of our History alumni has delighted her grandchildren and given the Alumni office a treat. This is Sheila's story of her time at Otago from 1949 - 51.

Nicholas Madden – singing for royalty is all in a day's work
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Singing at royal weddings and funerals, with your performance being televised to millions around the world, is literally all in a day's work for Nicholas (Nick) Madden, Otago alumnus and Lay Clerk in the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Pūtea Tautoko steps up for Otago’s students
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
International PhD students Grace Duke and Jessica Valisa say the support they received from Otago’s Pūtea Tautoko fund has made it possible for them to finish their degrees.

First scholarship keeps Sophia’s light shining
Monday, 3 May 2021
Established in 2020 in memory of Sophia Crestani, the first Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship has been awarded to Emilia Haszard.

Calling for nominations for the 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Do you know a young graduate who is making a positive impact in their community, in their field of work, or in a wider arena, through their leadership, innovation, determination or research?

Stranded marine science enthusiast helps families capture the seashore
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
What was meant to be a summer turned into a summer plus a year. In November 2019, Tony and Peggy Evans took a routine trip from Sydney to New Zealand to see their daughter in Dunedin, only to end up COVID-stranded far away from home.

PM’s Emerging Scientist Prize a chance to highlight effects of climate change on marine environment
Thursday, 15 April 2021
Winner of the 2020 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, Dr Christopher Cornwall, says it is “exactly the right time” to highlight the type of research he is doing.

Return to the Gardies
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Close to 100 alumni and friends attended the pre-match function at the Marsh Study Centre, the former Gardens Sports Tavern.

Otago alumni and Centre for Micro and Nanoscale Imaging (OMNI) play central roles in new interpretation of Polynesian migration to NZ
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
The first publication in a trilogy of papers concerning three archaeologically significant scoria blocks, most likely marae stones, which were discovered on Rakiura, Tautuku Peninsula and Kings Rock (Mahaka Point) on the Catlins coast, was published in the international journal Geoarchaeology in February

Scholarships provide support, opportunities and motivation
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
The benefits of an Alumni Entrance Scholarship range from vital financial support to increased opportunities and added motivation to do well, according to this year’s scholarship recipients. 

Juggling COVID and the Tasman to keep the show on the road
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
COVID-19 did its best to disrupt Andrew Coshan's plans, and while it's been a bit of a rollercoaster year for the actor and musical theatre performer, he's managed to keep his career firmly on track.

Pearl Matahiki leaving the helm of the Māori Centre
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Helping tauira Māori through their tertiary studies has been a nearly two-decade journey for Pearl Matahiki (Ngāti Porou). Pearl left her role as Tumuaki (Manager) of Te Huka Mātauraka (Māori Centre) on 26 February after 20 years at the centre.

Networks and Events galleries
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Read about recent alumni and university events that have been held to date in 2021. The Vice-Chancellor's informal leaving celebration, the opening of the new Auckland Dental Facility, and the recent Highlanders Coaches' Breakfast.

Supporting Otago: Donor's $3 million gift expands options for southern scholars
Thursday, 18 March 2021
A distinguished neurologist and philanthropist's generous gift of NZ$3 million will support southern students to pursue their studies in Science, Music, Health Sciences and Engineering at the University of Otago and University of Canterbury (UC).

Lecture hot picks - @Otago issue 26
Thursday, 18 March 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.

Otago Images - Dental School
Thursday, 18 March 2021
A selection of images from the Otago Dental school, dating back to the opening in 1908.

Remembering Sophia – first scholarship in her name awarded
Thursday, 18 March 2021
The generous response to the Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship fund has meant that the first scholarship in Sophia's name was able to be awarded in March this year and fundraising for a second scholarship is well advance.

From lockdown London to summer in Dunedin – Jonathan Lemalu happy to be home and planning a concert tour
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Since last speaking with international opera star and Otago alumnus Jonathan Lemalu, he and his family have returned to Dunedin to spend time with family until the end of June.

Why we heart Otago - Dental Class of 1980 reunion
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Members of the Dental Class of 1980 celebrated their COVID-delayed 40th anniversary reunion by revisiting one of their old haunts - the Faculty of Dentistry's Walsh Building.

Alumni in the news
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

Creative disrupters keeping it real
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Deftly using humour as a courier for a serious message, it's the type of nimble solution which is becoming synonymous with Auckland creative agency Motion Sickness, founded by Otago alumnus Sam Stuchbury

A farewell to Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne
Thursday, 18 March 2021
As we farewell the Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, the Development and Alumni Relations Office would like to pay tribute to her service to the University over the past 10 years.

COVID 'beat-cop' hunting for clues
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Ten years after helping in the Christchurch earthquake as a medical student, Dr Felicity Williamson is playing a key role in another national health emergency.

Dunedin Highlanders Coaches' Breakfast 2021
Thursday, 4 March 2021
Alumni and guests were treated to a pre-game insight at the Coaches' Breakfast held on 26 February at the Otago Business School. The breakfast was held on the morning of the Highlanders vs Crusaders game.

New prize for University of Otago's sharpest accounting minds
Monday, 1 March 2021
A passion for the skills learnt in an Otago Accounting qualification led Christopher Walsh to set up a new scholarship in his company's name.

From hippie to GP academic: Ben Gray on activism, general practice and mojo
Thursday, 25 February 2021
Ben Gray retired from general practice late last year, after 35 years.

Donor’s $3 million gift expands options for southern scholars
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
A distinguished neurologist and philanthropist’s generous gift of NZ$3 million will support southern students to pursue their studies in Science, Music, Health Sciences and Engineering at the University of Otago and University of Canterbury (UC).

They haven't aged a day!
Monday, 15 February 2021
Members of the Dental Class of 1980 celebrated their COVID-delayed 40th anniversary reunion by revisiting one of their old haunts - the Faculty of Dentistry's Walsh Building.

Steve Martin: using sport to teach life skills
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
An Otago alumnus with a high-level sporting pedigree has linked with present-day students to deliver well-being programmes to Dunedin schools.

Tim Mathis: from Theology to vagabonding
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
It's quite a leap from studying Theology to writing a handbook for "hiker trash, ski bums, and vagabonds". US-based Otago alumnus Tim Mathis explains his interesting journey.

Whānau: Voices of Aotearoa, far from home
Wednesday, 3 February 2021
The day before the second lockdown began in the UK in early November, a group of 23 New Zealand opera singers and musicians, including five Otago alumni, joined together to film Whānau: Voices of Aotearoa, far from home.

Remembering Professor Phil Bishop
Monday, 1 February 2021
Professor Phil Bishop was “quite protective” of his frogs during the shoot, recalls the photographer of this portrait taken for his 2014 Inaugural Professorial Lecture.

Obituary: Associate Professor R.T.M. Poulter
Friday, 29 January 2021
Our friend and colleague Associate Professor Russell Poulter died suddenly on 11 January while hiking in the Hooker Valley with his family. Russell was an active and passionate researcher right up to the time of his death - which occurred as he was investigating an interesting flower by the side of the track. He is survived by wife and research partner Dr Margi Butler, their daughter Jane Poulter, and son George Taiaroa.

Radiation Therapy scholarship a special accomplishment
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
The first thing Jesse Miller did when he found out he'd received the 2019 Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship for top Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduate was call his mum.

Les Winslade QSM: Rugby stalwart still young in spirit
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Otago University Rugby Football Club (OURFC) committee stalwart in the 1970s and 80s, Les Winslade, celebrated his 100th birthday on 28 September this year.

A letter of thanks from the Vice-Chancellor
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
A letter of thanks from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, along with details of Pūtea Tautoko.

Gift honours Society's Scottish traditions
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
A desire to see Scottish traditions continue is behind the new Deed of Gift from the Caledonian Society of Otago to the University of Otago.

Supporting Otago: Cycling professors finish their ride
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Made it! With those two words Otago's cycling professors celebrated the completion of their 1400km fundraising cycle tour for Pūtea Tautoko, the student relief fund

Honor McKellar QSM: It's all in the words
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
For Honor McKellar, music is all about words and movement, rather than notes and sounds.  The distinguished mezzo-soprano and vocal teacher celebrated her 100th birthday in November at a reception at the University.

Turning 100 with grace, wit, wisdom and humour
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
We catch up with three extraordinary alumni and friends who celebrated their 100th birthdays this year. Each have made invaluable contributions to society in their chosen fields and interests, and mix their wisdom with a good dose of humour

Networks and Events galleries
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
View galleries from a selection of events that have taken place between Oct – Dec 2020. We love keeping in touch with all our alumni, so keep an eye out for future alumni events near you.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago issue 25
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.

Otago images - @Otago issue 25
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
A selection of images from the Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, looking back at laboratories at Otago from 1909 to the 1980s.

Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark, a lifelong devotion
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
From the time Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark and Patricia (Pat), Lady Mark QSO met at the University of Otago they have walked the talk when it comes to speaking up and taking action to protect our environment.

Alumni in the news
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now

An extraordinary year at the University of Oxford
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Young Otago-trained doctors Jonny Stevenson and Claire Munro were halfway through a year at the University of Oxford, when the COVID pandemic transformed their daily lives.

Keith Williamson: going to war between degrees
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Today, you might go travelling between an undergraduate and postgraduate degree, or you might work for a couple of years. In the 1940s, Keith Williamson served in World War II between his BA and his MA.

Reflecting on a solid Otago foundation
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Lessons learned in the lecture halls of Otago University more than 45 years ago have helped guide the career of one of our country's senior diplomats.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Friday, 4 December 2020
George Taiaroa, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner in recognition of research work in reponse to COVID-19.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Sophie Oliff, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner in recognition of leadership and volunteer work in the health sector.

Otago alumna Una Jagose QC wins Public Policy category in Women of Influence Awards
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Otago alumna Una Jagose QC has won the Public Policy category in the 2020 Women of Influence Awards. Ms Jagose has had an extensive career as a public sector lawyer.

Auckland alumni event 2020
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Associate Professor Anita Gibbs' presentation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) was the drawcard for the alumni event held at University of Otago House in Auckland.

Central Otago alumni event 2020
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
A group of dedicated alumni and friends from across the decades gathered at Alchemy in Wanaka on Wed 21 Oct and at the Queenstown Resort College in Queenstown on Thu 22 Oct.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Darryl Pupi, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner for his contribution to health and well-being through leadership and innovation of nutrition programmes.

New Plymouth and Wellington alumni events 2020
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
New Plymouth and Wellington alumni and friends gathered on consecutive evenings to hear from alumnus and public health expert Professor Michael Baker from the University of Otago.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle (Ngāi Tahu, Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi), 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner in recognition of leadership, mentorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students, and of his higher studies.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Sargam Goundar, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award recipient for her contribution to climate change initiatives and in recognition of her leadership.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Georgia Robertson, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner in recognition of leadership in a non-profit organisation that benefits education projects.

Helping market New Zealand to South Korea
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
A strong belief in "giving back to the community" spurred Otago alumnus, Professor Tony Garrett, to chair the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in South Korea for the past five years.

Women of Influence creating change
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Seeing her name next to choreographer to the stars Parris Goebel was quite a moment for Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen who, along with 11 other University of Otago alumnae, has been named a 2020 Woman of Influence finalist.

Coaches pick up the challenge of connecting online
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Coordinated by Otago alumni Carmel Leslie (Otago Academy of Sport), Grant Milne (Sport Otago) and Associate Professor Tania Cassidy from the University, this year's Connecting Coaches Conference theme is Adapting our coaching in a changing world: Connect, create and communicate.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Sophie Mathiesen, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner for her contribution to science communication.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Monday, 19 October 2020
Emily Fry, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award recipient for her contribution to the field of digital technologies and their privacy and security implications.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Fox Meyer, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner in recognition of scientific curiosity for the betterment of the community.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners
Monday, 12 October 2020
Lisa Blakie, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award recipient for her contribution to creative and ethical video game development.

One tiny piece of distraction
Monday, 12 October 2020
When Gavin Kerr's wife Elizabeth (Liz) died shortly before lockdown in March this year, he wrote a poem for the small family group gathered for her farewell. He wrote about what he hoped "might have been her thoughts on leaving us".

Christmas cards, pizza and COVID-19
Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Christmas cards, pizza and talk about COVID-19 were on the menu on Wednesday when around 35 Alumni Entrance Scholars gathered for the pre-exam get together.

Helping cancer survivors on the road to recovery
Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Like many who pursue a career as a sports trainer, Grant Harris had dreams of working with elite athletes or being the next All Blacks strength and conditioning coach, but he's found his niche somewhere completely different.

Students centre stage at Shakespeare week at Otago
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
On Saturday 26 September, 49 students from around New Zealand gathered at the University of Otago to begin the week-long Sharespeare Globe Centre New Zealand's National Shakespeare Schools Production (SGCNZ NSSP)

Alumni scholarship a shining star on CV
Friday, 18 September 2020
Young graduate Chelsea Steen-Jones credits her first-year alumni scholarship with helping her expand her horizons and her friendships at university, and says it holds pride of place on her CV.

Networks and events
Friday, 18 September 2020
We were thrilled to be able to host alumni in person for events with the Highlanders and to be able to welcome new graduates to the community. Online, our book club continues with its second book, and our American Board (AUOA) are hosting webinars for those based in North America.

Class of '79 supporting next generation of doctors
Friday, 18 September 2020
A desire to give back, and help those pursuing a career in medicine, has spurred a group of senior medical graduates to provide a scholarship for the last 15 years.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago Issue 24
Friday, 18 September 2020
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures  – we warmly invite you to access these online.

Doing her bit for student hardship
Friday, 18 September 2020
With many students struggling and an office full of art that she needed to empty, Dr Elaine Webster had a great idea on how to raise funds for Pūtea Tautoko, the student hardship fund, while leaving a wee piece of herself on campus.

Alumni and Otago appeal projects in the news
Friday, 18 September 2020
Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

Christchurch Dean awarded University's highest research honour
Friday, 18 September 2020
Friendships and values-driven collaborations have been important to the success of infectious diseases researcher Professor David Murdoch – this year's Distinguished Research Medal recipient.

Making your dreams a reality
Friday, 18 September 2020
Otago alumnus Mark Barnett has followed his motor racing dreams and spent more than 13 years working for some of the world's leading motorsports companies. He is currently the Director of Research and Innovation at McLaren Racing in the United Kingdom.

20Twenties Awards 2020
Friday, 18 September 2020
Congratulations to all the recipients of the University of Otago's inaugural Young Alumni Awards; 20Twenties. The 20Twenties recognise the outstanding achievements of some of our newest graduates, and highlight their exceptional successes and qualities.

Supporting Otago
Friday, 18 September 2020
The Priscilla Sandys Wunch Trust has spent 20 years helping Taranaki students attend Otago, while businessman Mark Brosnan worked with his son, and the Dunedin Medical School to provide surplus surgical masks.

Fulbright honours set to open doors
Friday, 18 September 2020
Eight Otago graduates received Fulbright New Zealand awards in August. We catch up with what this means for Science and Innovation award recipient Anezka Hoskin and General Graduate award winner Nathaniel Otley.

Student Leadership Award programme boosted by Canon Sponsorship
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
The University of Otago's Student Leadership Award programme will be able to increase its profile in the student community and enhance the experiences it offers due to a new sponsorship agreement with Canon.

Fulbright honours to eight University of Otago graduates
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.

Pūtea Tautoko saves master's degree and helps pay mid-winter bills
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
As of today, 694 alumni, friends, staff, parents and students have donated an extremely generous $357,000 to the Pūtea Tautoko student financial relief fund. For Duncan Coutts and Victoria Sugrue this meant a vital scholarship extension and help with paying the bills over winter.

Robotic total stations donated to School of Surveying
Friday, 31 July 2020
International surveying technology company Trimble has generously donated five robotic total stations to the University of Otago School of Surveying Te Kura Kairūri

Blackbaud data incident -
Important information

Thursday, 30 July 2020
We have been informed by Blackbaud, the world's largest provider of not-for-profit database management software, of a recent data security breach involving information on alumni, donors and related groups from universities and charities around the world.

One family; generations of discovery
Thursday, 23 July 2020
What are the odds? Two Beverly Scholarships in one family, one hundred years apart. That's a question that statistics honours student Conor Hassan might be able to solve, along with his great-grandfather, distinguished Otago physics and maths alumnus Miles (MAF) Barnett OBE.

He Maimai Aroha:
Honouring Piri Sciascia

Thursday, 23 July 2020
Professor Piri Sciascia ONZM (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa) was an alumnus of the University of Otago. He was a staunch Māori leader, he kuru tokarerewa, a treasured member of Māori society and he will be dearly missed. He kura takihia, he maimai aroha.

Former OUSA president receives inaugural prize in politics
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Otago University Students' Association president in 2019, James Heath, has received the inaugural NZ Business and Parliamentary Trust Prize in Politics.

Highlanders fans enjoy meeting the team and coaches
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Alumni and their families attended two Highlanders' events which coincided with the team playing their southern rivals, the Crusaders, at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 4 July.

Alumni in the news
Friday, 26 June 2020
Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

Lecture Hot Picks - @Otago 23
Friday, 26 June 2020
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online

Links unearthed to one of our leading lights
Friday, 26 June 2020
A chance discussion during lockdown led to the discovery of strong family ties to the University. Otago Business School Development Manager Graeme Mullin was Skyping an old friend in the UK, only to discover that his friend's great-grandfather was one of the founding Geology professors at Otago, Professor Patrick Marshall.

Otago alumni central to Fiji's pandemic response
Friday, 26 June 2020
Fiji's COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) represents Fiji's whole-of-government response to the pandemic and implements the Fiji Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan.

University community boosts Pūtea Tautoko support fund
Friday, 26 June 2020
Since it was launched last month, the financial relief fund Pūtea Tautoko has allocated grants with a total value of $659,156 and has received a major boost from alumni, friends, staff, current students and parents.

New Otago Foundation Trust chair and generous Sargood Bequest grant
Friday, 26 June 2020
A generous grant of $50,000 has been made to Professor Michael Baker of the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, by the Trustees of the Sargood Bequest.

A long and wonderful journey
Friday, 26 June 2020
From North Otago to North Carolina, Winsome Wallace Leadbetter's life has travelled many different paths, but perhaps none quite so special as the trail which follows alongside the Leith River in North Dunedin.

Top Queen's Birthday Honours for alumni
Friday, 26 June 2020
We catch up with Dr Karen Poutasi CNZM, who was appointed Dame Companion, and Mr George Ngaei ONZM who along with Dr John Nacey was awarded CNZM.

20 Twenties Young Alumni Awards
Friday, 26 June 2020
Do you know an outstanding young alumna or alumnus? You still have time to nominate them for the Otago's inaugural 20 Twenties Young Alumni Awards which close at the end of June.

Networks and events
Friday, 26 June 2020
Now that New Zealand has moved down to level one lockdown we are thrilled to be able to host the Highlanders' Breakfast with the Coaches. Our first online book club has also started and has had an incredible uptake by alumni.

Dental reunion film 'bittersweet'
Friday, 26 June 2020
Here's a gem – the short documentary film 'The Dental Reunion', featuring Otago dental graduates from the class of 1950, received its world premiere on 12 June at the Documentary Edge Festival 2020.

Top women's leadership award for transformational change
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Otago's first Centre for International Health doctoral graduate is being recognised globally as a leader in her field and as one of Africa's most influential women.

Helping meet hunger in the community
Friday, 15 May 2020
Otago alumna and current PhD student Heather Tribe has been multi-tasking as social media adviser, relief driver and board member for Auckland food rescue NGO Fair Food, as it responds to increased need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the world from your armchair!
Friday, 15 May 2020
Otago alumnus Steve Wilson is doing all he can to keep his team of worldwide tour guides working by employing them as virtual guides in their home countries.

Our Career Development Centre shows why it's the best in the country
Thursday, 14 May 2020
Whether you're a current student, staff member looking to support your students, or you recently graduated, the University of Otago Career Development Centre is always there to help and offer independent, knowledgeable career advice.

Charlotte's story – how Pūtea Tautoko hardship fund saved her master's
Thursday, 14 May 2020
For master's student Charlotte Bruce Kells, the recent launch of Pūtea Tautoko, the student hardship fund, comes just in time, providing her with the vital financial support she needs to be able to continue her studies.

Epic firsts for alumni!
Thursday, 14 May 2020
We love hearing about interesting things our alumni have been up to, and we've gathered up some impressive achievements that have come to our notice recently.

Top Cambridge scholarship for Otago History and Law alumna
Friday, 8 May 2020
Otago alumna Emma Gattey has been selected as one of 77 top international postgraduate students to be awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge.

Special guest appearance at Highlanders' afternoon tea
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Along with members of the Highlanders rugby team, another special guest at last week's alumni virtual afternoon tea was an official 1920s University of Otago tea set.

Taking Otago's student-centered approach to universities in the USA
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Despite it being a challenging time to change jobs, distinguished Otago Business School (OBS) alumna Dr Jenny Darroch is excited about taking up her new position as Dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Ohio, USA.

Coronavirus Project - Call for documentary subjects
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Medical practitioner and documentary maker Paul Trotman plans to make a feature documentary telling the story of the COVID-19 outbreak from start to finish, using the words and experiences of doctors, nurses and allied staff.

Facing COVID-19 with compassion and connection
Monday, 6 April 2020
Dr Desiree Dickerson, her husband and their two small children, aged three and five, are starting another day of their "new normal" life in the COVID-19 lockdown in Spain. Here are some of her tips for coping with the lockdown.

Delivering a message from the world to the world
Monday, 6 April 2020
Concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic University of Otago medical school alumnus Dr Zeid Abussuud decided to spread the word on staying safe.

Message to alumni and friends from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne
Friday, 27 March 2020
An update from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne on Otago's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we work to provide the best possible care for our students and staff during these unprecedented times, our thoughts are with our global community of alumni, donors, friends and families.

Alumni scholarships open doors for students
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
A warm welcome was extended to all our new alumni scholarship students by senior academic and professional staff at a function at the beginning of March.

Auckland Centre BBQ 2020
Friday, 13 March 2020
With the backdrop of live music, 80 people enjoyed the late afternoon sun at the University's Auckland Centre on 27 February 2020.

Christchurch alumni event 2020
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
A warm summery Christchurch evening greeted 100 alumni and guests to the Ilex Function Centre on February 20. This was the first of Otago's alumni events for 2020.

Helping NZ's early international students find their feet
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
During a recent visit to Dunedin Home Science alumna Margaret Wallace took the time to come along and talk to us about her work as an international student adviser in the 1960s and 70s.

Award-winning transgender specialist "just doing my job"
Thursday, 20 February 2020
Dr John Delahunt was "surprised and gratified" that his colleagues had put his name forward for a 2020 New Year Honour, he says "I was just going the job of an endocrinologist, and transgender came along".

Pioneering academic’s papers get UNESCO status
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
The papers of pioneering medical researcher and Otago alumna Dr Muriel Bell have been accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Dr Bell graduated MB ChB (1922) and MD (1926) from Otago and was awarded an HonDSc from the university in 1968.

Holly Mathieson on taking music to refugees, mountain tops and the Royal Family
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Otago alumna and award-winning conductor Holly Mathieson takes music to audiences in every corner of society. One week she might be taking the stage in an opera house or for a ballet company or an orchestra, and the next performing on mountain summit, in far flung islands, or in a supermarket

Otago graduate thriving in emergency pharmacy role
Tuesday, 4 February 2020
Working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Rwanda or Columbia is a far cry from Dunedin for Petra Straight, Save the Children's Emergency Health Unit's (EHU) Pharmacy Advisor.

Otago alumna awarded top honour for heritage
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
"Dumbfounded and speechless" is how Otago alumna Dr Anna Crighton QSO JP described her reaction to the news she had been made a Dame in the New Year honours list.

Uplifting return to business school for alumni
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
It was with a sense of pride and a tinge of envy that five former commerce students and staff visited Otago Business School in December; most having graduated more than 50 years ago

Claire Clements is following her dreams
Thursday, 19 December 2019
Watching a film crew in China, gave Claire Clements the idea for her current career as a wildlife documentary film-maker.

Alumni scoop top NZ and Australian awards
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Otago alumnae Professor Diana Sarfati and Dr Zhiyan Basharati took top honours in the NEXT magazine 2019 Woman of the Year awards, while Otago Zoology graduate Tony Vallance has been named Australian Teacher of the Year.

Five generations of the Glenny family at Otago
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
In response to our call for memories as part of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations, Malcolm Glenny got in touch to tell us about his research into his family's links with the University.

Colin McCahon's The Wake on display in Auckland
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
University of Otago connections play a special part in the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki exhibition A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland.

From Otago Zoology graduate to Australian Teacher of the Year
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Earlier this year Otago Zoology graduate Tony Vallance was recognised for his commitment to his work and his innovative teaching methods when he was named Australian Teacher of the year.

Giving back
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
After a highly distinguished career, University of Otago alumnus Dr Stanley Paris and his wife Dr Catherine Patla are funding a huge boost to the Otago School of Physiotherapy.

Vancouver alumni event 2019
Thursday, 28 November 2019
The Terminal Club in Vancouver provided a grand setting for our alumni and friends to gather and was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Toronto alumni event 2019
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Toronto-based alumni celebrated the University's 150th anniversary in style at the University Club in Toronto.

Rhodes Scholarship for Otago Chemistry graduate
Friday, 22 November 2019
University of Otago graduate Oliver Pooke has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to carry out postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Global accolade for young law graduate
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Law and arts graduate Maria Clezy credits her firm understanding of how the legal system works, along with the critical thinking skills she honed during her double degree at Otago, as laying the groundwork for her current recognition in the international legal directory World Tax.

University of Otago alumna behind major HIV discovery
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
US-based scientist and distinguished Otago alumna, Professor Carole McArthur and her team of researchers, are behind the recently-announced discovery and identification of a new HIV subtype, which has been characterised by US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories.

Giving a voice to the voiceless
Thursday, 7 November 2019
At the age of 11, Zhiyan Basharati arrived in New Zealand with her family, having spent her childhood in a Kurdish refugee camp. Fear and violence were part of her everyday life.

Central Otago alumni events 2019
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
A lively group of alumni and friends from across the decades gathered at Edgewater Resort on October 15th and at Millbrook Resort on October 16th to connect with each other and reconnect with the University.

Otago alumnus at forefront of cancer breakthrough
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Otago Microbiology alumnus Professor Nigel McMillan is at the forefront of a major breakthrough in the battle against cancer.

Court of Benefactors celebrates 150th anniversary
Monday, 14 October 2019
A function to recognise the contribution of significant donors to the University was held at the staff club earlier this month. Known as the Court of Benefactors, members of the group came from around New Zealand.

From enrolment day to 90th birthday – staff club marks special events for Emeritus Professor Richard Seddon
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Friends and family gathered at the University Staff Club Billiard Room on Thursday to celebrate the 90th birthday of distinguished Otago alumnus and staff member Emeritus Professor Richard Seddon

Celebrating University scholarships
Thursday, 3 October 2019
Around 40 of the University's undergraduate scholarship recipients had a fun afternoon of pizza, games and celebration on Wednesday.

Special treatment for new Performing Arts building
Monday, 23 September 2019
Work is gathering pace on the University's School of Performing Arts facility, which will include about 780 specially-crafted acoustic boxes.

Hong Kong alumni event 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
The 65th floor setting of the New Zealand Consulate-General Office in central Hong Kong provided the perfect setting for our alumni and friends to gather to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Singapore alumni event 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Over 100 Singapore-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th anniversary on 27 August at the Official Residence of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Singapore, H.E. Jo Tyndall.

Kuala Lumpur alumni event 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Nearly 100 Malaysia-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th on 26 August at the Official Residence of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Hunter Nottage.

Fellowship fund flies PhD students to the United States
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Three PhD students will be winging their way to the United States next year to study and collaborate, thanks to a University of Otago fellowship.

Gold Ball a glittering town-and-gown success
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
A golden chandelier, strings of sparkly fairy lights and plumes of gorgeous feathers greeted ball-goers when they ran in from the rain on Saturday 10 August for the 150th Anniversary Gold Ball at the Dunedin Town Hall.

Distinguished alumna at the forefront of cell therapy cancer treatment
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Escaping the Houston heat just in time for an Otago cold snap, distinguished Otago alumna Professor Helen Heslop recently spent a few days in Dunedin as the John Borrie Professorial Fellow.

Christchurch alumni event 2019
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Over 200 Canterbury-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th on 1 August at the stunning Great Hall in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.