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Medical School Class of ‘79 scholarships continue to support students

The generosity of a group of Otago Medical School graduates continues to support students at Otago. This year, three Class of 1979 Undergraduate Medical Scholarships have been awarded to second and third-year medical students Biruk Mengstu, Caitlyn Roberts and Gabriella Alexandra.

Otago set to host another amazing array of artists
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
The arts have the power to inspire, heal, and even alarm, as the University of Otago’s 2023 Arts Fellows can all attest.

Peter Sese and the village that rallied behind him
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Peter Sese has been accepted in to the highly competitive Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Surgery programme, but credits the support of others with his success.

Celebrating Otago’s sports clubs
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!

Alumni in the News
Thursday, 22 September 2022
Law alumna Josie Te Rata receives Ethel Benjamin Scholarship. Co-founder of robotics company Nuro Dave Ferguson wins Kea Award. Ihlara McIndoe and Calla Knudson awarded Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Awards. Dr Hannah Stern appointed Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. Alumni receive honours from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

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

University strengthens links with Central Otago and Southern Lakes
Thursday, 22 September 2022
The University of Otago is strengthening its partnership with Central Otago and the Southern Lakes district through the launch of a strategic framework to develop opportunities and enhance relationships with the region.

Busy bees hope native plantings a lure for insects
Thursday, 22 September 2022
A team of busy bees has been at work introducing new native plants to help improve insect biodiversity on the Dunedin campus.

Matariki heralds launch of new Centre of Indigenous Science
Thursday, 22 September 2022
The rise of Matariki brings with it the launch of a new Centre of Indigenous Science at the University of Otago.

Networks and Events
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.

Hot Picks
Thursday, 22 September 2022
Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of podcasts, interviews, and lectures from Otago academics, visiting lecturers, and alumni.

Opportunities for Alumni
Thursday, 22 September 2022
Pacific connections
Alumni Global Lens photography competition

Out in the field, searching for a meteorite
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
It's not everyday you find yourself out in a paddock in the middle of nowhere, searching for a space rock...

'Great sadness' at Queen's death
Friday, 9 September 2022
The University expresses heartfelt condolences to King Charles and the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Inaugural Fred Hollows lecture and MOU celebrate 30 years of restoring sight
Friday, 9 September 2022
Celebrating 30 years of restoring sight, the Inaugural Fred Hollows’ Lecture was held at the University of Otago on Thursday.

Scholarships create connections back to rural communities
Thursday, 8 September 2022
The applications for New Zealand Rural Games Trust Scholarships were so impressive, the Trust decided to award two $1000 scholarships instead of one, to second-year Otago students Thomas Menlove and Holly Williams.

Supporting Pacific physios beyond graduation
Thursday, 8 September 2022
The University’s School of Physiotherapy has launched a new initiative to connect Pacific physiotherapy alumni with current students.

Alumni Global Lens photography competition 2022
Thursday, 1 September 2022
We would like to invite you as a member of the University of Otago alumni community to connect with us and share your experience of the world via the medium of photography in our 2022 competition.

Otago alumni honoured at NZ Business Hall of Fame
Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Business leaders, philanthropists and Otago alumni Graeme Hart, Uluomatootua (Ulu) Aiono ONZM and Dr Jackie Mills were inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame at a gala event last week.

Alumni scholarships link Otago’s past, present and future
Friday, 19 August 2022
After two years of cancelled events, it was great to get together to welcome this year’s alumni scholarship recipients.

Slicing and dicing the wicked food waste problem
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
A love of food and cooking led Otago alumna Francesca Goodman-Smith on a journey to a career in food waste minimisation.

New scholarships open doors for Pacific and Commerce students
Monday, 1 August 2022
A generous gift to the Otago Foundation Trust will fund substantial scholarships for 10 first-year Pacific students and 10 Commerce students.

Nominations open for the 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards
Tuesday, 26 July 2022
Help us celebrate the achievements of Otago’s youngest alumni by nominating graduates from your department or communities for our 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards.

Maple Goh - Scholarship winner, refugee advocate, violinist and podcast founder
Tuesday, 19 July 2022
Otago medical alumna Maple Goh has received a prestigious William Georgetti Scholarship and will be travelling to the United States in the fall term to take up her studies at Harvard University.

London and Dublin Alumni events 2022 
Friday, 15 July 2022
June and July 2022 saw the return to in-person alumni events in London and Dublin. After a break of nearly three years, it was fabulous to be able to introduce newly-appointed Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Murdoch to alumni and to once again provide an opportunity for the Otago spirit to flourish in the northern hemisphere.

University's 2022 creative writing competition opens
Tuesday, 12 July 2022
The University’s annual creative writing competition for students and staff is open – and this year for the first time also welcomes entries from alumni.

Otago foundations underpin career in New York art galleries
Tuesday, 12 July 2022
Isabella Howard (Rangitāne o Wairau) is putting her Otago arts and business degrees to good use working in the vibrant New York art scene.

Law scholarship recipient to focus on recognition of tikanga Māori 
Wednesday, 6 July 2022
Otago Law alumna Josie Te Rata (Ngāti Raukawa) is one of two recipients of this year’s New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarships.

Health research another way to contribute for new doctor
Tuesday, 5 July 2022
When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the door to placements overseas for students in their final year of medical school, it opened another door for Dr Aqeeda Singh, who made the most of the chance to pursue her love of research.

Alumna Rebekah Ruth van Kerkhof shares her journey from undergraduate to prestigious leadership programme
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Rebekah van Kerkhof’s journey to-and-through the University of Otago has not been without its challenges, but the rewards have been great.

Alumni in the News
Friday, 17 June 2022
Alumnus Ridge Ponini and student Sarah Hubbard named as Lexus Song Quest semi-finalists. Emerita Professor Alison Mercer receives top US science honour. Anthonie Tonnon wins Taite Music Prize. BBC names Auē by Burns Fellow Becky Manawatu one of best books of 2022 so far. Dr Jemma Geoghegan wins Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea PM’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

Honorary degree for outgoing Chancellor
Friday, 17 June 2022
Dr Royden Somerville QC, a Dunedin-based barrister and the former Chancellor of the University of Otago, will be recognised for his contribution to the institution with the conferring of an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours
Friday, 17 June 2022
University of Otago alumni have been recognised for ground-breaking and inspirational service and commitment to a diverse range of communities, interests and professions in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022.

A passion for music, law and international travel
Friday, 17 June 2022
With the help of an international travel scholarship, Otago alumna Ihlara McIndoe is soon heading to McGill University in Montreal to pursue her master’s in music.

Signs of change on Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo campuses
Friday, 17 June 2022
Te reo Māori will be shown first on all new Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo signage from Auckland to Invercargill in a display of the University’s commitment to language equality.

He Manawa Ora: that which binds Taranaki and Ōtākou
Friday, 17 June 2022
A cultural design story is bubbling within the concrete and steel frame of the University’s new Te Rangihīroa residential college on the corner of Albany and Forth streets.

Visionary leader and innovator Sir Ian Taylor honoured
Friday, 17 June 2022
Being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by the University of Otago is both an honour and a surprise for business leader, innovator and storyteller Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera) KNZM, CNZM.

Early detection of Alzheimer’s possible – research
Friday, 17 June 2022
University of Otago researchers have discovered molecules in the blood that could assist with early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Hot Picks
Friday, 17 June 2022
Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of podcasts, interviews, and lectures from Otago academics, visiting lecturers, and alumni.

Celebrating Law alumni - Judge Michael Mika and Judge Rachel Parata Mullins
Friday, 17 June 2022
Earlier this year Otago alumnus Michael Mika was appointed as New Zealand's first Pacific resident district court judge outside of Auckland.

Innovative new Pharmacy scholarships offer rural snapshot
Friday, 17 June 2022
An innovative new internship opportunity for Pharmacy students has been created through the generosity of Kerikeri pharmacist Vicki Douglas.

Marine Science graduate on a journey to protect our underwater world
Friday, 17 June 2022
Having just completed her master’s, Millie Mannering has also accumulated an impressive list of awards and experiences for her CV.

Otago graduates head for US with prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Five Otago graduates are heading to universities across the United States (US), after being named in this year’s cohort of 27 Fulbright New Zealand Award winners.

Alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
University of Otago alumni have been recognised for ground-breaking and inspirational service and commitment to a diverse range of communities, interests and professions in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022.

Innovative new Pharmacy scholarships offer rural snapshot
Wednesday, 1 June 2022
An innovative new internship opportunity for Pharmacy students has been created through the generosity of Kerikeri pharmacist Vicki Douglas.

Personal stories motivate Radiation Therapy scholarship winner
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Fittingly, this year’s recipient of the Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship for top Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduate, Emily Younger, is a “keen and avid” traveller.

Marine Science graduate on a journey to protect our underwater world
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Having just completed her master’s, Millie Mannering has also accumulated an impressive list of awards and experiences for her CV.

Otago takes centre stage for Lexus Song Quest semi-finals
Monday, 23 May 2022
Congratulations to Otago alumnus Ridge Ponini and current student Sarah Hubbard for reaching the semi-finals of the Lexus Song Quest. Ridge, a proud Cook Islander, has an honour’s degree in Music and Sarah is studying for a Bachelor of Music.

Diving into a rewarding career
Monday, 23 May 2022
Learning about study options in the mid-nineties after a chat at Dunedin’s Captain Cook Tavern helped kickstart the future career of Otago alumnus – marine biologist Dr Richard (Rick) Hamilton.

Visionary leader and innovator Sir Ian Taylor honoured
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by the University of Otago is both an honour and a surprise for business leader, innovator and storyteller Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera) KNZM, CNZM.

Prestigious honour for ground-breaking honey bee researcher
Thursday, 12 May 2022
University of Otago Emerita Professor Alison Mercer ONZM is “still in a state of shock” after learning she has been elected an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

2022 New Zealand Alumni Events
Thursday, 12 May 2022
After a break of more than 12 months the Development and Alumni Relations Office was thrilled to be able to host in-person events once again.

Alaskan alumna surprised with Oscar of teaching
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Temperance Tinker-Kays has been awarded a prestigious US$25,000 Milken Educator Award for excellence and innovation in education

Delight as graduations return
Thursday, 5 May 2022
Excitement is building as the University prepares to return to in-person graduations this weekend.

Janet Hoek wins Critic and Conscience award
Tuesday, 3 May 2022
Regulatory loopholes are contributing to increases in the number of young New Zealanders exposed to nicotine through vaping, warns the winner of the 2022 Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

He Manawa Ora: that which binds Taranaki and Ōtākou
Thursday, 21 April 2022
A cultural design story is bubbling within the concrete and steel frame of the University’s new Te Rangihīroa residential college on the corner of Albany and Forth streets.

Celebrating distinguished botanist Ann Wylie’s centenary  
Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Tribute from Otago Botany colleague, Sir Alan Mark KNZM; FRSNZ; HonDSc, University of Otago; Emeritus Professor Department of Botany, University of Otago.

Off-Campus: Combining science and magic
Thursday, 7 April 2022
Staff morning teas look a little different when chocolatier Fiona McDonald is involved.

Making his mark in the banking world
Monday, 28 March 2022
A marketing career that began at Otago in the mid-nineties, has gone all the way for Shane Evans, who was recently awarded New Zealand Marketer of the Year.

Podcast and Interviews "Hot Picks"
Monday, 21 March 2022
Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of podcasts, interviews, and lectures from Otago academics, visiting lecturers, and alumni.

One-day honeymoon for new Vice-Chancellor
Monday, 21 March 2022
Professor David Murdoch’s first two weeks as the University of Otago’s Vice Chancellor have been very much in keeping with these uncertain days

New Year Honours recognise exceptional service
Monday, 21 March 2022
Exceptional service recognised in New Year Honours

Alumni in the News


Monday, 21 March 2022
Alumni named as Rising Star by NZ Lawyer

New trading lab builds on enduring heritage
Monday, 21 March 2022
Alumni connections are literally in the foundations of the newly-built BNZ Bloomberg Markets Lab Te Taura Takata.

Alumni Reunions
Monday, 21 March 2022
Alumni back on campus for their Arana Class of 1991 reunion.

Supporting Otago
Monday, 21 March 2022
When the University of Otago reached out to Harraways and their CEO Henry Hawkins to support the student community at a time of need, they didn’t hesitate to jump in and help.

Alumni scholarship kickstarts academic career
Monday, 21 March 2022
An Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship helped start an academic career at the University of Otago – a career which has gone around the globe and back again.

Understanding, tolerance and generosity at heart of special gift
Thursday, 10 February 2022
A wonderfully generous gift from the late Mrs Ngaere Geddes and her husband, renowned anthropologist and Otago alumnus Professor Bill Geddes, will provide invaluable support and create exciting new research opportunities for students of Social Anthropology at Otago.

Q&A with Namrata Chand - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Q&A with Namrata Chand - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded in recognition of leadership in improving climate resilience in communities.

A very cool career
Thursday, 3 February 2022
From the start of her physio career Otago alumna Dr Jo Brown has worked with international sports teams. Twenty years after leaving Otago she is hoping to be off to Beijing any day now to support the Jamaican bobsled teams at this month’s Winter Olympics.

Q&A with Maddi Ingham – 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Q&A with Maddi Ingham – 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded in recognition of community service and creating positive change in organisations.

Q&A with Hamid Zawari - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Q&A with Hamid Zawari - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded in recognition of support for refugee families.

Q&A with Hanna Van der Giessen - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Monday, 24 January 2022
Q&A with Hanna Van der Giessen - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded in recognition of bridging the gap between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the medical world.

Q&A with Katie Batterton - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Monday, 24 January 2022
Q&A with Katie Batterton - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded for contribution to health and nutrition through the provision of school lunches and teaching the importance of healthy eating.

Q&A with Benjamin Abraham - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Monday, 24 January 2022
Q&A with Benjamin Abraham - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded in recognition of contribution to policy development for climate change.

Q&A with Rachel Tombs - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Monday, 24 January 2022
Q&A with Rachel Tombs - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded for contribution to sexual violence education in our communities.

Q&A with Tom Kindley - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Monday, 24 January 2022
Q&A with Tom Kindley - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded in recognition of high-level sports management and coaching.

Q&A with Caitlin Helme - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Monday, 24 January 2022
Q&A with Caitlin Helme - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. Awarded in recognition for support of disability justice.

Q&A with Calum Rickard - 20Twenties 2021 recipient
Monday, 24 January 2022
Q&A with Calum Rickard - 20Twenties 2021 recipient. For contribution to the mathematics, triathlon and student communities.

Richard Higham: An Otago legend
Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Originally planning to spend a couple of years in Dunedin, current MBA Director New Ventures Programme Richard Higham has had more than 40 years off and on involved with the University of Otago.

Alumni in the news
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Alumni in the news: Astrophysicist Tan Sri Professor Emeritus Dr Mazlan Othman receives prestigious honour. Emeritus Professor Alastair Goss honoured by University of Adelaide. Emma Gilmour first woman to drive for McLaren Racing.

Otago alumnus recognised for improving sailing safety
Thursday, 16 December 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.

Gift acknowledges the critical importance of our freshwater ecosystems
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Emerita Professor Dame Carolyn Burns CBE talks about the motivation behind her substantial gift supporting the establishment of a new Professorial Chair in Freshwater Sciences.

Opportunity of a lifetime for SIX60 Scholarship recipients
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Four Otago students with a passion for music have been selected for the inaugural SIX60 Scholarships. Read about the new partnership with the famous band and see the students’ reactions to hearing about their success.

Global Lens photography competition 2021 winners
Thursday, 16 December 2021
We had such an incredible response to our inaugural photo competition that it will now be an annual event. Here are our top photos.

Podcast and interview "Hot Picks"
Thursday, 16 December 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.

Your Story – Young alumni behind the scenes of the COVID response
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Youth lead; booking system and immunisation register adviser; vaccinator - Grace Davies (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa) and Vince Costa talk about their varied roles in Wellington’s COVID-19 response and their motivation to make a difference in their communities.

Spoilt for choice – alumni grapple with picking a favourite Dunedin sound
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Thank you for the fantastic response to our Alumni Dunedin sounds music poll! We had answers from alumni spanning decades of music, with many from the Dunedin Sound era of the 1980s.

From front-of-house to backroom R&D – Otago alumni core to digital microscopy business
Thursday, 16 December 2021
From the assembly room to client services; lab technicians to software development; research to marketing; Otago alumni can be found in every corner and corridor of digital microscopy business Techion.

Trailblazers - young alumni shine in 20Twenties awards
Thursday, 16 December 2021
An inspirational group of young alumni have been recognised in this year’s 20Twenties Young Alumni Awards for their leadership and contribution to communities, workplaces and research.

Making a difference
Thursday, 16 December 2021
The John Clark Memorial Prize for postgraduate mathematics has been created to honour the contribution and memory of Associate Professor John Clark, who taught at Otago from 1970 until his retirement in 2013.

Networks and events galleries
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Networks and Events - Galleries from recent alumni events

Supporting Otago
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Commerce alumnus Grant Bowie is funding a doctoral scholarship in the field of Artificial Intelligence as part of his philosophy of giving back to Otago, which laid the foundations of his career managing multinational corporations.

Creating a world-leading distillery
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.

Testimonials from AUOA Scholarship recipients
Friday, 19 November 2021
Stories from AUOA Scholarship recipients.

Generous gift to establish new Chair in Freshwater Sciences
Monday, 8 November 2021
A new Professorial Chair in Freshwater Sciences at the University of Otago is being established with the support of a substantial gift from Emerita Professor Dame Carolyn Burns CBE.

Otago School of Performing Arts students shine in FAME awards
Thursday, 4 November 2021
The high calibre of entries from the University of Otago has led to two School of Performing Arts students being awarded $10,000 FAME Emerging Practitioner Awards.

Otago alumnae helping Aotearoa/New Zealand towards a sustainable future
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Three Otago alumnae were part of a team that worked to make last month’s Wao Summit in Wanaka a success.

Keeping an eye on the University’s energy use
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.

Theology and Linguistics pave way for prestigious Cambridge scholarship
Monday, 27 September 2021
Recent Otago Theology and Linguistics graduate Nicholas (Nick) List has been awarded a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge.

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".