Thursday 28 June 2018 1:46pm
New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr warmly welcomed about 200 alumni and guests to his residence in Suva on 28 June.
The event gave guests the opportunity to celebrate links between the University and its alumni, and Otago’s special relationship with the Pulse Energy Highlanders’ Super Rugby team. A number of Highlanders’ coaching and support staff and players also joined the celebrations.
The idyllic setting of the High Commissioner’s residence provided the perfect backdrop for alumni to share stories of their time at Otago, and many old friendships were strengthened and new ones forged.
Otago Pro-Chancellor Stephen Higgs spoke about the University’s proud traditions and the many ways its alumni had continuously contributed to enhancing its reputation. He also noted many recent achievements of staff in relation to teaching and research excellence.
Plans for the University’s 150th celebrations in 2019 were also shared and guests were encouraged to consider returning to Dunedin during the year to relive and revive their Otago memories.
Dr Joji Malani, Chair of the university’s Fiji alumni network, shared stories about his time at Otago, many of which will have brought back memories for other guests. The Otago experience shaped many students’ lives and gave them the confidence and ability to take their place in their community, he said.
Highlanders’ CEO Roger Clark discussed the special partnership with the University and how the values of the two organisations are well aligned. He also presented the High Commissioner with a signed Highlanders’ jersey.