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A long and wonderful journey

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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.

Otago alumni central to Fiji's pandemic response

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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.

Top Queen's Birthday Honours for alumni

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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.

Alumni in the news

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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.

University community boosts Pūtea Tautoko support fund

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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.

20 Twenties Young Alumni Awards

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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

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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'

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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.

Links unearthed to one of our leading lights

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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.

Lecture Hot Picks - @Otago 23

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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

Helping meet hunger in the community

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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!

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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.

Epic firsts for alumni!

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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.

Coronavirus Project - Call for documentary subjects

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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

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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.

Message to alumni and friends from Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne

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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

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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.

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Right Lecture Hot Picks

Wednesday, 25 March 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

Remembering the TSS Maheno

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Our new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Otago alumnus Professor Mike Morgan, has been involved with efforts to commemorate the New Zealand WW1 hospital ship the TSS Maheno.

New Performing Arts Centre opens its doors

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Take a fly-through to see what our fantastic new Music Theatre and Performing Arts Centre will look like from the inside out and read about its wonderful new facilities.

Alumni in the news

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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

Otago Images

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The second Clocktower lawn picnic took place on a sunny January afternoon. Emeritus Professor Fred Fastier celebrated his 100th birthday at the University Staff Club in March.

Fighting fires and building resilience

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Otago alumna and Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) Deputy Chief Officer Dr Stephanie Rotarangi has been flat out recently helping lead the firefighting effort during one of the busies bushfire seasons in Australian history.

Dame Margaret Sparrow and Mary Jerram AM

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

We talk with Dame Margaret Sparrow, who was recently named the Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year, and Mary Jerram, the first woman to hold the post of State Coroner for New South Wales, Australia.

Auckland Centre BBQ 2020

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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

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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.

Award-winning transgender specialist "just doing my job"

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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

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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

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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