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Alumni in the News

Friday 17 June 2022 1:59pm

Lexus Song Quest semi-finalists

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Ridge Ponini

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Sarah Hubbard

Otago alumnus Ridge Ponini and current student Sarah Hubbard have reached 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.

Otago takes centre stage for Lexus Song Quest semi-finals, News and events, Alumni & Friends, University of Otago, New Zealand

Music alumnus Anthonie Tonnon wins Taite Music Prize


Anthonie Tonnon has won the Taite Music Prize for his album ‘Leave Love Out Of This’. The award is named after highly respected music journalist, the late Dylan Taite, and highlights outstanding albums released in Aotearoa New Zealand in the past year, with the judges’ decision based entirely on creativity and artistic merit. Anthonie graduated from Otago with a Bachelor of Music.

Anthonie Tonnon wins 2022 Taite Music Prize | RNZ News

Auē by Becky Manawatu highlighted by BBC


In April, the BBC named Auē, by Burns Fellow Becky Manawatu (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, Pākehā), as one of the its 14 best books of the year so far.

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220407-the-best-books-of-the-year-2022

Dr Jemma Geoghegan wins top emerging scientist prize

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Dr Jemma Geoghegan


Dr Geoghegan has become just the second woman to win the Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize. When the COVID-19 pandemic first reached New Zealand in 2020, she helped establish the genome sequencing of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Dr Jemma Geoghegan: Fighting COVID and demolishing stereotypes, Uni News, Otago Bulletin Board, University of Otago, New Zealand

Prestigious honour for Emerita Professor Alison Mercer

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Emeritus Professor Alison Mercer


Ground-breaking honey bee researcher Emerita Professor Alison Mercer has been elected an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.

Prestigious honour for ground-breaking honey bee researcher, News and events, Alumni & Friends, University of Otago, New Zealand