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Assisting Students Journeys

University of Otago senior warden Jamie Gilbertson says it is a privilege helping young people transition into adulthood

Major Artwork Unveiled

In a significant contribution to culture in Dunedin an artwork worth half a million dollars and standing up to 3.2 metres tall has been gifted to the University by the Stuart Residence Halls Council to celebrate its 75th anniversary.  Click this link to read about this stunning piece of work.

Major artwork

Inaugural College Colours

Awards were recently presented to the top colleges and supporters who excelled in the inaugural Inter-College Sporting and Cultural Competition. Click on this link to take you to the page in the Otago Connection Issue.

Inter College Sporting Champions

Top Student James Hartshorn mixing cricket and exams

Wellington under-19 cricket player James Hartshorn is one of the top nine scholars in New Zealand is a resident at Arana for 2016.  For further reading please click on link

Arana Alumni Simon Lucas from 2006

Simon Lucas – Director, Zoologist, Digger Driver

Simon came on the trip for the adventure, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore deeper into the North, but during the trip he was forever changed by the Frist Nations people, environment and wildlife they encountered along the way. It inspired him to change his career and spend two years completing the documentary. Click on the link to watch the clip for Paddle for the North

From Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand

USA Ambassador Visit to Arana

The Otago Business School's Visiting Executive Programme (VEP) seminar series presents His Excellency Mark Gilbert, US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, “TPP and the US-New Zealand commercial relationship”.  Whilst here His Excellency Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy Gilbert visited Arana and had lunch with some of our residents' as pictured

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Sporting Success

Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson

Congratulations to ex-residents Nathan Cohen and Phillipa Gray who recently competed at the London Olympics and London Paralympics respectively. Nathan won gold in the men's double sculls and Phillipa and her teammate Laura Thompson (pictured) won three cycling medals; a bronze in the B Women's 1km Time Trial, a gold in the B Women's Pursuit and a silver in the B Women's Road Time Trial!

Ex Arana student Rebecca Bromell was provided with a $5000 scholarship for the 10-week study on young children and road accidents

Bromell said there was a lack of information about when a child could physically cope with the practicalities of cycling on a road using current road rules and regulations. Central Otago children are helping an Otago University medical student prevent young cyclists getting killed and injured on New Zealand roads. For further information please click on link from Stuff

Shanghai Summer School Visit

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Current Arana resident Rachel Kennedy (left) has just returned from a month at Shanghai Summer School at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. She was one of 49 students from around the world attending and one of 12 from the University of Otago. Rachel and her fellow students attended commerce and language classes as well as had the chance to travel in China. She has wonderful stories to tell from her trip abroad."

Director of First Year Experience

Dr Stephen Scott new Director of First Year experience follow link to read article.

Proud moments for Studholme Warden

 Studholme Centenary Celebrations.   Follow link for photos and article

Jamie meets Knox residents as they prepare for 2012 Swimming competition against Selwyn College.


Jamie Gilbertson, Warden of Arana and Acting Master of Knox College with members of Knox College.

Congratulations Fa’asiu Fuatai Arana Resident 2012

Fa'asiu (Fasi) Fuatai is looking forward to a bright career on and off the field.

Dr Jane Goodall , world leader as a field scientist and primatologist, visits Dunedin

Jamie and Jane Goodall on the Monarch TN

Arana Warden Jamie Gilbertson introduced to Dr Jane Goodall , world leader as a field scientist and primatologist.

Jamie was fortunate to spend an afternoon with Dr Goodall on the Otago peninsula and aboard the MV Monarch in the Otago harbour.

As well Jamie along with members of the Otago University ad wider Dunedin community attending a most interesting public lecture.

Jamie Chairs the Advisory board for Science Communication at Otago University and they brought Dr Goodall to our University and the Dunedin Community. The group took a trip on the Monarch with Jane Goodall.

Arana Replacement of Slate Roof (2015)

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The 1888 Queen Anne mansion of Sir James Allen ( Arana ) has had a repair and replacement of slate roof.

John from North of England has been our expert slate tradesperson...and he has been assisted by Reuben. Reuben's brother Remy attended Arana, so it's been a bit of a family affair.

Arana staff have very much enjoyed the company of John and Reuben from whom we have learned a lot…and the roof is as good as new.