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You meet Alumni in the wildest of places!!

Turoa Gallagher

A spell in hospital inspired Southlander Turoa Gallagher to study Health Sciences at Otago. During his Foundation Year the University’s Tū Kahika programme helped him prepare for first year Health Sciences and a potential career in Māori health.“We had some awesome tutorials laid on by the Tū Kahika programme and by the Māori Centre, who were also the people to see if you were feeling a little homesick,” says Turoa, who is the first person in his family to attend University. He stayed at a residential college for his first year — “I’d definitely recommend that” — but is now flatting.

Kim Dewe

Kim first visited Otago to do Hands-on Science, staying at Arana College, what she didn’t expect to be acting in a nationwide advertising campaign for the University. Click on the link to read Kim's story.

jamie_west_coastRebekah McLelland

Warden Jamie meets Rebekah McLelland at a tertiary education expo on Greymouth. Rebecca graduated with a BSc and is employed as an exploration geologist whilst living on Reefton. A dream job for Rebekah who was advising students about employment a options and of course her top experiences studying at Otago and living at Arana.

Bonar Carson

Bonar Carson chose Otago because of its good reputation for science.  As a student he helped with tutoring and with Hands-on Science, and was a sub-warden at Arana College for two years.  “We weren’t there to stop anyone having fun but to stop them taking things too far, offer support with any issues and help them have an awesome time — make their time at college as enjoyable and productive as possible.”

Zara Taylor

Zara Taylor is a postgraduate student involved in raising awareness of the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors. Throughout her time at Otago, she has excelled both in her studies and in her sporting achievements.  Click on link to read more about this amazing ex Arana resident.

Andrew Butler

Whilst on a hunting trip in the Holyford valley Warden Jamie met up with Arana man Andrew Butler. Andrew qualified as a physiotherapist and enjoyed the intensive Physics support package administered by our faithful Deputy Warden (and physics guru) Patrick Chong. "I couldn't have done it without Patrick", said Andrew. This was a happy meeting in very cold snowy conditions as Andrew and his friends were kayaking in the immediate area Jamie was hunting. Jamie shared a few thoughts about the whooping and hollering of the excited kayakers immediately prior to recognising Andrew. Andrew has his wee kayak and Jamie has his Winchester. The deer were the winners on this occasion and it just goes to show that the Arana family meet up in the wildest of places.

Zara Morris-Trainor

 “I always knew I wanted to study animals. I hadn’t originally planned on studying psychology but I signed up for an interest paper and after my first lecture, on behaviour and learning, I was hooked. I realized that my interest in animal behaviour spanned both zoology and psychology, and so decided to do a double major to combine the two fields.

Grant Kingi

Grant KingiGrant was a resident at Arana for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He joined us as part of the Tū Kahika programme in his first year and then stayed with us for the following year. The attached link talks about Grant's amazing journey at Otago University.  When Grant Kingi got off the plane at Dunedin Airport in 2011, ready to begin his experience at the University of Otago, he felt the anxiety more acutely than the majority of would-be students. At 16, he was younger than most; his home in aqua-blue Tolaga Bay (Uawa) on the remote East Coast of the North Island seemed a whole world away from the gothic and Scottish-styled Dunedin; in fact, he had never been this far from home. He expected to be cold so had dressed warmly. But that threw him too, as Dunedin can, because he arrived on a blistering hot day.

Jonathan Broom

Having completed one year of his Psychology degree, Jonathan is enthusiastic about the more specialised study which beckons in his second and third years. But despite his interest in the discipline, he had other plans when he left school.

Ng Fook Kah

Group 4.Mr Ng lived in Arana from 1957 to 1960, graduating in May 1961 with a BA in Education. In 1964 he went to the University of Arizona to complete a Certificate in Counselling. He worked in the Singapore Ministry of Education for many years, finishing his career as Chief Supervisor of Examinations. Photos taken of him with Alison Finigan at an Alumni Singapore event last month. He was such a hit there and the young people loved him!

Ex Arana Students in ANZ Netball Champs


Two ex Arana students Camilla Lees and Hayley Saunders in the ANZ Netball Championships.

Millie playing for the Mystics and Hayley playing for the Tactix.

James ButchersJames Butchers

After completing his Bachelor of Commerce at Otago, majoring in finance, James Butchers is now working on a Master of Finance, and will then take up a role with international banking firm Goldman Sachs, in 2016.

Lorna Little

Lorna Little grew up on a farm in Tangiteroria, half a hour out of Whangarei, and laughs as she describes how Dunedin was at first the “bright lights, big city” for her. But her ventures south didn’t stop there.

Nathan Cohen

Boom! Arana old boy Nathan Cohen and his mate Joseph Sullivan get a HUGE shout out this morning for an epic row for GOLD! So stoked!
After graduating high school, he began studying for an engineering degree at Canterbury University. He later switched to studying for a commerce degree at Massey University, by correspondence. He attended Otago University, where he was a member of the Otago University Rowing Club. He is a member of the Invercargill Rowing Club, which honored him for his accomplishments by making him a life member.

Emma Johns

There is a whole industry screaming out for smart young people to become involved in Information Science according to someone who’s living the dream.

Iona Mylek

In 2010 Arana alumna Iona Mylek won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University where she will study for a Masters in Global Governance and diplomacy to be followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Iona completed a BA with first class honours and was top of her class in Political studies.

Tom Hills

In 2009 Arana alumnus Tom Hills won a Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University. Tom completed his MB ChB and is undertaking studies in integrated immunology at Master level and then on to the degree Doctor of Philosophy.  Tom lived in one of the Arana houses affectionately known as Footrot Flats and he hails from New Plymouth.

Maddi Igham

A University of Otago student is preparing to hand over leadership of a group which has raised more than $100,000 for the city's women's refuge over the past four years.
Student Maddi Ingham (22) has been involved in the Women's Refuge Appeals Committee for the past four years, leading the committee for the past three.


Other Notable Alumni

Prof Don Roberton
Prof Robert Beaglehole
Prof Wayne Gillett
Dr Jim Faed
Dr Tim Medlicott