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Call for pipe upgrades after Asbestos found in Christchurch drinking water

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Wednesday 13 April 2022

A new study concludes ageing underground pipes in many Christchurch suburbs are leaching asbestos fibres into the city’s main water supply; and although raising no immediate concerns for public health, the results are prompting calls for a prioritised pipe replacement programme.

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The price of keeping kids warm at night

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Wednesday 30 March 2022

The cost of heating a child’s bedroom through the night in a Wellington winter would run through 46 per cent of the government’s Winter Energy Payment, which is paid to qualifying beneficiaries and all superannuitants to help with heating costs, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

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Nitrate levels in drinking water and bowel cancer

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Friday 4 March 2022

The formation of cancer-causing chemicals in the gut could be at the heart of understanding how high levels of nitrate in our drinking water contribute to increasing the risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer, New Zealand researchers say.

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Tooth study prompts rethink of human evolution

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Thursday 3 March 2022

A study into tooth wear in a group of wild Japanese macaques has significant implications for the study of human evolution, a University of Otago study has shown.

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Discrimination placing LGBTIQ+ people at risk of homelessness

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Tuesday 21 December 2021

Discrimination in the housing market, as well as structural issues such as poverty, racism and instability, are placing Takatāpui and LGBTIQ+ people at higher risk of homelessness, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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$2.9m HRC funding for Otago

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Monday 15 November 2021

Two Otago researchers have been awarded prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Fellowships in this year’s Health Research Council Career Development Awards.

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Kaupapa Māori child measurement tools developed

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Friday 12 November 2021

A new set of innovative strengths-based child behaviour measurement tools that are grounded in a Māori worldview and link to improved outcomes throughout life have been published at the University of Otago.

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Marsden and Rutherford funding success for Humanities

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Friday 5 November 2021

The Division of Humanities celebrates the news that Associate Professor Priscilla Wehi (Centre for Sustainability) and Associate Professor Zach Weber (Philosophy) have received Marsden Fund grants, and Dr Neil Vallelly a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Research establishes possum density in NZ’s urban environments

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Wednesday 18 August 2021

New Zealand’s first rigorous estimates of possum density in urban areas has been published by the University of Otago, forming baseline data for predator control modelling and planning for the country’s Predator Free 2050 vision. 

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Otago recognises promising early career researchers

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Thursday 8 July 2021

Six researchers whose work ranges from investigating pre-schoolers urban experiences to how reproduction influences life-history, health and ageing have been honoured with Early Career Researcher Awards.

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Study examines financial vulnerability of older New Zealanders

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Tuesday 29 June 2021

A new study out of the University of Otago has examined the financial vulnerability of older New Zealanders, with results showing Māori, Pacific Islanders, and women have lower levels of financial literacy, resulting in them being financially underprepared for their senior years.

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