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Otago alumni honoured at NZ Business Hall of Fame


Business leaders, philanthropists and Otago alumni Graeme Hart, Uluomatootua (Ulu) Aiono ONZM and Dr Jackie Mills were inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame at a gala event last week.

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'Great sadness' at Queen's death


The University expresses heartfelt condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Fiji and Samoa Alumni events 2022


The University of Otago was honoured to be able to travel to Fiji and Samoa in October this year to meet with alumni in-person. It was fabulous to be able to travel with Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Murdoch and to once again provide an opportunity for Otago alumni to reconnect with each other and with University leaders.

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Inaugural Fred Hollows lecture and MOU celebrate 30 years of restoring sight


Celebrating 30 years of restoring sight, the Inaugural Fred Hollows’ Lecture has been held at the University of Otago.

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Scholarships create connections back to rural communities


The applications for New Zealand Rural Games Trust Scholarships were so impressive, the Trust decided to award two $1000 scholarships instead of one, to second-year Otago students Thomas Menlove and Holly Williams.

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Communities set to benefit from Indigenous-led international grant with rangatiratanga at heart


The opportunity to develop Māori-led programmes for pēpi, tamariki and whānau wellbeing and intergenerational playspaces centred on tikanga and te ao Māori has been described as “breath-taking” and a privilege by those involved.

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Medical School Class of ‘79 scholarships continue to support students


The generosity of a group of Otago Medical School graduates continues to support students at Otago. This year, three Class of 1979 Undergraduate Medical Scholarships have been awarded to second and third-year medical students Biruk Mengstu, Caitlyn Roberts and Gabriella Alexandra.

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Alumni scholarships link Otago’s past, present and future


After two years of cancelled events, it was great to get together last week to welcome this year’s alumni scholarship recipients.

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A journey from the runway to the library


A multi-award-winning non-binary fashion designer is taking a moment away from their avant-garde clothing line to try something new at Otago.

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Hot Picks


Be entertained and feed your mind with our Hot Picks. You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of podcasts, interviews, and lectures from Otago academics, visiting lecturers, and alumni.

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From Ontario to Te Waipounamu - Summer School Abroad rekindles international connections

Friday, 31 March 2023 10:41am

This summer, tauira from Canada’s Brock University attended Otago as part of their Summer School Abroad programme, 11 years after Brock’s last visit to our shores.

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Suggestion you could walk around your neighbourhood good for mental health

Friday, 31 March 2023 2:35pm

Even just knowing you could walk around the area you in live in if you want to can improve your mental health, new research by a University of Otago master’s candidate suggests.

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Smells influence metabolism and ageing in mice – research

Wednesday, 29 March 2023 12:08pm

Exposure to female odours and pheromones causes weight loss and extend the life spans of mice, which may have implications for humans, University of Otago researchers have found.

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Evening activity breaks from screen time better for health

Wednesday, 29 March 2023 8:40am

Breaking up long periods of sitting in the evening can result in lower blood sugar and insulin levels in healthy adults, a new University of Otago study has found.

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People key to tourism’s role in post-COVID recovery

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 4:32pm

The tourism industry is poised to pull New Zealand through the aftermath of the COVID‑19 pandemic but it needs more people, an entrepreneur says.

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Dr Andrew Bagshaw’s final legacy – a breakthrough discovery in the field of DNA research

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 1:55pm

The late Dr Andrew Bagshaw has had his final scientific research paper published posthumously, a matter of weeks after his tragic death while volunteering as an aid worker in war-torn Ukraine.

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Fellowship allows virtual reality expert to share expertise at Otago

Monday, 27 March 2023 11:59am

Even in an increasingly online world, and even when virtual reality is your own specialty, there’s nothing like being able to knock on your colleague’s door for some feedback on your latest project.

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Something in the water – the story of an alumni family

Monday, 27 March 2023 4:17pm

Fulfilling careers and a life-long partnership all started in Chemistry class at Otago for Tony and Barbara Johnson.

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Recognised for major improvements to Māori healthcare

Monday, 27 March 2023 8:58am

His high school careers advisor told him he would be wasting his time if he chose to study medicine and he initially pursued a commerce degree at Victoria University of Wellington. However, after two years there, John Armstrong decided that accounting and economics weren’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

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Walking trail’s new project to “renew, restore, rebuild”

Friday, 24 March 2023 12:32pm

The kaitiaki of New Zealand’s longest trail hopes it will become the world’s “first truly regenerative through-hike”.

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Tourism industry climate scenarios show bold action is needed, Policy School told

Friday, 24 March 2023 12:47pm

Aotearoa will become a “hot house” by 2050 if it does not introduce additional climate policies, Tourism Industry Transformation Plan Environment Co-Chair Laurissa Cooney announced at the University of Otago’s Tourism Policy School today.

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Pacific PhD candidate follows in father’s footsteps at Cambridge

Thursday, 23 March 2023 4:59pm

University of Otago PhD candidate Wanda Ieremia-Allan would spend Sunday afternoons delivering 'O Le Sulu Samoa' newspaper as a young girl.

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Phytoplankton blooms offer insight into impacts of climate change

Thursday, 23 March 2023 11:32am

The first study into the biological response of the upper ocean in the wake of South Pacific cyclones could help predict the impact of warming ocean temperatures, New Zealand researchers believe.

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New funding will boost RNA research into vaccines and other healthcare treatments

Thursday, 23 March 2023 2:20pm

Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and Waipapa Taumata Rau – University of Auckland, have been named as co-hosts of a government-funded Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Development Platform.

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Alumni in the News 

Thursday, 23 March 2023 1:52pm

Dentistry graduate Christian Lio-Willie signs with the Crusaders, Natasha Callister and Rowena Davenport are appointed to leading roles at MTF Finance, Tony Johnson receives top Australasian award for outstanding contribution to the pulp and paper industry, Clare Wilson takes honours at the David Awards for small and micro businesses in New Zealand.