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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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Q&A with Anna Campbell – 20Twenties recipient 2022


Anna Campbell, BA, BCom, MEntr. In recognition of inspiring future generations of students into business careers.

Since leaving Otago, Anna has packed business success, adventurous travel, advocacy for gender equity and a young family into her busy life – and has learnt that success comes in many forms.

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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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Q&A with Jess Davidson - 20Twenties 2022 recipient


Jess Davidson, BSc majoring in Sports Development and Management, Master in Sport Development and Management (MSpDM) with Distinction. In recognition of significant contribution to the growth and exposure of female cricket within Otago.

Having played cricket since childhood, and worked as Development Officer for Otago Cricket, Jess is relishing her role as Head of Female Engagement at New Zealand Cricket, leading the growth of the women and girls’ game.

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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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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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Study results prompt call for medicinal cannabis policy evaluation

Monday, 29 May 2023 1:45pm

A New Zealand study into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis has added to the growing body of evidence that it has positive effects on pain, sleeplessness and anxiety, researchers say.

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Why high school kids are saying ‘yeah, nah’ to alcohol

Thursday, 25 May 2023 12:11pm

Striking differences in the way high school students socialise may be one of the reasons behind a dramatic drop in youth drinking over the last 20 years, a study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

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Study will measure how much breast milk baby is actually getting

Thursday, 25 May 2023 12:02pm

Mothers worry about an exhaustive list of things; University of Otago researchers are hoping to help with one – is my baby getting enough breastmilk?

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Performance artwork nudges emotional bandwidth

Wednesday, 24 May 2023 4:08pm

A double major in Psychology and Theatre Studies at Otago underpins actor and playwright Hamish Annan’s award-winning performance artwork Access.

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It’s about time

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 3:09pm

What is time? It is a question people often struggle to answer, says Jean Campos, who is working on a PhD on the philosophy of time.

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Life’s more fun if it’s “not a straight line”

Monday, 22 May 2023 9:39am

Otago medical student Josiah Edwin believes that sometimes you must stumble to succeed.

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Saane Fakapulia awarded Well-Being prize for research on Pasifika Anatomy students’ experiences

Friday, 19 May 2023 1:19pm

Saane Fakapulia, a Master of Science (Anatomy), student has been awarded the 2022 Richard Kammann Well-Being Prize for her PGDipSci thesis, ‘An in-depth look into the education experiences of Pasifika Anatomy Students’.

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Otago researchers reveal impact of ancient earthquake

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 11:52am

By combining the scientific powerhouses of genetics and geology, University of Otago researchers have identified a new area of coastal uplift, which had been hiding in plain sight.

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Can I hear a little commotion for… the Sexytet!

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 10:39am

When you think about six-person acapella groups who perform at The Capping Show – progressive and inclusive might not be the first words that come to mind, nor songs about menstruation and the male gaze.

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Music a way to forget about everything that’s going on

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 10:05am

For one University of Otago honours student, music is a creative outlet that allows her to shift her focus from her multiple disabilities.

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Physiotherapy graduate Nathan Cochrane on why he’s working rurally

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 2:42pm

Nathan Cochrane went against the grain when he picked a rural practice, but the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

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On-campus support and prevention services combatting sexual violence

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 4:08pm

The statistics back up the critical need for the services the University’s sexual violence support and prevention centre, Te Whare Tāwharau, provides.

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Balancing salt and iodine intake 

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 8:52am

Increasing the iodine content in table salt or diversifying the sources of food iodised salt is added to could help prevent iodine deficiency in Aotearoa New Zealand’s population, especially among women of reproductive age, an Otago PhD graduand says.