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Otago alumni honoured at NZ Business Hall of Fame

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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

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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

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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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Scholarships create connections back to rural communities

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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

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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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Medical School Class of ‘79 scholarships continue to support students

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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

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

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

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NZ one of few island nations with potential to produce enough food in a nuclear winter

Tuesday, 7 February 2023 1:00pm

New Zealand is one of only a few island nations that could continue to produce enough food to feed its population in a nuclear winter, researchers have found.

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Researchers call for prescription charge to be cut

Tuesday, 7 February 2023 11:53am

Removing the $5 prescription charge for people in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation reduces the number of hospital admissions and the length of stays, a new study shows.

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Represented Otago at World Universities Debating Championship 

Friday, 3 February 2023 10:03am

Competing in the World Universities Debating Championship was a great way to get some new perspectives on the world, says the president of the Otago University Debate Society, Jaiden Tucker.

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Locating for recovery: acute mental health units remain in the shadows

Thursday, 2 February 2023 11:14am

Acute mental health care units remain in the shadows, neither fully integrated into general hospitals nor part of the community, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, say.

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Wetlands crucial for wellbeing of environment

Thursday, 2 February 2023 9:06am

Wetlands play a crucial role within the world’s ecosystems, but their wellbeing is being heavily impacted by human activity.

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Helping revitalise te reo Māori

Wednesday, 1 February 2023 3:58pm

Wanting to make a positive change in people’s attitudes towards Māori culture is one of the reasons University of Otago kaiwhakaako (teaching fellow) Leighton Williams teaches.

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Rare Book School explores early printing techniques

Wednesday, 1 February 2023 2:14pm

Recreating a piece of the past was all part of the experience for students attending ‘An Introduction to Letterpress: A Haptic History’, one of the courses offered during the Rare Book School held at Otago last month.

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Saying yes to the red shirt and giving back to Otago

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 4:38pm

It’s been a busy Christmas holiday for Lachie Scarsbrook. Taking his first trip home from the UK since leaving for the University of Oxford nearly two years ago, not only was his research about a new species of gecko published – including collaboration with iwi over Te Reo Māori scientific and common names – but he decided to extend his trip by two weeks to help out for the fourth time as a “red shirt” at Hands On at Otago.

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Podcast conversations aim to trigger curiosity and understanding

Monday, 30 January 2023 9:25am

Otago international PhD graduate Amir Amini’s fascination for different viewpoints and love of sharing stories has grown into a 10-part podcast series, When an Irani Meets a Māori.

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University of Otago genetic researcher Dr Andrew Bagshaw – “a genuine genius”

Friday, 27 January 2023 2:11pm

Dame Sue and Professor Phil Bagshaw say their “much loved” late son, former University of Otago geneticist and aid worker Dr Andrew Bagshaw, was never going to come home from the war in Ukraine until “the job was finished”.

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Performing in Chinese New Year celebrations

Friday, 27 January 2023 8:50am

As those who celebrate usher in the Year of the Rabbit, one Otago staff member is taking a special role in events to mark the occasion.

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Can you spot the rip? Doing so could save your life

Thursday, 26 January 2023 2:46pm

Rachel Irvine’s summer spent on the beach will bring valuable insight into rip current hazards.

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Podcast conversations aim to trigger curiosity and understanding

Thursday, 26 January 2023 2:39pm

Otago international PhD graduate Amir Amini’s fascination for different viewpoints and love of sharing stories has grown into a 10-part podcast series, When an Irani Meets a Māori.

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Inaugural New Zealand Hydrogen Symposium

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 3:50pm

Aotearoa New Zealand’s first research-focused symposium bringing together international expertise on hydrogen will be held at the University of Otago early next month.

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Honour recognises advocacy for equity, social justice and anti-racism

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 9:10am

Taking Otago’s distance-learning Certificate in Health Promotion in 1996 helped create the foundations of a career in public health for Dr Heather Came-Friar, who was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori, education and health in the New Year Honours.

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Medical student encourages others to back themselves

Monday, 23 January 2023 12:16pm

For third year Otago medical student Simone Ada (Ngāi te Rangi), realising she was meant to be a doctor was “like being shaken awake”.

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Honour recognises advocacy for equity, social justice and anti-racism

Monday, 23 January 2023 9:03am

Taking Otago’s distance-learning Certificate in Health Promotion in 1996 helped create the foundations of a career in public health for Dr Heather Came-Friar, who was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori, education and health in the New Year Honours.