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Call for pipe upgrades after Asbestos found in Christchurch drinking water

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 9:28am

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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Get the grass off - new Rakiura dune restoration book celebrates 20-year project

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 4:31pm

A new book from Otago's School of Geography goes beyond celebrating the Department of Conservation's 20-plus-year efforts to restore dunes on Rakiura Stewart Island - it also shows the value of collaborative relationships for students, staff, and our unique coastal environment.  

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Increased citizen engagement possible on local government's social media

Thursday, 3 February 2022 2:44pm

A new University of Otago-led study says that local councils could have higher social media engagement by posting content that invites interaction.

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Out of Africa(n Studies): Professor Tony Binns retires

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 3:50pm

In retirement Geography Professor Tony Binns will maintain links with the African communities and institutions he has worked with for almost 50 years.

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Research extends length of glacier and snowline analysis

Thursday, 8 July 2021 9:30am

The timeline for end-of-summer-snowline measurements in New Zealand’s Southern Alps has been extended in new research by the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington.

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Otago recognises promising early career researchers

Thursday, 8 July 2021 1:18pm

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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Otago’s Mountain Research Centre explores snow, ice and glaciers in our changing climate

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 9:30am

Tackling the uncertainty of how changes to snow and ice cover will impact New Zealand’s water resources is one of the goals of University of Otago’s Mountain Research Centre (MRC).

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Snow’s response to climate change the focus of new project

Thursday, 17 June 2021 8:51am

Snow falling in Aotearoa/New Zealand’s mountain regions is a major source of freshwater, but how much snow is being stored and how it’s expected to contribute to future stream flows with our changing climate remains uncertain.

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Humanities academics scoop top Otago award

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 3:53pm

Religion programme Professor Ben Schonthal and Religion Head of Programme Associate Professor John Shaver are joint 2021 recipients of the University’s premier research award, the Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal. Division of Humanties academics Dr Christina Ergler (School of Geography) and Dr Anna High (Law) were recently announced as Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research recipients.

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Otago scoops half of Geographical Society awards

Monday, 14 June 2021 5:12pm

As the University of Otago’s School of Geography marks its 75th year it has extra cause for celebration – its students and staff have scooped half the recently announced New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) annual awards.

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"True ambassador for impact assessment" receives international award

Thursday, 27 May 2021 4:35pm

Geography Emeritus Professor Richard Morgan has received a lifetime achievement award from the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), the leading international organisation promoting and supporting impact assessment for informed decision-making regarding policies, programmes, plans and projects.

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Looking at future of Antarctic through an Indigenous Māori lens

Thursday, 27 May 2021 4:29pm

It is time for the management and conservation of the Antarctic to begin focusing on responsibility, rather than rights, through an Indigenous Māori framework, a University of Otago academic argues.

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Greenspace therapeutic for refugees

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:41am

From sweeping beaches to a neighbourhood park, therapeutic landscapes are beneficial for former refugees’ health and wellbeing, a University of Otago study has found.