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He Kitenga reflects the concept of discovery. The Māori word kitenga derives from kite which translates to words such as see, perceive, find and discover.

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is celebrating its sesquicentennial.

Harlene HayneThe determined settlers who established this institution in what was then a young city had a deep-seated commitment to education, challenging future generations of fine young men and women with the motto sapere aude – dare to be wise. And they did.

Over the past 150 years, the University of Otago has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence, successfully balancing the traditions of its history with modern scholarship and leading research.

To mark our sesquicentennial milestone, He Kitenga 150 takes the stories of just a few of the very many alumni heroes who have contributed to Otago’s success and uses these as a platform to highlight the outstanding work that continues on our campuses today.

Professor Harlene Hayne