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Dalziel Lecture defies disciplines

Tuesday, 4 October 2022 1:16pm

The most traditional event in the University of Otago English and Linguistics annual calendar will take a somewhat less traditional approach this year.

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"It matters that the girls in the future would feel comfortable, safe and wanted.”

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 11:46am

She’s put in six years of study towards her law degree and has successfully advocated for better facilities for women in rugby.

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Otago set to host another amazing array of artists

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 11:25am

The arts have the power to inspire, heal, and even alarm, as the University of Otago’s 2023 Arts Fellows can all attest.

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Humanities lecturers take out Otago teaching awards

Thursday, 22 September 2022 9:42am

Humanities has accomplished something special, picking up all three Otago Excellence in Teaching awards presented for 2022.

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Housekeeping from OUSA President Melissa Lama

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 8:55am

Getting ready for the end of the year? Well there are few things to do first.

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Celebrating diversity

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 9:59am

More than 500 students celebrated different cultures, communities, learning styles and ways to use their diversity in the wider world during Diversity Week 2022.

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Agreement strengthens relationship between College of Education and Otago primary schools

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 11:22am

Te Kura Ākau Taitoka - the University of Otago College of Education has been selected as the Principal Sponsor of the Otago Primary Principals’ Association (OPPA).

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Professor Jacinta Ruru awarded Distinguished Research Medal

Friday, 16 September 2022 9:11am

Influential Māori legal scholar Professor Jacinta Ruru has been awarded the University of Otago’s top honour – its Distinguished Research Medal.

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Professor Jacinta Ruru awarded Distinguished Research Medal

Thursday, 15 September 2022 9:01am

For more than 20 years, Professor Jacinta Ruru has been thinking and writing about how environmental law could recalibrate to be more respectful of Māori rights, interests and responsibilities.

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"Spring is a symbol of a fresh start"

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 3:43pm

As the blossoms come out a much-anticipated annual event on the Dunedin campus is also making its comeback.

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Taking charge in the face of adversity – climate change adaptors focus of project

Monday, 12 September 2022 11:27am

As the world struggles to take meaningful action on climate change, University of Otago researchers are studying how mana whenua and local authorities are stepping up to help their communities.

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Bringing peace to his country

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 11:04am

Lived experience is contributing in a very real way to one University of Otago student’s studies.

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Six60 scholarship recipients announced

Wednesday, 24 August 2022 2:37pm

Four musically talented University of Otago students have been selected as the recipients of the Six60 Scholarships for 2023.

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From politics to commis chef at high-end restaurant

Monday, 22 August 2022 11:23am

Otago's MasterChef NZ competitor Alice Taylor is loving her new role at Auckland restaurant Baduzzi.

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Master's graduands arrive in Dunedin from USA to surprise family

Friday, 19 August 2022 3:39pm

Graduands Melanie and Ronnie Taurarii and their three children landed in Dunedin on Wednesday after three years in the USA.

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“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and stand out.”

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 1:42pm

The Bachelor of Performing Arts graduand is ready to cross the stage this month to collect his degree.

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Ones to Watch: Jake Callender

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 1:44pm

Following their performance dreams is Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Dance) graduand Jake Callender who took a less direct path to his chosen field.

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Lunchtime Theatre returns

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 1:21pm

Lunchtime Theatre is back and students are “chomping at the bit” to tread the boards once again.

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Out of winter and onto Brazilian sands

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 10:18am

Competing in South America will be a stark contrast to what one Otago volleyball duo has been used to in training.

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New book lifts curtain on Rapa Nui 'theatre' traditions

Tuesday, 9 August 2022 11:23am

Languages and Cultures Pūkenga (Lecturer) Dr Moira Fortin Cornejo’s latest publication Rapa Nui Theatre: Staging Indigenous Identities in Easter Island describes her experiences of living on the remote Pacific island and provides a rare insight into its fascinating performance tradition.

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Scholarships helped not just Blair, but his whole family

Monday, 8 August 2022 3:36pm

The fourth year Bachelor of Surveying student won both the University of Otago’s Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, and the Keystone Trust Study Award Scholarship, in 2019.

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Short summer scholarship leads to longer term study

Thursday, 4 August 2022 4:42pm

A project exploring the similarities, and differences, between narrative storytelling in te reo Māori and te reo Inarahi (English) has inspired Humanities Summer Scholarship recipient Te Ngaru Wehi (Waikato, Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa) to pursue postgraduate study.

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Back your community, an important message

Tuesday, 2 August 2022 1:46pm

A Community Awareness Week run by Te Whare Tāwharau will feature key speakers, stalls and training on looking after each other.

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Student duo search for the mark of their ancestors

Monday, 1 August 2022 8:44am

Cook Islanders have called Dunedin home since the 1960s, but their presence is not well-documented.

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Path to pharmacy, a busy one

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 4:09pm

Knowing the importance of vaccines has helped a pharmacy student overcome her fear of needles to become a vaccinator on campus.

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Closer to home than some may think

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 9:35am

A rising number of students are making use of the services of Te Whare Pounamu Women’s Refuge, which brings fundraising for the organisation a little closer to home, the student organisers of an annual campaign say.

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"It’s all part of the gig as a Sub-Warden"

Monday, 25 July 2022 4:18pm

Ruzel Stegen says she wouldn’t trade this job for anything and while it can be “full-on” it’s also rewarding.

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Champions of the Under20s

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 2:47pm

Returning home victorious from the international field is all part of the game plan for four Otago students.

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Little notice, maximum results

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 2:46pm

Learning the law doesn’t get more hands-on than negotiating with the cream of the crop on international soil.

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Otago foundations underpin career in New York art galleries

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 9:02am

Isabella Howard (Rangitāne o Wairau) is putting her Otago arts and business degrees to good use working in the vibrant New York art scene.

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Competing on MasterChef NZ a dream come true for one Otago master’s student

Monday, 11 July 2022 3:17pm

Alice Taylor had always wondered what it would be like to compete on MasterChef NZ. This year, she found out.

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Capping Show theme expected to be a hit

Monday, 11 July 2022 9:25am

It may be the longest running student revue in the world, but the creators of Otago University’s Capping Show are not running out of ideas yet.

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Students take the lead in dark comedy vaudeville

Monday, 11 July 2022 4:40pm

Who says jazz, murder and education can’t go hand in hand?

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Law scholarship recipient to focus on recognition of tikanga Māori 

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 9:13am

Otago Law alumna Josie Te Rata (Ngāti Raukawa) is one of two recipients of this year’s New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarships.

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Mozart Fellow pens opera 'The Strangest of Angels' 

Monday, 27 June 2022 2:12pm

A 'harrowing, compelling' opera referencing Janet Frame's time at Seacliff Mental Hospital will be performed in Dunedin in October.

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Law a global pursuit for new lecturer

Thursday, 23 June 2022 4:33pm

From suburban Madrid to near its southern antipode, Aotearoa, new Faculty of Law lecturer Lucas Clover Alcolea says studying and working in the law has had many unexpected benefits - including global travel.

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Ones to Watch: Samuel Leaper

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 10:33am

The third-year Bachelor of Music student has had a busy year between studying, sound engineering, working with his band Black-Sale House and even taking on his first Musical Director role.

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Luminous sphere sheds light on liminal space 

Monday, 20 June 2022 2:16pm

Fresh from a major festival in a city best known for its canals, the art installation Luminary l Luminare is set to illuminate cathedrals and churches in Aotearoa.

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A passion for music, law and international travel

Monday, 20 June 2022 11:47am

An international travel scholarship is helping Otago alumna Ihlara McIndoe head to McGill University in Montreal to pursue her master’s in music.

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Frustrating experiences in early childhood education led stay-at-home mum to gain PhD

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 4:54pm

Mum earns PhD in education to better early childhood education experiences for disabled children.

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If these walls could talk: bricks at Christchurch campus project site tell stories of city’s past

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 1:49pm

As the University of Otago Christchurch campus redevelopment prepares to rise from the ground, academics in Dunedin are cleaning the dirt from 150-year-old artefacts dug up from the site.

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New Zealand’s role in space to take centre stage at Foreign Policy School

Monday, 13 June 2022 1:14pm

As New Zealand takes its place as a space-faring nation, this year’s Otago Foreign Policy School will tackle the regulatory, scientific, cultural, and security aspects the nation must consider when moulding its space policy and framework.

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New grants support important networks 

Friday, 10 June 2022 12:53pm

Two important Humanities research initiatives have received $10,000 in the inaugural University of Otago Research Network grant round.

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Alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 9:12am

University of Otago alumni have been recognised for ground-breaking and inspirational service and commitment to a diverse range of communities, interests and professions in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022.

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Shining a light on Tongan community's experience during COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 4:04pm

Pauline Luyten's thesis highlights all the work the South Canterbury Tongan community put in to adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Master's student wants fruit, vegies grown in schools

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 2:14pm

One Peace and Conflict Studies master's student believes teaching how to grow food in schools would be beneficial for many young learners.