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Thinking outside the box inspires new teacher 

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 3:02pm

From the logistics of imports and exports to inspiring tamariki in the classroom – College of Education graduate Sherman Weatherall says his atypical journey to teaching has taught him many valuable lessons.

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Otago takes centre stage for Lexus Song Quest semi-finals

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 9:35am

Congratulations to Otago alumnus Ridge Ponini and current student Sarah Hubbard for reaching the semi-finals of the Lexus Song Quest.

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Goal achieved - coaching inspires teaching training

Friday, 20 May 2022 4:46pm

Experiences on the football field influenced Jenna Reddy’s off-field decision to return to Otago to study teaching.

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Resilience, perseverance key for teaching graduate

Monday, 16 May 2022 11:58am

North East Valley Normal School teacher Tawhai Huriwai’s education journey led to “resilience and perseverance”, two values that are now prominent features in all his teaching.

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Continuing Theology's Pacific success story

Friday, 13 May 2022 4:41pm

University of Otago graduand Mikaela Sotutu appreciated being able to tailor her Theology papers to examine things from a Fijian perspective.

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Student to learn how to disarm landmines

Thursday, 12 May 2022 9:01am

A PhD candidate travelling to Kosovo later this year will undertake some specialist training, learning to disarm landmines.

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The secret kept for 70 years

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 9:57am

Local Dunedin performers are preparing to take centre stage in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.

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 New books highlight scope of peace studies

Friday, 29 April 2022 4:59pm

Two significant, recent publications from the field of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) include extensive content from staff and former students from Otago’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS).

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Call for feedback on civil justice struggles

Thursday, 14 April 2022 1:31pm

 This month, a working group chaired by University of Otago Faculty of Law academic and Director of the Civil Justice Centre Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin released the Wayfinding for Civil Justice framework to gather input from organisations, legal practitioners and individuals nationwide.

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Otago voices in the media: quarterly picks

Thursday, 7 April 2022 10:43am

This quarterly issue is dedicated to Ukraine media expertise: click the links below to view a selection of vital media commentary by University of Otago researchers over the past two months.

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Take a breath - mindfulness advocated for legal profession

Tuesday, 5 April 2022 4:01pm

Mindfulness can produce powerful results from simple techniques, say two Otago Law academics who see broad benefits for both students and legal practitioners.

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New Te Tumu Manutaki - Dean lives culture

Friday, 1 April 2022 4:52pm

Associate Professor Patrick Vakaoti has been appointed Manutaki (Dean) of the University of Otago’s Te Tumu – School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

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The power of none: New book explores childfree perspectives

Thursday, 31 March 2022 4:21pm

Ahead of its launch next month, editor Dr Davinia Thornley (Media, Film and Communication) discusses "Childfree across the Disciplines: Academic and Activist Perspectives on Not Choosing Children" 

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Surf canoe success sweet for Humanities staff

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 3:32pm

Carol Forbes (Humanities Specialist Academic Committee and Services) and Dr Naomi Ingram (College of Education) won surf canoe bronze at the South Island Senior Surf Lifesaving competition in February.

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Rakiura dune restoration book celebrates 20-year project

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 2:39pm

A new book from the 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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Understanding, tolerance and generosity at heart of special gift

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 4:27pm

A wonderfully generous gift from the late Mrs Ngaere Geddes and her husband, renowned anthropologist and Otago alumnus Professor Bill Geddes, will provide invaluable support and create exciting new research opportunities for students of Social Anthropology at Otago.

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Double FRSNZ success for History

Friday, 25 March 2022 5:47pm

The History Programme is celebrating Professor Angela Wanhalla and Professor Emerita Barbara Brookes' election as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Otago student wins $160,000 at Māori Career Development in Cancer Research Awards

Friday, 18 March 2022 12:40pm

An Otago student is thrilled to win $160,000 to put towards her PhD research project.

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Seven Otago academics elected Royal Society Fellows

Friday, 18 March 2022 8:24am

Seven University of Otago staff are among the new Fellows elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for their distinction in research and advancement.

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Neuro-diversity course to foster knowledge and compassion

Friday, 18 March 2022 3:40pm

Neuro-diversity course to foster knowledge and compassion

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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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What happened to Māori people’s way of life when the moa went extinct?

Monday, 14 March 2022 2:41pm

An excavation site at Doctors Point is helping to shed light on a little-known part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s history.

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New neuro-diversity course to foster knowledge, and compassion

Thursday, 10 March 2022 3:54pm

Professor Anita Gibbs’ new Social and Community Work course will provide much-needed training and education in the key issues surrounding neuro-disability.

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"Gap in literature" inspires new book on women, crime and justice

Thursday, 24 February 2022 3:59pm

Recently released by Routledge, Women, Crime and Justice in Context - Contemporary Perspectives in Feminist Criminology from Australia and New Zealand was edited by Social and Community Work Professor Anita Gibbs and Fairleigh Gilmour (Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology). 

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Ones to Watch: Brent Caldwell

Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:16pm

Some of the greatest actors to cross our screens had long careers in other industries before pursuing their cinematic dreams. With an ever-growing number of careers one person can have in a lifetime, it makes sense to switch it up every now and then.

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Shakespeare but make it Kiwi

Thursday, 17 February 2022 1:16pm

It’s lights, costumes, action - but not as we know it for the cast of this year’s Summer Shakespeare.

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Te Paipera Tapu/Māori Language Bible launched at Summer School paper

Thursday, 17 February 2022 11:03am

Reverend Dr Wayne Te Kaawa says it is an honour to have the brand-new bilingual Te Paipera Tapu/Māori Language Bible launched at his Summer School paper.

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Exciting times for Radio One

Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:01pm

While at first it may seem creativity is being stifled in the current climate, rapid growth is still very much on the radar for Radio One 91FM.

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Support for bicultural legal education

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 9:51am

A nationwide survey has revealed 94 per cent of legal professionals think having more knowledge of te reo Māori and tikanga would be helpful for their work.

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The suprising substance behind a selfie

Thursday, 10 February 2022 10:59am

When enrolling for Summer School papers, you might not think to go searching for one on selfies, but that’s exactly what could be found on offer this year.

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Liam McIlvanney interviewed on the The Heretic

Wednesday, 9 February 2022 1:06pm

The Chair of Scottish Studies, Professor Liam McIlvanney, was interviewed on the publication of The Heretic

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Hefty bags hindering active transport to school

Wednesday, 9 February 2022 9:12am

Heavy school bags are a “significant” issue for teenagers, with one-third of them thinking their bag is too heavy to walk or bike to school, BEATS Research from University of Otago shows.

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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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"Rare honour" further recognition for Archaeology Professor

Thursday, 27 January 2022 12:40pm

Late last year Archaeology's Professor Glenn Summerhayes was thrilled to receive the “rare honour” of being named a Corresponding Fellow by the Australian Academy of Humanities (AAH.