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Division of Humanities News Archive for 2015

Otago book makes Wall Street Journal list

Thursday, 17 December 2015 3:31pm

A book by an Otago Politics Professor has made the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 10 Must-Read Books on the Evolution of Terrorism in the Middle East.

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2015 MFCO 300-level Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners

Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:39am

MFCO rewards top 300-level essays ...

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A dance legacy celebrated

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 2:30pm

The Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellowship recently celebrated its 10th anniversary – with eight of the 10 former Fellows as well as Caroline’s parents in attendance at the reunion.

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Beijing experience tops off “tremendous year”

Thursday, 10 December 2015 8:40pm

Anthropology and Archaeology’s Dr Anne Ford has had “a tremendous year”, capped off by three months living with her young family in Beijing, China, while working at Peking University.

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Sexual Cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand Education - edited by Senior Lecturer Dr Alex Gunn and Dr Lee Smith

Monday, 7 December 2015 11:00am

Sexual Cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand Education

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Ballantyne wins premier history book award

Friday, 4 December 2015 2:06pm

History Professor Tony Ballantyne’s book Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori and the Question of Body, has won the premier annual prize for a book on New Zealand history. The win was announced in Christchurch at the New Zealand Historical Association’s AGM last night.

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Otago historian wins prestigious national prize for best history book

Friday, 4 December 2015 3:29pm

History Professor Tony Ballantyne’s book Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori and the Question of Body, has won the premier annual prize for a history book on New Zealand history.

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Work to begin demolishing balconies on University Arts building

Thursday, 3 December 2015 10:16am

Work has started on demolishing the balconies of the 46-year-old Arts building following deterioration of the exterior due to concrete spalling.

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Eminent musician new “Blair Professor”

Thursday, 3 December 2015 12:00pm

Although the history of the Blair Professorship in Music goes all the way back to the 1920s, the most recent recipient, Professor Terence Dennis, is only the fourth to hold the title.

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His Excellency Mr Rob Zaagman (Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands)

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 3:07pm

His Excellency Mr Rob Zaagman (Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands) visits with staff from the Politics Department.

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Otago University Historians dominate best book shortlist

Thursday, 26 November 2015 3:41pm

Three Otago historians have recently been named on the short-list for the inaugural W.H. Oliver Prize for the best book on any aspect of New Zealand history published in New Zealand within the past two years.

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Call for review of civil justice system

Friday, 20 November 2015 9:57am

A University of Otago PhD candidate is calling for a review of New Zealand’s civil justice system after completing research into those who represent themselves in civil court.

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Humanities celebrates a successful year

Thursday, 19 November 2015 9:28pm

The Division of Humanities celebrated a highly successful 2015 at its inaugural end of year function held at Te Tumu last week.

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Law Foundation research grant to help solve problems with challenging ACC

Monday, 16 November 2015 9:51am

A team of researchers supported by the University of Otago’s Legal Issues Centre has been awarded $150,000 research funding from the New Zealand Law Foundation to continue their research into access to justice for injured New Zealanders dealing with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

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653 days celebrated by Mozart Fellow

Thursday, 12 November 2015 9:34pm

Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall will give a final concert this weekend, showcasing works composed during his time at the University of Otago.

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Otago academic honoured with Storylines award

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:22am

Otago’s Trish Brooking has received the 2015 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service in the field of children’s literature, in recognition of the far-reaching influence she has had on children’s writing in New Zealand.

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Otago researcher awarded Te Rangi Hiroa Medal

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:31pm

University of Otago Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald was awarded the Te Rangi Hiroa Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand last night.

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2015 Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award Lecture

Thursday, 5 November 2015 3:06pm

Associate Professor Jessica Palmer, who was a joint Winner of the 2015 Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award, recently delivered a Public Lecture on "Misunderstanding the Trust’.

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Faculty of Law hosts a Lecture by the Chief Justice

Thursday, 5 November 2015 2:46pm

The Faculty was delighted to recently host The Right Honourable Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand for a Public Lecture on 'Judgery and the rule of law'.

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New Chaplaincy Qualifications to be offered in 2016

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 2:58pm

From 2016, the Department of Theology and Religion will be offering the Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy, the Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy and the Master of Chaplaincy.

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Dance brings joy to Dunedin mums

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:35am

The Bulletin met 2015 Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow Uzo Nwankpa and learned more about her maternal-baby dance project.

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Children’s Issues Centre marks 20 years

Thursday, 29 October 2015 2:23pm

Numerous accomplishments were celebrated last week when the University of Otago’s Children’s Issues Centre marked its 20th anniversary.

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Faculty celebrates book launch of Health Law In New Zealand

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 2:08pm

The Faculty of Law in association with Thomson Reuters recently celebrated the book launch of Health Law in New Zealand.

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Otago academic receives rare Japan Press Club invitation

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 10:06am

An Otago academic has received an invitation to speak at the Japan National Press Club – a very rare and prestigious honour.

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Otago law students make grand final of ANIMAL Moot 2015

Friday, 16 October 2015 9:24am

Congratulations to Otago law students Amber Hosking and Hugo Dobson, who placed second in the grand final of the Australia New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law (ANIMAL 2015).

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Academic Provides Insights on Proposed Changes to Early Years Education

Thursday, 8 October 2015 11:24am

University of Otago College of Education Senior Lecturer Dr Alex Gunn provides insights into a recent Ministry of Education report which makes several proposals which would change the way children transition from early learning centres to primary school.

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Otago researchers sequence kuri dog genomes

Thursday, 8 October 2015 9:56am

The genetic heritage of New Zealand’s first dog, the now extinct kurī, is being unravelled by University of Otago scientists using state-of-the-art ancient DNA analysis.

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Fellow's formulas made for breaking

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 1:29pm

Australian playwright, director and teacher Janis Balodis says signing up as the University of Otago’s William Evans Playwriting Fellow is all about grabbing opportunities and having a bit of an adventure.

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Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson visits Otago

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 2:17pm

On Friday 11 September, the Faculty of Law was pleased to host New Zealand’s Attorney General, the Hon. Christopher Finlayson.

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Students compete in Kensington Swan Legal Opinion Competition

Friday, 25 September 2015 2:07pm

Last week, over 40 second year law students competed in the 2015 Kensington Swan Legal Opinion competition.

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Civil Court Costs

Friday, 25 September 2015 1:52pm

How valid is the popular view that civil court cases in New Zealand take forever, cost an arm and a leg, and are only for very wealthy individuals and companies?

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College of Education gifts musical instruments to schools

Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:47am

The University of Otago’s College of Education has gifted over $100,000 worth of musical instruments to eight Dunedin primary and intermediate schools.

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2016 Arts Fellows named

Friday, 11 September 2015 11:13am

The 2016 recipients of prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships were announced this week.

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The new Clerk of the House, David Wilson, talks about his dream job

Thursday, 10 September 2015 1:44pm

The new Clerk of the House, David Wilson, talks about his dream job

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University announces coveted Arts fellowships for 2016

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 10:22am

University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has announced the recipients of the University’s prestigious Arts fellowships for 2016.

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Faculty of Law hosts the second Dunedin secondary school mooting competition

Tuesday, 8 September 2015 9:08am

The Faculty of Law and Otago Law for Change students recently hosted the second annual Dunedin secondary schools mooting competition.

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Re-dated New Guinea pottery reveals early Austronesian “fingerprint”

Thursday, 3 September 2015 2:27pm

A University of Otago-led research team has unexpectedly discovered the first evidence that the ancestors of Polynesians did not bypass New Guinea on their way from Southeast Asia to colonise remote areas of the Pacific, as was previously thought.

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Otago Negotiators New Zealand’s Finest

Tuesday, 1 September 2015 4:21pm

Congratulations to University of Otago law students Ellie Domigan and Jamie Rohan, who were the winners of the Buddle Findlay negotiation competition at the recent 2015 NZLSA Conference.

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Scientists reveal New Zealand’s prehistoric wildlife sanctuaries

Tuesday, 1 September 2015 9:57am

An international research team led by University of Otago scientists has documented prehistoric ‘sanctuary’ regions where New Zealand seabirds survived early human hunting.

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Symposium Explores Colonial Childhoods

Friday, 28 August 2015 4:25pm

College of Education Senior Lecturer Dr Hugh Morrison discusses the recent two-day symposium on ‘Colonial Childhoods’ which he organised. The event was run in conjunction with the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture (University of Otago Department of History and Art History) and was held at the Hocken Library.

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More work needed to get kids connecting with nature

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:12pm

Interdisciplinary research involving University of Otago geographers and zoologists has highlighted the great biodiversity of New Zealand neighbourhoods and the opportunities they provide city-dwelling children, but it has also pinpointed hindrances they face in connecting with nature in their neighbourhood.

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Celebrating 20 years of gamelan at Otago

Friday, 21 August 2015 10:51am

The Indonesian Ambassador will attend a weekend of celebrations on the Dunedin campus, as the University marks 20 years of gamelan at Otago.

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Māori Leaders in Law

Monday, 17 August 2015 11:32am

Earlier this year, the Faculty of Law launched the inaugural Building Māori Leaders in Law programme, with the support of University Equity funding.

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Summer School 2016

Thursday, 13 August 2015 2:30pm

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that the following papers will be available for Summer School 2016.

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Outstanding Competition Success by Law Students

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 3:21pm

July was a particularly busy month for a number of law students, who competed in competitions both locally and aboard.

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Joshua Williams Memorial Essay Prize 2015

Monday, 10 August 2015 4:54pm

Applications are now open for the Joshua Williams Memorial Essay Prize 2015.

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Incoming PVC of Humanities gives 2015 Hocken Lecture

Monday, 10 August 2015 11:30am

As Tony Ballantyne, Otago’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, prepares to depart as the Head of Department in History and Art History, he took the opportunity delivering the 2015 Hocken Lecture last week to reflect on the journey and philosophies that drive his own historical research.

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Award-winning Otago teacher first to wear korowai

Friday, 7 August 2015 8:26pm

Otago’s Dr Karyn Paringatai is the first caretaker of an exquisite muka korowai, created by Te Atiawa weaving expert Veranoa Hetet for the winner of the annual Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

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Imagination and senses stimulated at concert

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 2:03pm

An audience last night experienced the weird, wide and wonderful world of the University’s 2014 and 2015 Mozart Fellow Jeremy Mayall, with a performance of a range of his different works at Marama Hall.

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Otago selects leading historian as its next Head of Humanities

Friday, 31 July 2015 2:11pm

The University of Otago has selected Professor Tony Ballantyne as its next Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). Professor Ballantyne is currently Head of Otago’s Department of History and Art History and Director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture.

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Burns Fellow launches literary journal for young writers

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:53am

The University’s 2015 Burns Fellow Louise Wallace has this year been able to fulfil a long-held dream – to launch an online literary journal for writers under the age of 25.

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Otago Law for Change Projects

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 3:57pm

Law for Change was established in 2012 by a group of Otago University law students, with the goal of enabling lawyers and law students in Aotearoa to harness their legal skills to serve the public good.

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Otago study finds young people lack knowledge to help lift organ donation

Friday, 24 July 2015 10:02am

New University of Otago research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today shows that the young “organ donors of the future” lack the knowledge that could help lift New Zealand’s rates of organ donation.

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Report finds serious barriers to justice for those challenging ACC decisions

Thursday, 23 July 2015 9:45am

A team of researchers working with the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, and in partnership with the support group Acclaim Otago, has found serious barriers to access to justice for people challenging Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) decisions through the court system.

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Report finds serious barriers to justice for those challenging ACC decisions

Thursday, 23 July 2015 4:07pm

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori College of Education Event

Thursday, 23 July 2015 1:43pm

College of Education students and staff to hold Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori event in the College Gym on July 27, 12- 12.45pm.

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Ackerley “part of a very lucky generation”

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:57am

“I had a moment in my youth, slightly inebriated, sitting on some Christchurch student flat floor, when I thought, ‘oh dear, I’ve fallen in love with literature’,” recollects Otago English Professor Chris Ackerley, who retired this month.

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Seddon biography wins prestigious award

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 11:55am

Otago History Professor Tom Brooking has been announced as co-winner of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize for history, for his book "Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own: The Life and Times of New Zealand’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister".

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Arts Fellows share their stories

Monday, 13 July 2015 9:59am

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery yesterday hosted the 2015 University of Otago Arts Fellows, giving around 60 members of the public the opportunity to meet the Fellows and ask questions about their work.

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Legal Issues Centre Update Winter 2015

Friday, 10 July 2015 5:09pm

The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, established through the dynamic vision and exceptional generosity of Marilyn and Grant Nelson (The Gama Foundation) and the University of Otago Foundation Trust, is furthering efforts to promote a more accessible, affordable and efficient legal system for the benefit of all citizens.
Looking ahead, the Legal Issues Centre is looking to appoint a new director. The Gama Foundation has further enhanced its support of the Centre with an additional generous endowment earlier this year.

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Legal Issues Centre Update Winter 2015

Friday, 10 July 2015 4:57pm

The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, established through the dynamic vision and exceptional generosity of Marilyn and Grant Nelson (The Gama Foundation) and the University of Otago Foundation Trust, is furthering efforts to promote a more accessible, affordable and efficient legal system for the benefit of all citizens.

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From Reality to the Dream

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:36pm

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From Reality to the Dream is an open discussion about film making, from small story to big screen.

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Family Portraits

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:26pm

Family Portraits: telling rainbow stories through comic style narratives

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Former College of Education Children's Writer in Residence Fellows Take Top Book Awards

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 12:18pm

Four Former College of Education Children's Writer in Residence Fellows Take Top Book Awards

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ANZCA conference, Queenstown, July 2015

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 4:16pm

MFCO lecturer, Dr Michael Bourk and Donald Matheson from the University of Canterbury are co-convening the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association's 2015 conference titled Rethinking Communication, Place and Identity.

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Scholarship ‘extremely humbling’ for inaugural recipient

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 12:16pm

Inspirational Māori lawyer and Otago alumna Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave was remembered recently with the presentation of the inaugural Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship to Law and Māori Studies student Adam Tapsell.

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Dr Davinia Thornley’s book launch

Thursday, 2 July 2015 11:15am

A celebration was held recently to launch Dr Davinia Thornley’s book, 'Cinema, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Criticism: Filming on an Uneven Field', published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Otago Fellowship nurtures award-winning children’s writers

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 4:53pm

Four former University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writers in Residence featured in the finals of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) awards last month.

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Carl Smith Medal awarded to rising Otago researchers

Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:54am

Two up-and-coming University of Otago researchers are the latest recipients of the Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award.

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Cartoon competition winners rise to challenge

Monday, 22 June 2015 8:06pm

Coming up with an idea for a cartoon depicting “power to the peaceful” was a tough ask, according to the winners of the first cartoon competition run by the University’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

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Good Fortune for Otago Theatre students

Friday, 19 June 2015 12:02pm

A long-term relationship between the Fortune Theatre and the Theatre Studies department at Otago is taking centre stage in the Fortune’s latest production.

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MFCO Student Winners

Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:33am

The strategic communication activities of local community organisations were on display in a student competition at the Dunedin Council Chambers last night.

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Te Tumu and the Māori Centre celebrate 25 years

Friday, 29 May 2015 10:18am

This week’s 25th anniversary of Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies and Te Huka Mātauraka/Māori Centre is an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have helped make Otago a leading University in all things Māori over the past two-and-a-half decades.

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HoD to chair young writers’ panel

Thursday, 28 May 2015 4:28pm

NZ Young Writers Festival

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Interconnecting distant NZ windfarms could be boon for grid

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 8:29am

Variable winds—even in New Zealand’s most blustery locations—make it difficult for windfarms to contribute more fully to the national grid, but now University of Otago research points the way to achieving a highly reliable supply of wind power.

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Legal issues at stake in Lecretia Seales’ court case probed

Friday, 22 May 2015 9:45am

There is a very strong case that existing New Zealand law does not preclude a doctor providing a mentally competent, terminally ill patient with the means to achieve a peaceful death, according to a University of Otago law professor and a US lawyer well known for advocacy for such patients.

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Uncovering the past from an international stage

Thursday, 21 May 2015 8:29am

University of Otago Master’s student Helen Alderson has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to undertake her PhD in Archaeology in England.

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Otago key partner in Māori Centre of Research Excellence

Friday, 8 May 2015 2:09pm

University of Otago researchers are set to make key contributions to Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), which has been selected to receive a further five years’ funding from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

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Mobilizing Māori identity: cultural capital and expatriate “portable personhood”

Thursday, 7 May 2015 8:48am

Article by Davinia Thornley - Mobilizing Māori identity: cultural capital and expatriate “portable personhood”

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Cartoonists challenged to picture peace 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 2:01pm

The search is on for New Zealand’s own Michael Leunig, with the launch of a cartoon competition by the University’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

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Malaysian Students Value Experience - Education New Zealand Article

Friday, 17 April 2015 11:51am

A group of primary language teacher training students and staff from Sarawak, Malaysia visited New Zealand, and spent several days at the University of Otago College of Education as part of the visit.

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White Cross Anzac Remembrance Event

Friday, 17 April 2015 3:51pm

WHAT: College of Education Field of Remembrance Cross Laying Ceremony



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New Professor brings passion for Theology and Public Issues

Friday, 10 April 2015 1:59pm

Otago’s new Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues, Professor David Tombs, is fascinated by the opportunities ahead of him in Dunedin. He spoke to the Bulletin about his background and his hopes for the role.

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Innovative new project looks at Dunedin’s past, present and future

Thursday, 2 April 2015 9:43am

A new ‘Global Dunedin’ initiative, run out of the University of Otago’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, aims to provide Dunedinites with a fresh perspective on their city’s past, present, and its future.

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Cricket, clamming and collaboration for Visiting Professor

Monday, 30 March 2015 8:55pm

It has taken until her fifth trip to Otago to achieve it, but Professor Emerita Diane Paul has finally become a cricket fan.

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Competition Success for Students

Saturday, 28 March 2015 9:59am

Law students have recently been engaged in Witness Examination and Client Interviewing Competitions

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Can Science Diplomacy create a better world?

Friday, 27 March 2015 11:01am

A very successful collaboration across two Otago Divisions will be celebrated tonight with the formal launch of a new book Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn?  

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Lighting up historic theatre

Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:02pm

Postgraduate student Neil Vallelly is investigating the effect of candlelight on 16th Century theatregoers.

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Recognition for Outstanding University of Otago teachers

Friday, 20 March 2015 12:00pm

Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru in the Faculty of Law was one of four lecturers recently honoured by colleagues and students in this year’s University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards

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And Where Do We Go Next?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

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Postgraduate teaching course doubles in size

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 1:31pm

The recently introduced postgraduate Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) programme has doubled in size because it meets the demands of graduate students and the education sector, staff say.

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Triple crown achievement for Latafale Auva’a

Monday, 16 March 2015 12:37pm

University of Otago Law and Music student Latafale Auva’a now has a third crown to add to her already impressive collection.

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Cinema and Post-Disaster Public Space

Friday, 13 March 2015 3:27pm

Cinema and Post-Disaster Public Space

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Malaysian visit huge success

Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:50am

Strong links with the University of Otago College of Education, and the value of the “kiwi experience”, were reaffirmed for Malaysian staff and students during a Dunedin visit this week.

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Otago signs MOU with Bishop’s Action Foundation in Taranaki

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 1:56pm

The University of Otago and the Bishop’s Action Foundation (BAF) will today sign an agreement to undertake collaborative research in areas relating to public theology, the sustainability of rural communities and helping communities flourish.

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Otago researcher wins prestigious Harkness Fellowship

Friday, 27 February 2015 11:09am

Dr Jennifer Moore from Otago’s Law Faculty, and the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, has won a prestigious Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and Practice.

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Criminology Minor exciting addition to Otago

Monday, 23 February 2015 7:59pm

Otago’s new minor in Criminology will teach students to step outside news headlines and really question what crime and victimisation are all about.

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Draft Copy: 2014 Frances Hodgkins exhibition opens

Thursday, 12 February 2015 1:47pm

The Bulletin meets 2014 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Patrick Lundberg, whose exhibition Draft Copy opens at the Hocken this weekend.

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Latest papers for 2015

Monday, 9 February 2015 1:20pm

Writing for the Media and Digital Asia

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Need help choosing papers?

Sunday, 8 February 2015 11:03am

There are MFCO academic advisers available to help you choose papers for 2015.

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Hands on Science – Law Snack

Thursday, 22 January 2015 1:22pm

Last week, the University of Otago held it’s 26th annual Hands-On Science programme, where 240 high school students from across the country descended on the Dunedin campus to participate in a range of programmes and activities.

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Professor Jeffrey Smith Discusses New PBRF Role

Friday, 9 January 2015 1:25pm

Professor Jeffrey Smith will head the upcoming University of Otago PBRF review process.

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Better Government reforms are needed for NZ Coronial system, study finds

Wednesday, 7 January 2015 10:13am

All organisations targeted in coroners’ findings – whether public or private - should be required to respond within three months, and the responses made public, a major University of Otago review of the coronial system has recommended.