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

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 3:40pm

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 3:39pm

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.

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New Archaeology academic excited to bring skills to Otago

Friday, 3 June 2022 9:46pm

New Archaeology programme lecturer Zac McIvor is excited to be bringing his skills to Otago.

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Project will preserve New Caledonian women’s stories and traditions

Friday, 3 June 2022 6:16pm

Dr Christiane Leurquin will create a documentary and educational material on how intangible cultural heritage and traditions are passed from mothers to daughters in New Caledonia.

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Project will preserve New Caledonian women’s stories and traditions

Wednesday, 1 June 2022 4:09pm

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has awarded Anthropology lecturer Dr Christiane Leurquin EU$100,000 to create a documentary and educational material on how intangible cultural heritage and traditions are passed from mothers to daughters in New Caledonia.  


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Students team up with Project Bruce to make a difference

Friday, 27 May 2022 4:51pm

A local community revitalisation project that saw students partnering with community groups will be celebrated at the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus on 31 May.
Students from the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social and Community Work programmes worked with members of Milton-based community development organisation Project Bruce to support several projects in the Tokomairiro-Milton, Waihola and Taieri Mouth areas.

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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 5:14pm

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 2:05pm

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).