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Internal resources

Approved Māori signage (translations)

For translations of University names and commonly-used terms.

Preparing for a photoshoot

A list of things to consider before being photographed including tips on what to wear, what to bring with you, and relaxing in front of the camera.


How to pronounce 'Otago' and 'Dunedin' (MP3 audio file).


Flickr Image Gallery

High-res professional photos of our students, staff, and campuses.


The University uses fonts from the Amsi Pro, Bodoni STD Roman, Minon Pro, and Open Sans families.

Zoom backgrounds

University of Otago images that can be used as background for Zoom calls.


Event Support Request Form

Please complete the online form. It will be submitted directly to the Events team for a response.

Talent Release Form

Photos that feature people require a talent release from the individual(s) concerned. This allows us to use their image in promotional materials legally.


Writing Style Guide

Writing style refers to the ways an author chooses to write to their readers. Style is not a matter of right and wrong, but of what is appropriate for a particular setting and audience. The Writing Style Guide is designed to help ensure writing style – whether for internal or external audiences, written for print or online – is consistent and maintains a professional standard across the University.

Web Content Guides

SEO best practice, web writing guidelines, and Squiz Matrix training manual (University staff only) are provided to improve web content quality.


PowerPoint templates

Download University-branded templates. See also Safe fonts in PowerPoint.

Word templates

A range of templates for Microsoft Word.

External resources

Address and Postcode Finder

Find the correct syntax and postcode for any physical or postal address in New Zealand.

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Online version of this definitive guide to English usage. Free if you're on the University Network.

Hemingway App

A free web service to analyse your writing and alert you to complex sentences and common errors.

Te Aka Māori Dictionary

As well as the words one would expect in a traditional dictionary, Te Aka has encyclopaedic entries including the names of plants and animals, stars, planets and heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes. Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names are also provided. There are also explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture.

The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Online version of the first large-scale English dictionary especially prepared for New Zealand users. Free if you're on the University Network.

Study Marketing

The Department of Marketing teaches marketing at Otago. Marketing Services is an internal service unit that is not directly affiliated with the Department of Marketing.

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