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Eliminating COVID-19: what the world can learn from NZ and Taiwan
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Both Taiwan and New Zealand have successfully eliminated COVID-19 with world-leading pandemic responses. By taking a particularly proactive approach, Taiwan’s response was probably the most effective and least disruptive of any country’s, researchers say.

Otago researchers help complete world first wasp genome project
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
In a world first, New Zealand researchers have sequenced the genome of three wasps, two of which are invasive wasps in New Zealand, paving the way for new methods of control for these significant pests.

Urgent need to decolonise urban planning: Otago researcher
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
City planners need to embrace self-determination by Indigenous property developers and regard them as treaty partners with the authority to plan for themselves, an Otago researcher says.

University of Otago announces 2021 Arts Fellows
Friday, 16 October 2020
Award-winning writers and artists tackling challenging social issues; composers creating soaring operas; dancers working with the community – the University of Otago’s 2021 Arts Fellows continue a strong tradition of celebrating diversity and making culture accessible to many.

Dates announced for Drybread Cemetery Bioarchaeology Project
Friday, 16 October 2020
The historic Drybread Cemetery will be the focus of the latest University of Otago and Southern Cemeteries Archaeology research project, planned to begin on 16 November 2020. On-site work is expected to take around 4 weeks, with subsequent bioarchaeological laboratory research expected to take a further twelve months.

Otago appoints new head of External Engagement
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Leading historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, FRSNZ, has accepted a new role at the University of Otago as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), effective from next year.

Otago study shows whole fruit vitamin C boosts ‘zest for life’
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
A University of Otago study has shown adults low in dietary vitamin C can improve their feelings of vitality by eating two kiwifruit a day for two weeks.

School zoning could increase adolescent exercise rates, Otago researcher
Monday, 12 October 2020
If effective school zoning policies were widely applied, more adolescents would get valuable exercise walking or cycling to their nearest school, an Otago researcher says.

Otago successful in $69 million of CoRE funding
Friday, 9 October 2020
The University of Otago is proud to announce success in two applications for Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding in the latest Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding round.

Public health experts urge a ‘yes’ vote in cannabis referendum
Friday, 9 October 2020
Leading specialists in addiction treatment, public health, health promotion and epidemiology are calling on New Zealanders to vote for cannabis law reform in the current referendum.


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