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Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Finalists

Ngā mihi nui to Otago alumni Dr Olive Webb and Stuart Muir who are finalists in two categories of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards! Community Health PhD alumna Dr Webb is a finalist in the Local Hero Award, and BA alumnus Stuart is a finalist in the Environmental Hero of the Year. The winners will be announced on 27 March. Ka mau te wehi!

Ngā mihi nui to Otago... - University of Otago Alumni & Friends | Facebook

Kiwibank finalist Olive Webb and Stuart Muir

New Zealand's only vinyl record plan launched Bio Vinyl records

Otago alumni Joel Woods and Ben Wallace switched careers in criminal law and property development to set up New Zealand’s only vinyl record pressing plant in 2018. In February, they launched their new Bio Vinyl records, switching from using fossil fuel-based PVC to recycled cooking oil and industrial gasses, reducing the carbon footprint of vinyl record manufacturing by an estimated 92 per cent!

Joel talks to Breakfast TV about the move to Bio Vinyl, saying “we are producing one of the most sustainable vinyl records on the planet at the moment”. He mahi tino pai tēnei!

Kiwis pressing 'biovinyl' records made of cooking oil and gas (

Seven alumnae recognised in Top 50 Women in Food and Drink 2024

Miranda Mirosa
Professor Miranda Mirosa.

An inspiring group of Otago alumnae feature in the Top 50 Women in Food & Drink Aotearoa New Zealand for 2024! Announced in early March, the Top 50 were nominated by members of the Women In Food and Drink Aotearoa New Zealand network. The Otago alumnae studied across Sciences, Applied Sciences, Arts, Commerce and Law, and include:

🎓 Professor Miranda Mirosa, Otago’s Director of the Food Waste Innovation Research Theme

🎓 Nadia Lim, celebrity chef, nutritionist and farm-to-plate business owner

🎓 Charlotte Read, General Manager Brand New Zealand Winegrowers

🎓 Kate Underwood, Eat NZ Kaitaki lead and communications specialist

🎓 Kathie Bartley, Marvellous Marketing co-creator, marketer behind Corbans Wine & Food Challenge, part of team driving Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards, NZ Champions of Cheese Awards, NZ Chocolate Awards

🎓 Nicola McConnell, Marvellous Marketing co-creator, part of team driving Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards and NZ Chocolate Awards, established Dine Dunedin festival

🎓 Sophie Gilmour, co-owner of Auckland food institution Fatimas and event space The Village.

Aotearoa New Zealand's TOP 50 most influential & inspiring women in food & drink 2024 - Cuisine Magazine - From New Zealand to the World

Dr Katie Cooper and Dr Rebecca Rice co-author new Te Papa book

Otago alumnae Dr Katie Cooper (left), Curator New Zealand Histories and Cultures at Te Papa and Dr Rebecca Rice, Curator Historical New Zealand Art at Te Papa are co-authors, with Matiu Baker and Michael Fitzgerald, of a new book launched last week by Te Papa. ‘Te Ata o Tū The Shadow of Tūmatauenga: The New Zealand Wars Collections of Te Papa’ was developed in partnership with iwi and tells the stories of the New Zealand Wars through 500 taonga from the museum’s collection.

NZ Wars: History comes alive with new book of taonga | RNZ News

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