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Otago Connection 2016 archives

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Otago On Location: The Academic Dress Hire Rooms

Wednesday 7 December 2016

In Otago On Location, we bring Otago Connection readers behind the scenes of some of the University’s most stunning, unique, historic and amazing spaces. In this instalment, we visit the Academic Dress Rooms.


Dental School set to access top online learning

Friday 25 November 2016

State-of-the-art online learning is on the way for University of Otago dental students with the faculty set to tap into e-Den, part of e-Learning for health care in the UK.

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Mongrel Mob reveal liver/lung health unawareness

Tuesday 22 November 2016

The Mongrel Mob gang is assisting University of Otago liver and lung disease researchers with gathering key data around Hepatitis C and smoking issues in a series of health hui.


Hayward takes out top cooking honours

Friday 11 November 2016

Pairing blue cod with kumara puree proved a winning combination for chefs Kerry Varcoe and Richard Fuentes from Hayward College, competing in the annual Residential Chef of the Year competition yesterday.

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Otago student New Zealand’s youngest community board member

Tuesday 8 November 2016

At only 19 years old, Otago Politics/Māori Studies student Ryan Jones became the youngest person to be voted in during Dunedin’s 2016 local body elections last month, winning a seat on the West Harbour Community Board, something he credits to an often challenging past.

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Scarfie chef cooking up book

Monday 31 October 2016

Otago medical student Albert ‘Alby’ Hailes’ experimentation with inspiring fellow students to cook budget recipes has led the ‘Scarfie Kitchen’ chef to start producing a book based on his website.

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Case competition win for Otago

Thursday 27 October 2016

An Otago team defeated 11 other universities to win the 2016 Student Development Society International Business Case Competition in Queenstown.

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English internship’s fabulous start

Friday 14 October 2016

Otago’s first student of English to take the Division of Humanities' new internship paper, Aleisha Pienaar, is discovering Dunedin’s literary riches, working on a significant project for the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

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Student leadership recognised with awards

Thursday 13 October 2016

Early last week, eleven highly motivated and inspirational student leaders were recognised with Student Leadership Awards at a celebration held at the Staff Club.

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Stepping into the community to support Orphans Aid

Monday 3 October 2016

Four students living at Cumberland College are discovering the joys and insights volunteer work brings, heading off-campus every second Saturday to help at the Orphans Aid Op-shop in South Dunedin.

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Inaugural College Colours winners unveiled

Thursday 29 September 2016

The University of Otago presented the College Colours Awards last Friday at a ceremony recognising the top colleges and supporters who excelled in the inaugural Inter-College Sporting and Cultural Competition.

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Otago’s prestigious Blues and Golds Awards presented

Friday 23 September 2016

Otago Blues and Golds Awards were presented to the top athletes, cultural stars, clubs and societies from the University of Otago during a ceremony hosted by the Otago University Students’ Association yesterday evening.

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OUSA honours top University teachers

Friday 23 September 2016

The Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Awards were presented on Wednesday evening. From a pool of almost 370 nominations – the most ever received for the annual awards – Dr Annika Bokor emerged as the evening’s big winner taking home the Top Teacher award.

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‘Our Ocean, One Future’ summit inspires

Thursday 22 September 2016

“The oceans can’t call 911 for help and so we need to take action,” says Otago Oceanography student Mitchell Chandler, encouraged by the proactive speakers he heard at the ‘Our Ocean, One Future: Leadership Summit’ in Washington DC this month.

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Otago Māori win at national conference

Monday 19 September 2016

For the first time, Te Roopū Māori (Otago Māori Students’ Association) undergraduate members have won Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga (the Māori Students Conference) trophy for overall achievement during the event.

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Update: Heading to Rio Paralympics 2016

Friday 16 September 2016

An update on the performance of Otago PE student Jacob Philips who took on the world competing in both the Men's 100m and 200m T35 events at the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio earlier this month.

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Colleges think pink for a good cause

Monday 22 August 2016

The Breast Cancer Society will benefit from a donation of $400 thanks to a fundraising brunch held at Knox College earlier this month.

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Otago On Location: OUSA Aquatic Centre

Thursday 18 August 2016

In Otago On Location, we bring Otago Connection readers behind the scenes of some of the University’s most stunning, unique, historic and amazing spaces. In this instalment, we visit the Otago University Students’ Association Aquatic Centre, home of the Otago University Rowing Club.

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Otago students lend support to those helping others

Friday 5 August 2016

When the call went out last year for student volunteers to help out with an auction in support of Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women’s Refuge Appeals Month, Otago Law student Maddi Ingham didn’t hesitate to sign herself up. This year, she took on an even bigger Appeals Month role.

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Scholarly success has its rewards

Monday 1 August 2016

A wide range of entrance scholarships are available for students to study at the University of Otago and for Otago students to study at other institutions around the world. Here we introduce you to just a few of the hundreds of students who received undergraduate scholarships this year.

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Pacific Islands Law students claim top honours

Friday 15 July 2016

For members of Otago’s Pacific Island Law Students’ Association (PILSA), the recent semester break presented the opportunity to attend the Pasifika Law and Culture Conference where the Association’s mooting team took top honours.

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The day the All Blacks came to visit

Friday 24 June 2016

When the All Blacks come to visit, best put on the jug. That's what a group of flatmates living on Dunedin's Hyde Street did this week when All Black players Dane Coles, Joe Moody, Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Seta Tamanivalu, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Kieran Read and Sam Cane popped 'round for a cuppa.


The Band goes West

Friday 24 June 2016

Students and staff from across the University have bundled into a van and headed for the West Coast – not only to tour with St Kilda Brass, but to talk about life at the University as well.

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Scrapbook: Capping Show 2016

Thursday 23 June 2016

Otago’s annual Capping Show is as much a beloved element of the Otago event calendar as it is a slightly warped snapshot of student life at the University. Check out photos of this year's production...


University kete now on a stamp

Wednesday 22 June 2016

A kete chosen to feature on a New Zealand stamp released this month was originally commissioned by Otago’s Te Rangi Hiroa college and is on display in its foyer.

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E haka! E poi!

Wednesday 8 June 2016

The annual He Pō Whakangahau concert - held last week at the College of Education Auditorium - showcases what students have learned throughout the semester in MAOR 108 Waiata: Te Tīmatanga, and MAOR 308 Ngā Hakinakina a te Māori.

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Rubber hits the road for entrepreneurial venture

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Otago student Tim Rogers is parlaying his business school know-how into a successful venture shuttling fellow students from flatting areas around Castle Street and North East Valley to the vibrant Octagon and back home again in his Tuk Tuk Taxi.

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Waste not, want not never tasted so good

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Managing food waste may not be a top priority for many university students – some of whom are away from home and learning to cook on their own for the first time. But if a group of Consumer Food Science students have their way, that will soon change.

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A historic victory on a potentially unlucky day

Tuesday 17 May 2016

It may have been Friday the 13th, but the day proved anything but unlucky for Knox College as their team defeated Selwyn College in the annual Knox vs Selwyn rugby match which was a curtain-raiser to Friday night’s Highlanders-Crusaders clash.

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Cancer fundraiser a real close shave

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Nearly a dozen Cumberland College residents and residential assistants took part in Shave for a Cure on Saturday, shaving their heads and helping to raise over $1500 in the fight against cancer.

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Relay for Life returns to campus

Tuesday 19 April 2016

More than 1100 students and staff from across the University took part in the 2016 University of Otago Relay for Life last weekend. Together they raised nearly $70,000 for the Cancer Society and had more than a little fun doing it.

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Otago On Location: Anatomy Museum

Wednesday 13 April 2016

In a new regular series called Otago On Location, we will bring Otago Connection readers behind the scenes of some of the University’s most stunning, unique, historic and amazing spaces…beginning with the WD Trotter Anatomy Museum.

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Have you met? The college leaders series

Thursday 7 April 2016

In the first instalment of what will be a regular feature in Otago Connection, we introduce you to Peter Walker, the Warden at Carrington College.

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Red carpet welcome for young scholars

Monday 28 March 2016

The start of the academic year was made extra special for recipients of some of Otago's most prestigious entrance scholarships with a series of formal events held to celebrate their accomplishments and the awarding of their scholarships.

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2016 Canon scholarships awarded

Friday 18 March 2016

Twenty-one of the University of Otago Business School’s elite undergraduate commerce students have been awarded 2016 Canon Excellence Award and Scholarships.

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From fish to first-year experience

Monday 7 March 2016

The University’s inaugural Director of First-Year Experience, Dr Stephen Scott, has had little downtime during his first few weeks on the job.

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Inward migration has begun

Friday 4 March 2016

As the academic year gets started, thousands of new and returning students have flocked to Dunedin to shift into the flats or colleges they will call home for the year ahead.


O Week 2016 provides warm welcome to students

Thursday 3 March 2016

From start to finish, energy levels ran high throughout Orientation Week as new and returning students were welcomed to Dunedin and treated to all that Otago has to offer in terms of academic support and pastoral care.

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Summer studentships benefit wider community

Friday 19 February 2016

Improving the health of the wider community was the aim of many of the research projects tackled by this year’s University of Otago, Christchurch Summer Students.

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Bringing the world to Otago to study hydrography

Monday 1 February 2016

Late last year, Otago’s School of Surveying offered the inaugural Southern Hemisphere practical hydrographic paper – a course which saw local and international students alike not just hitting the books, but also hitting the waves.