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Otago Connection 2017 Archives


Otago debating successes attract VC grant

Thursday 14 December 2017

The Otago University Debating Society (OUDS) has travel on its collective mind after receiving a generous grant from the Vice Chancellor's Discretionary Fund.


Meet Otago's 2017 Rhodes Scholar, Jean Balchin

Thursday 14 December 2017

The best way to end a year of career highlights is to win one of the most prestigious scholarships in the academic world, and 2017 Oxford Rhodes Scholar Jean Balchin says she can’t wait to get started.


Wave of success for Otago Pacific interns

Monday 27 November 2017

Otago students are riding a wave of success after filling half of the places offered by several government departments backing a 2017 summer internships programme.


Otago pair become UNESCO youth reps

Monday 13 November 2017

The activities of the United Nations can seem distant to us, but two Otago students selected for the NZ National Commission for UNESCO Youth Reference Group (YRG) know it offers plenty of positive ‘on the ground’ opportunities.


Students who entertain at Ross Home are Good Sorts

Friday 10 November 2017

Aquinas College students were in the middle of exams last week- but that didn’t stop a large group heading to Ross Home to entertain the residents, accompanied by OneNews’ Good Sorts programme.


Resident of the year enhances Cumberland community

Monday 6 November 2017

It’s fitting that the inaugural recipient of an award renamed to commemorate former Cumberland College resident Ryan Adamson – a young person who will be remembered for his genuine desire to help others – should go to a similarly community-minded Otago student.


Otago on Location- Botany Department Glasshouses 

Monday 28 August 2017

In Otago On Location, a regular feature in Otago Connection, we bring readers behind the scenes of some of the University’s most stunning, unique, historic and amazing spaces. In this instalment, we show off the hidden gem of the Botany glasshouses.

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"Orange Guy" on campus to encourage voter enrolment

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Students at the Dunedin campus last week were introduced to the real-life version of the Electoral Commission’s infamous “Orange Guy” as he appeared at the university encouraging them to check their voter enrolment status.

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Have you met? The college leaders series

Thursday 17 August 2017

Living in a residential college is an important part of the university experience for many students leaving home for the first time. At Otago, each of our 14 undergraduate residential colleges is supported by a team of individuals whose main priority is to ensure the welfare, enjoyment and overall success of the residents in their care.

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Student volunteers keep up the good work

Tuesday 18 July 2017

St Paul’s Cathedral got a garden makeover last Friday as students from St Margaret’s College and University College volunteered their time to help clear the lawns.

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Scholarship recipients find their way at Otago

Friday 7 July 2017

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.


Toroa chefs take top honours in annual competition

Tuesday 4 July 2017

A pair of first-rate chefs from Toroa College took top honours in the ninth annual University of Otago Residential Chef of the Year Competition held in the Information Services Link last Thursday evening.

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Responsible leadership challenge

Friday 2 June 2017

A team fundraising competition for commerce students taking the Developing Responsible Leadership paper through the University of Otago Business School’s Department of Management has seen the Dunedin Night Shelter benefit by over $5,000.


Campus Watch promotes fire safety

Tuesday 30 May 2017

The number of fires in the student area is well down this year and the Proctor’s Office is ramping up its efforts to stamp them out altogether – while also reminding students to check their smoke alarm batteries.

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Otago students put Te Anau under the microscope

Friday 19 May 2017

The big issues facing Te Anau's future made for prime research for a group of University of Otago geography students, who visited the town earlier this month to interview locals and tourists alike.

The big issues facing Te Anau's future made for prime research for a group of University of Otago geography students, who visited the town earlier this month to interview locals and tourists alike. - See more at:
The big issues facing Te Anau's future made for prime research for a group of University of Otago geography students, who visited the town earlier this month to interview locals and tourists alike. - See more at:

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Welcome warm, soup hot, day not...

Friday 19 May 2017

Hot pumpkin soup was the right fare for a “catch-up” event for alumni-supported scholarship recipients, held at the Dunedin campus’s Staff Club on a chilly Wednesday this week.

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Finn finding his way at Otago

Tuesday 9 May 2017

It’s a very long way from Finland to Otago, but Luca Karjalainen is constantly surprised by how easy it is to fit into the Dunedin student lifestyle.


Gratitude highlighted in 2017 Anzac Day service

Thursday 27 April 2017

Three students delivered extremely moving speeches at the University of Otago Students’ Association (OUSA) Anzac Day commemorations held on Tuesday on the Dunedin campus – honouring those who have fought in wars and celebrating peace.

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Students take on relay

Tuesday 11 April 2017

The threat of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 54 teams – nearly 1,000 participants – that took part in this year’s Relay for Life on Friday night. Collectively they raised nearly $99,000 for the Cancer Society with that tally still rising.

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Otago On Location: Allen Hall Theatre

Friday 7 April 2017

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 Allen Hall Theatre.

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Halberg fundraiser walks South Island end-to-end

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Otago Surveying student Luke Johnson combined his love for the mountains with his admiration for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and walked the South Island’s rugged length last summer, fundraising over $2,000.

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2017 Canon scholarships awarded

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Twenty four elite undergraduate commerce students from the University of Otago Business School have been awarded Canon Excellence Award Scholarships.

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Otago welcomes scholarship stars

Monday 3 April 2017

Hundreds of Otago entrance scholarship recipients were recently honoured at a series of formal events held to celebrate their accomplishments and to officially welcome them to the University.

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Almost one year on, Proctor reflects

Thursday 30 March 2017

Stepping into his role as University Proctor in May of last year, Mr Dave Scott knew he was entering a world very different from the New Zealand Police he’d served for over two decades. Nearly a year into the job, he is relishing his role and putting his own stamp on a position nearly half a century in the making at Otago.

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Luminaries inspire at Knox chats

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Stimulating Sunday evening conversation can be found at Otago’s Knox College student residence, with an after-dinner speaker series that, throughout the course of the semester, sees Knox Master Graham Redding interview five notable guests. First up was Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, who spoke at the College on Sunday evening.

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Ebooks boost students’ portfolio

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Fourteen free ebooks authored by Master of Science Communication students about scientific aspects of different national parks are being made available in 51 countries, with plans for more publications to come.

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Students living up to literary reputation

Monday 13 March 2017

With Dunedin’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature and its well-known legacy in publishing, it should come as no surprise that a group of Otago students have joined forces to produce their own literary publication: The Scribbler.

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Otago student swaps books for nature

Friday 10 March 2017

Law/Chemistry student Bokyong Mun is among five Otago students to win Blake Ambassador Awards as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Blake Ambassador programme. For Bokyong, the ambassadorship was an opportunity to throw herself into the unknown and participate in one of the longest running seabird projects in New Zealand.

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Locals welcomed to campus

Thursday 23 February 2017

Getting to know your fellow locals was the name of the game at last week’s Welcome Event for first-year local students.

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Are You OK? volunteers out in force

Wednesday 22 February 2017

From the annual OUSA toga party to concerts throughout the year and even the Hyde Street Keg Party, like an orange-shirted army, Are You OK? (RUOK?) volunteers will be there looking out for their fellow students and helping ensure everyone has a fun and safe experience.