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The potential to be the next generation of leaders

Every year the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) brings together students from across the country who have potential to be the next generation of leaders for the Voices of the Future (VOTF) conference.

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Students shine in FAME awards

The high calibre of entries from the University of Otago has led to two School of Performing Arts students being awarded $10,000 FAME Emerging Practitioner Awards.

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Ones to Watch: Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe

“Sleep doesn’t happen often” laughs third-year student Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe as he reflects on what has been a busy year so far with many achievements.

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Students shave for a cause

This year, ten students took on the Shave for a Cure campaign, saying goodbye to their locks and raising more than $18,000.

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Helping each other PASS

Peer Learning Programmes such as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Peer Assisted Numeracy (PAN) are weekly interactive study sessions aimed at supporting student success, facilitated by second or third-year students. The programmes are offered through the Student Learning Development, part of the University’s Higher Education Development Centre.

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Charities and lockdown

Charities and small organisations can face challenges at the best of times but during a pandemic further obstacles can present in a multitude of ways.

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Māori leadership is crucial in Kiwi business

Māori leadership is a crucial aspect for the future of any kiwi business. For the Otago School of Business, this is the reason a new programme which aims to develop leadership skills in promising Māori students has been developed.

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Recognising sporting, cultural and community achievements

The Blues and Golds Awards are an annual event of significance in recognising sporting, cultural and community achievements. This years ceremony looked a little different under Alert Level 2 guidelines, but they definitely weren’t any less exciting.

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Student-led te reo Māori classes popular with peers

An eight-week te reo Māori class for medical students, set up by fellow students, was so popular it will be repeated in future years. The organisers explain how Te Reo Kia Ora sessions at the Hunter Centre began, the philosophy behind the classes and their hopes for the future.

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Ones to Watch: Indira Fernando

Just by being here as a sick, queer, woman of colour I make it easier for other people. This is what I would say to other students from minority backgrounds who want to pursue studies here.”

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Football team makes history

The Otago University Football Club recently made history as the first Otago team to progress to the quarter final of the Chatham Cup.

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International students affected by COVID-19 restrictions return

While New Zealand’s borders are still closed the government has accepted the return of a few current international students whose studies have been affected by border restrictions. This has allowed for a few Otago students from China to return to their studies in-person after completing 14 days in MIQ.