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University of Otago Issue 54

University of Otago Magazine:
issue 54

Suzanne Pitama and Joanne Baxter Landmark wahine Māori leadership
Professors Suzanne Pitama and Joanne Baxter on being the first wahine Māori leaders in two pivotal Otago roles.


Kurt Krause and Greg Cook in lab-cover image

Helping cure TB

Otago scientists are contributing to cutting-edge research which could transform the treatment of TB.

David Murdoch standing outside on campus-cover image

Taking the helm

Professor David Murdoch is no stranger to adventure – and now he embarks on a big one, as the University of Otago’s new Vice-Chancellor.

View from above of a whale in the ocean-cover image

Whale watch

Otago researchers are expanding a long-running project on Kaikōura parāoa to include parāoa populations found in Otago and Northland.

Four Six60 scholarship winners together outside of the Six60 house-cover image

Six60 scholars

Four aspiring artists are settling into a dream year at the University – taking up Six60 scholarships and calling 660 Castle Street home.

Anna Marsh beside a table-cover image

From exchange student to CEO

Anna Marsh went to France as a University of Otago exchange student and ended up running one of Europe’s largest media companies.

Royden Somerville and Stephen Higg-cover image

Changing chancellor

We welcome new Chancellor Stephen Higgs and farewell Dr Royden Somerville QC, discovering the pair have plenty in common.

Olivia Harrison smiling-cover image

Easing anxiety

As rates of anxiety increase worldwide, a new study from Dr Olivia Harrison may hold the key to understanding anxiety better – from the inside out.

Marut Ungor standing outside-cover image


Otago economist Dr Murat Üngör explains the impacts of COVID-19 on the local and global economy, and examines the implications for New Zealanders.

Reuben Paterson artwork-cover image

Hocken legacy

The works of three significant contemporary Māori artists have been added to the University of Otago’s Hocken Collections.

Jamie Gilbertson outside riding a bike-cover image


Well-loved College Warden Jamie Gilbertson on his Otago journey and retirement.

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