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Is this one the oldest?

Thursday, 20 August 2020 3:49pm

Mystery surrounds which tree is the oldest at our country’s oldest University, but speculation abounds a Ngaio could be hundreds of years old.

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Streaming the sun’s energy with solar

Monday, 25 November 2019 12:11pm

The University of Otago is believed to have more solar panels than any other university in New Zealand – 112 kilowatts-worth.

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Prioritising Operations: University buildings and campuses future

Thursday, 6 June 2019 11:46pm

How will you be affected by the Operations Group’s priorities this year? In the first of a two-part series, find out how the group aims to provide support through its goals for the University’s buildings and campuses.

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Hayward College unveils massive refurbishment

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 4:21pm

Strains of Te Aroha echoed though the refurbished halls of Hayward College as the new-look building was blessed on Friday morning.

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Otago wins prestigious sustainability award

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 2:33pm

The University of Otago has won a prestigious Australasian sustainability award for an initiative that aims to shrink the University’s carbon footprint by a third by 2020 and propel the campus more than halfway towards being zero carbon.

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Bee-themed "pocket park" planned near Physio building

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:33pm

The University of Otago and Dunedin City Council (DCC) are constructing a bee-themed pocket park on Great King Street which will be a new meeting and green space in the central city.

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Over-achieving accessibility aim

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:02am

The University of Otago is aiming to exceed the national accessibility standards by consistently applying its new Design & Facility Standards, Campus Development Division Director David Perry says.

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Charging ahead with fast-chargers

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 12:59pm

A second rapid charger for electric vehicles (EVs) in Dunedin is operating now at Otago – as the University continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.

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Travel smart – with Smart Travel

Thursday, 4 October 2018 8:56pm

Arranging ride shares has just become easier in Dunedin, with a new website and free app to help users find others to share their journey – saving time and money, reducing traffic on busy roads and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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New life for new director

Monday, 17 September 2018 10:09pm

Otago’s new Director of the Property Services Division, Dean Macaulay, has multi-national experience in facilities management, strategic procurement and maintenance planning.

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“Sea change” for departing Property Services Director

Friday, 10 August 2018 9:38pm

Director of Property Services Barry MacKay today closes the door on 17-and-a-half years at Otago – before heading to Perth to take up a new role as Director of Property and Commercial Services at Murdoch University. As he told the Otago Bulletin Board, he and his wife Deidre were ready for a “sea change” – they just didn’t think they would travel so far to find the sea.

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Transformed Business building wins national award

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 1:11pm

The incredible redevelopment that transformed the Otago Business School building has won an Excellence Award in the Education category of the New Zealand Property Council Awards held on Friday night.

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Help us all take care out there this winter

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 10:13am

Who ya gonna call? Someone please! Winter is here so if you spot some hazardous ice, slippery surfaces, piles of leaves flooding drains or badly lit areas, please take action to keep us all safe.

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Finding our new way

Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:29pm

Creating the best experience possible for students and staff on the Dunedin campus has included lowering the speed limit, helping to ensure unauthorised vehicles stay away, and erecting more way-finding signs.

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Business School building finalist in awards

Monday, 7 May 2018 12:32pm

The judges have been and the waiting has begun – the Otago Business School has made the long-list finals of the Property Council of New Zealand Awards, in the Education Facilities category.

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University E-Waste and E-Cycle Centre makes an impact

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 9:33pm

Otago’s E-Waste and E-Cycle centre is saving the University significant money each year, greatly reducing the amount of waste it is sending to landfill, and is also helping community groups gain access to computers.

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Introducing Otago’s new strategic architect

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 2:03pm

Gordon Roy feels like he is trying to solve an enormous Rubik’s Cube – and as the University’s new strategic architect, he likes that.

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Short-term parking soon available on campus

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 2:09pm

The equipment is ready to install so the free parking is coming to an end in the University’s new Albany Street car park.

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Molecular installation gateway to Division of Sciences

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 4:35pm

A 12.5 tonne, three-storey tall steel representation of a molecular network has become the “gateway” to the University of Otago’s Division of Sciences.

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Robots save on time and mess

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 3:23pm

Using two robots, a generator, an extractor fan, and a machine that winds plastic strip into a pipe has cut a six-week job on the Dunedin campus to four days – driven by the Otago Regional Council’s Leith Flood Protection Scheme.