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Sciences Outreach

Steve Broni, Director, Science Academy (OUASSA)

Steve Broni

Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology (Marine Biology) from University of Glasgow and Masters in Marine Ornithology from University of Cape Town and joined the Division of Sciences in 2010 to establish the Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA) and has a passion for science education and communication.

Prior to establishing OUASSA, Steve was an Educator with the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and stand-in Course co-ordinator for the University of Otago Diploma of Wildlife Management.

Prior to joining the University Steve was Education/Public Awareness Officer for the Department of Conservation in Otago for 15 years. Steve has also worked as a wildlife tour guide, is an internationally qualified Interpretive tour guide and trainer and popular public speaker. He has worked widely overseas in Alaska, Australia, South Africa and Falkland Islands and was a member of the In the Footsteps of Scott Antarctic Expedition 1984-86. Steve is also chairman of the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust.


Stephen Broni
Director, Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA)
Tel +64 3 479 9204

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Petrina Duncan, Science Teaching Co-ordinator, Science Academy (OUASSA)

Petrina Duncan 2020 image

Petrina Duncan joined the Science Academy in January 2020. She studied Science at Otago University, gaining a Master of Science in Zoology in 2000. In the following years, her varied work experience has included conservation work in both NZ and Australia, teaching science and biology in rural schools and guiding on hiking trails.

During 2020, Petrina studied part-time to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication. She enjoys being involved in science outreach because it provides the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for biology with Year 13 science students based in rural, small and/or low decile schools. These students are empowered to extend their science learning and experience university life within a well-supported framework.


Petrina Duncan
PGDipTchg MSc
Science Teaching Co-ordinator, Otago University Science Academy (OUASSA)
Tel +64 3 470 3496

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Amanda Taia, Coordinator: Pacific Outreach Programme for Sciences (POPS)

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Amanda joined the Sciences Pacific Support and Strategy team in 2018 to develop and deliver a series of science outreach programmes designed to engage Pacific Island youth, and their communities, with future science options.


Amanda Taia
Coordinator: Pacific Outreach Programme for Sciences (POPS)
Mob +64 21 279 9268
Room 108a (upstairs), Union Court
85 Union Place West

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