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News from the University of Otago, Wellington

Karere - Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo ki Pōneke

Otago boosts economy by $1.79 billion

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Tuesday 10 May 2022

The University of Otago contributed $1.79 billion in total value added to the New Zealand economy last year, a new report has revealed.

Janet Hoek wins Critic and Conscience award

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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Regulatory loopholes are contributing to increases in the number of young New Zealanders exposed to nicotine through vaping, warns the winner of the 2022 Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

He Kete Kōrero – Autumn 2022

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Friday 22 April 2022

Welcome to the Autumn 2022 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with all the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Summer of research

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Friday 22 April 2022

It was a summer filled with research for 51 students from across the University who took part in the Summer Studentship research programme on the Wellington campus this year.

The price of keeping kids warm at night

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Wednesday 30 March 2022

The cost of heating a child’s bedroom through the night in a Wellington winter would run through 46 per cent of the government’s Winter Energy Payment, which is paid to qualifying beneficiaries and all superannuitants to help with heating costs, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Nitrate levels in drinking water and bowel cancer

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Friday 4 March 2022

The formation of cancer-causing chemicals in the gut could be at the heart of understanding how high levels of nitrate in our drinking water contribute to increasing the risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer, New Zealand researchers say.

Lack of support for women who have early miscarriages, study finds

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Thursday 3 February 2022

Women are not being offered the mental health support they need after experiencing a miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy, despite healthcare workers recognising it as a significant loss, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Reimagining school uniforms

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Thursday 27 January 2022

School uniforms need a radical redesign to better meet the needs of students, particularly for girls, who are often forced to wear uniforms that prevent them from being physically active in their lunch breaks and from cycling to and from school, a public health researcher says.

Addressing inequities in cancer care

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Friday 21 January 2022

Three Otago researchers have secured significant grants for research aimed at addressing the stark inequities in cancer care and survival for Māori and Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Call to report bottled water quality results on labels

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Thursday 13 January 2022

Bottled water is often perceived as clean and free of contaminants compared to tap water, but University of Otago researchers believe water quality results need to be printed on the label.

Discrimination placing LGBTIQ+ people at risk of homelessness

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Tuesday 21 December 2021

Discrimination in the housing market, as well as structural issues such as poverty, racism and instability, are placing Takatāpui and LGBTIQ+ people at higher risk of homelessness, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2021

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Friday 17 December 2021

In this issue we provide an update on our building situation and discuss our preparations for new ways of working across multiple sites in 2022.

Award for science communication for Baker

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Tuesday 14 December 2021

New Zealand’s go-to science communicator on COVID-19, Professor Michael Baker MNZM, has been awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) Cranwell Medal for science communication for 2021.

A marathon year for Wellington PhD Public Health grad

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Friday 10 December 2021

While most people might feel like they deserved a break after completing their PhD, Caroline Fyfe, who graduates in absentia in December with a PhD in Public Health from the University of Otago, Wellington, instead set off to do a 44 kilometre run with a friend up and over the capital city’s steep hills.

Wellington campus celebrates student success

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Thursday 2 December 2021

Wellington campus staff and students gathered together on 19 November for an end of year Hui Whakanui Tauira to celebrate the significant achievements of students over the past year.

Housing researchers win the Rutherford Medal, NZ’s top research honour

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Thursday 18 November 2021

Distinguished Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman CNZM QSO FRSNZ and researchers at the He Kāinga Oranga – Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, have been awarded the 2021 Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

$2.9m HRC funding for Otago

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Monday 15 November 2021

Two Otago researchers have been awarded prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Fellowships in this year’s Health Research Council Career Development Awards.

Māori dished out pills to mask chronic pain, study finds

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Friday 8 October 2021

Māori adults who experience chronic pain are being prescribed painkillers at the expense of best practice treatments and are not being offered referrals to specialists, research from the Māori community health provider, Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust and the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Urgent need to tackle smoking rates in Pacific adults and youth

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Thursday 30 September 2021

New Zealand needs to take urgent action to reduce smoking in Pacific adults and youth if the country is to achieve its goal of reducing the number of smokers to less than five per cent of the population by 2025 according to a new report.

Wellington Activity Passport

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Tuesday 21 September 2021

The pocket-sized Pōneke Puka Mahi passport offers students the chance to tick off 32 of the capital’s best attractions.

A road map to ending diesel vehicle pollution

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Friday 17 September 2021

Researchers have developed a road map to accelerate the removal of light diesel vehicles, including cars, utes and vans, from New Zealand roads in a quest to clear the air.

He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2021

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Have doctor’s bag, will travel 

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Monday 12 July 2021

Dr Jenny Visser has led the postgraduate interdisciplinary travel medicine programme from the Wellington campus since 1999.

New Vice-Chancellor appointed at University of Otago

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Thursday 1 July 2021

The University of Otago announced this morning that Professor David Murdoch will be its next Vice-Chancellor. Professor Murdoch, a distinguished academic and recognised world-leader in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, particularly pneumonia and other respiratory infections, is currently Dean and Head of Campus, University of Otago, Christchurch.

A career that cares for others

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Thursday 17 June 2021

If you ask a young person what their dream career is, it’s not often that you’ll hear the response “Radiation Therapist”.

Shining a light on the shocking state of NZ’s acute mental health units

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Wednesday 16 June 2021

A series published by news and current affairs website Newsroom highlights the findings of a major research project led by Director of the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group Dr Gabrielle Jenkin into the architectural design and social environment of New Zealand’s acute mental health facilities.

$1.64 million for Otago in HRC funding rounds

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Tuesday 1 June 2021

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie says Otago is grateful for HRC’s ongoing support which enables the University to continue its world-leading research.

Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding

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Monday 31 May 2021

Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.

NZ Scientists’ award for Wellington researcher

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Monday 31 May 2021

Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu, the Associate Dean (Pacific) at the University of Otago, Wellington, has won the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) Cranwell Medal for science communication for 2020.