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The impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt profoundly around the world. We are thinking of all our alumni, family and friends who are affected and are facing unprecedented challenges. Here in New Zealand, the University aims to keep its staff, students and communities safe and well, and is following Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education advice. Otago has a global community of alumni, and our thoughts are with you all. Please stay connected and support others where you can. We will be in touch again soon, including with the first 2020 edition of the Otago Magazine.

Shelagh Murray,
Director, Development and Alumni Relations Office

(For updates on the current situation at Otago, please visit our website)
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Fighting fires and building resilience

Otago alumna and Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) Deputy Chief Officer Dr Stephanie Rotarangi has been helping lead the firefighting effort during the bushfire season in Australia. (139kb)

New Performing Arts Centre opens its doors

Take a fly-through to see what our new Music, Theatre and Performing Arts Centre will look like. Then catch up with one of our award-winning music graduates, conductor Holly Mathieson. (403kb)

Dame Margaret Sparrow and Mary Jerram AM

Dame Margaret Sparrow was named Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year. Mary Jerram talks about being the first woman to hold the post of State Coroner for NSW, Australia. (412kb)


Your Story - Remembering the TSS Maheno

Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Otago alumnus Professor Mike Morgan, has been involved with efforts to commemorate the New Zealand WW1 hospital ship the TSS Maheno.

Read more (833kb)


Young Alumni Awards

Many of our young alumni have and are achieving amazing things in their personal and professional lives.

This year the University of Otago wants to recognise 20 of these young alumni. Alumni, who still in their twenties, are making incredible impacts across their communities.

We invite you to identify those you know who you think would be worthy of such an award.

Proposed reunions
Dates and details to be confirmed in coming months

Aug Dental Class of 1980 reunion
28~30 Taking place in Dunedin.
Oct Dental Class of 1970 reunion
01~04 Taking place in Dunedin.
Oct Medical Class of 1980 reunion
Taking place in Dunedin.
Oct PhysEd Class of 1980 reunion
23~25 Taking Place in Dunedin.
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Networks & events

View galleries from alumni events that have taken place in 2020.

We love staying in touch with all our alumni, but for the moment our events are unfortunately postponed. However we look forward to staying in touch through online communications.

Networks & events (555kb)

Lecture hot picks

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Lecture Hot Picks.

You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of lectures from Otago academics and visiting lecturers.

Check them out here (103kb)


Making a difference - Alumni scholarships

A warm welcome was extended to all our new alumni scholarship students by senior academic and professional staff at a function at the beginning of March.

Making a difference - scholarships (525kb)


Alumni in the news

- Carl Shuker, Ockham NZ Book Awards
- Kendall Flutey and Professor Gavaghan
- Robert Burns Fellow Emily Duncan
- Coronavirus breakthrough
- Bridget Unsworth joins TracPlus board
- New Year Honours 2020

Alumni in the news (164kb)

Upcoming alumni events

28 Mar Dunedin - Postponed
17 Apr Wellington - Postponed
23 Apr Brisbane - Postponed
28 Apr Sydney - Postponed
30 Apr Melbourne - Postponed
29 May Auckland - TBC
25 Jun London
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Otago Images

The second Clocktower lawn picnic took place on a sunny January afternoon.

Emeritus Professor Fred Fastier celebrated his 100th birthday at the University Staff Club in March.

Otago Images (1,752kb)

Why We Otago

Inspirational Otago alumni feature in a new video series about Kiwis who have achieved success in their fields in the UK.

The eight-part series, Dream Catchers, is written and produced by former Lotto NZ host Hilary Timmins.

Why We ♥ Otago – Dream Catchers (189kb)

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Development and Alumni Relations Office  –  64 3 479 4516  –  PO Box 56, Dunedin, 9054