Welcome to the latest edition of @Otago, your University of Otago alumni and friends newsletter..
O26 Pearl Matahiki
Pearl Matahiki leaving the helm of the Māori Centre

Helping tauira Māori through their tertiary studies has been a nearly two-decade journey for Pearl Matahiki (Ngāti Porou) who has retired from her role as Manager of Te Huka Mātauraka.(647kb pdf)
O26 Motion Sickness team
Creative disrupters keeping it real

Otago alumni are the creative force behind the government’s ground-breaking public awareness campaign about online safety, deftly using humour as a courier for a serious message. (366kb pdf)
O26 Professor Harlene Hayne
Nurturing the next generation of citizens

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne extends a farewell to all alumni, and speaks of the challenges of the past year and her pride in Otago’s staff and students.(364kb pdf)
O26 Jonathan Lemalu
Your Story - Happy to be home and planning a concert tour

After leaving quarantine on 14 February, international opera star Jonathan Lemalu and his family have been busy settling into life in Dunedin, and Jonathan is in the process of planning a national concert tour.

Read more (461kb pdf)
O26 Networks and Events
Networks & events

Despite many events being cancelled due to lockdowns, the University and the Development and Alumni Relations Office have successfully hosted several events during the first quarter of 2021, including the recent opening of the Auckland Dental Facility.

Networks & events (1.7Mb pdf)
O26 Making a Difference
Remembering Sophia

The Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship has touched the hearts of many, and the generous response to the fund has meant the first scholarship was able to be awarded in March this year and fundraising for a second is well advanced.

Remembering Sophia (121kb pdf)
O26 Supporting Otago
Supporting Otago

A generous $3 million gift from distinguished neurologist and Otago alumnus Dr Elman Poole will expand horizons for southern students and postgraduates

Supporting Otago (360kb pdf)
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.

Lecture hot picks (122kb pdf)

Upcoming 2021 Reunions and Events

For more details on upcoming reunions visit our alumni events calendar, information will be updated as it becomes available. Email reunions.alumni@otago.ac.nz if you are interested in organising a reunion for your class.
Return to the Gardies Medical class of 1971 reunion
Home Science first year class of 1970 Salmond College reunion
O26 Why we heart Otago
Why We Otago

Members of the Dental Class of 1980 celebrated their COVID-delayed 40th anniversary reunion by revisiting old haunts, including the transformed Faculty of Dentistry’s Walsh Building.

Why We Otago (525kb pdf)
O26 Otago Images
Otago images

Featuring the new mural at the Dental School and images from the School through the ages.

Otago images (1.4Mb pdf)
O26 20twenties nominations
20Twenties nominations

After the success of our inaugural Young Alumni Awards the 20Twenties, we invite you to consider nominating a young alumnus or alumna who has made a positive impact in their community or wider through their leadership, innovation, determination, or research.
Alumni book club

Members of the University of Otago Alumni book club had the opportunity to join a webinar to meet the author of “The Vanishing Half” Brit Bennett.

Our current book is “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig.
O26 Alumni in the news
Alumni in the News
Professor Carole McArthur's study detailing the discovery of a group of people whose bodies naturally control HIV.
Vintner Ewing Stevens proves age is no barrier to using cutting edge technology to manage his crop.
Alumnus Waiariki Parata-Taiapa, in collaboration with Otago staff, wrote a new haka performed by the Highlanders.
Recent graduate Shaun Rooney shines on the cricket pitch.

Alumni in the news (248kb pdf)
O26 Steve Martin quote
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