University of Otago Researchers Criticise Government’s Tobacco Strategy

Posted 11:02am Sunday 9th July 2017

University of Otago scientists from the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³) have published research in the international journal Tobacco Control last month advocating various tobacco endgame strategies. This follows a 2011 announcement, Read more...

Otago Scientist leads New Zealand Study in Opioid Addiction Recovery

Posted 10:38am Sunday 28th May 2017

An Otago Medical Anthropologist, Dr Geoff Noller, has conducted a study in New Zealand into the controversial use of ibogaine in treating opioid dependency. Ibogaine is a plant-alkaloid derived psychoactive substance. It has been toted as an alternative medicine treatment for drug addiction, Read more...

‘Love Another Mother’ Campaign Begins, Helping Dunedin’s Vulnerable Women

Posted 10:49am Sunday 14th May 2017

Te Roopū Pūtaiao (TRP), the University of Otago Māori Science Students’ Association, has expanded their  ‘Love Another Mother’ volunteer initiative, which is aimed at giving gifts to vulnerable women in the Ōtepoti community for Mother’s Day. The Read more...

National Drafts New Law Following Landmark $2 billion Pay Equity Settlement

Posted 11:24am Sunday 7th May 2017

The National Party has announced that they are currently drafting legislation to overhaul the pay equity laws. The new law will provide a non-judicial framework for pay equity claims and narrow the current ‘comparator’ process. Under the current Equal Pay Act 1972, employees must find Read more...

Protestors March Against Construction of Animal Testing Facility

Posted 10:31am Sunday 30th April 2017

A recent protest on University of Otago grounds saw more than 70 people voicing opposition to the construction of an animal testing facility on Great King Street.Headed by the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS), and supported by several national and international organisations, the protest Read more...

Former OUSA President Creates Community Project On Albany St, All Welcome

Posted 11:21am Sunday 9th April 2017

Former OUSA President 1979-1980, and local activist, Paul ‘ the Governor’ Gourlie is preparing to launch a community project intended to teach entrepreneurship and tether stronger relations between the town (Dunedin City) and the gown (Otago University). ‘Aotea Peace Read more...

Flaws in Funding Model Incentivises Research Over Teaching, Report Claims

Posted 10:35am Sunday 2nd April 2017

A report published by the Productivity Commission on tertiary education last week has highlighted that the current funding model incentivises research over teaching.  It claims that both the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) and international rankings systems encourage tertiary Read more...

Wellington Students Protest NZ Rape Culture

Posted 10:32am Sunday 19th March 2017

A protest set up by three Wellington high schools against New Zealand rape culture saw hundreds march from Parliament to Civic Square in Wellington last Monday.  The protest comes as a result of offensive comments made recently by high school students at Wellington College surfaced on Read more...


Posted 1:21pm Sunday 12th March 2017

Murakami is known for writing more similar to a corporealized acid trip than contemporary fiction. In 1Q84 (one-q-eighty-four) surrealism and dystopia combine to fuel a fustercluck equal parts modern love and old-fashioned vengeance set against the backdrop of Tokyo. In maintaining the thematic Read more...

Preloading Pressing Issue for Dunedin Police

Posted 11:33am Sunday 12th March 2017

Information released under the Official Information Act last week has highlighted the effect pre-drinking is having on Southerners.  The Alco-Link data reveals that the majority of intoxicated offenders are drinking at home before going out, raising questions about the relationship between Read more...

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