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Chemistry researcher awarded medal

Innovative chemistry researcher Prof Sally Brooker has been awarded the University of Otago's highest research distinction, the Distinguished Research Medal.

'Constructive' meeting with ACC Minister

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye yesterday met Acclaim Otago representatives, after a major report, released by the ACC claimant support group last week, said many injured New Zealanders faced ''serious barriers'' to justice.

Police prosecutor glad to be admitted to the Bar

Police prosecutor glad to be admitted to the Bar

Plenty of 5am study sessions and more work at home over the weekends have been part of a busy life for Dunedin police prosecutor Sergeant Kate Saxton over the past 10 months.

Hotfooting it

Hotfooting it

Kieran Black (9), of Dunedin, Christchurch physicist Dr John Campbell (72) and student Alex Caulton (20) step quickly across glowing charcoal embers during a firewalking demonstration at the University of Otago last night.

New insights on Ross Ice Shelf

New insights on Ross Ice Shelf

Studying colourful images of an exotic form of Antarctic ice is helping a University of Otago-led research team gain new insights into the health of the Ross Ice Shelf.

Design students present alternatives

Design students present alternatives

University of Otago design students are urging the university to heed their concerns about proposals to ''axe'' university design studies and have suggested two alternatives that might allow the discipline to continue.

Gold Card pressures frustrate

Gold Card pressures frustrate

Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead is ''mighty frustrated'' over budget pressures arising from the Government's Gold Card free bus transport scheme.

ACC study 'wake-up call'

ACC study 'wake-up call'

A big Dunedin study of recent ACC court appeals is a ''wake-up call'' for New Zealand to live up to its international obligations on the rights of people with disabilities, says Peter Sara, a Dunedin lawyer who has been dealing with ACC cases for more than 30 years.

Barriers to ACC justice

People challenging accident compensation decisions in court often fail to get proper access to legal information, evidence or experienced lawyers, and feel they are not being heard.

Successful but hearing 'stressful'

Successful but hearing 'stressful'

Dunedin ACC claimant Dr Denise Powell found the experience of representing herself at an ACC review hearing ''stressful'' but was successful in her claim.