Some redundancies among AgResearch scientists seem likely after a call for voluntary severances at the Invermay Agricultural Centre, Dunedin, and elsewhere in the country gained insufficient offers.
A leader Dunedin lichen researcher, Dr David Galloway, has been awarded the prestigious Acharius Medal by the International Association of Lichenology.
Visitor numbers are continuing to soar at the Otago Museum's tropical forest, with more than 160,000 people taking a close look at the museum's tropical butterflies in the forest's first year.
Young Maori achievers from secondary schools throughout Otago have been recognised in a ceremony at the University of Otago College of Education Auditorium, Dunedin.
Otago Museum staff are likely to stop authenticating historic treasures brought in by members of the public if a funding dispute with a government department is not settled by the end of the month.
University of Otago student Andrew Haines has received a Woolf Fisher scholarship to support research at Cambridge University into revolutionary new materials that might make possible a Harry Potter-esque "invisibility cloak".
Approval for clinical trials involving the injection of pig cells into patients with diabetes partly reflects improved consultation with the community on biotechnology issues, according to Prof Jean Fleming, of the University of Otago.
New Zealand researchers have won international recognition for helping uncover a mechanism believed to have been important in the formation of the universe after the Big Bang.
The next United States president faces a big challenge to restore international leadership in the "political battle of ideas" after a recent decline in America's reputation abroad, University of Otago Prof Robert Patman says.
Climate change could exacerbate some of New Zealand's coastal erosion problems, Environment Court Judge Shonagh Kenderdine said yesterday.
Gaining the top undergraduate teaching award from the University of Otago Medical Sshool has come as "quite a surprise" for neurologist and rehabilitation physician Dr Vic du Plessis.
The University of Otago has appointed Dr Andrew Bradstock as the first holder of the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues.
Hard-pressed parents cannot take all of the responsibility for preventing their children from becoming overweight, a Ministry of Health programme manager, Cynthia Maling, said in Dunedin yesterday.
AgResearch staff in Dunedin and elsewhere in the country were feeling "anxiety and uncertainty" after the Crown Research Institute announced it was seeking voluntary severances, PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said.
Otago Community Hospice organisers are "absolutely elated" after more than $54,000 was raised in Friday's annual street appeal, well up on the $41,000 raised last year.
Better weather and a "marvellous" response from the public meant that yesterday's Otago Community Hospice street appeal was likely to raise significantly more than last year's, organisers said.
The $71 million devoted to the Tertiary Education Commission could be better spent on other tertiary education needs, National Party Dunedin South candidate Dr Conway Powell says.
Workers at the Otago Settlers Museum redevelopment site have this week provided a tantalising glimpse into Dunedin's "railway station that was never built".
About 100 tertiary student delegates from throughout the country will attend the New Zealand Union of Students Associations latest national conference, which opens tomorrow at the Otago Polytechnic campus in Dunedin.