Dunedin civic authorities and community groups should "mobilise" to counter the country's soaring winter death rates by improving home insulation and maintenance, housing researcher Prof Philippa Howden-Chapman says.
People with a common genetic variation face a "double whammy''- being more likely to become addicted to smoking and also more likely to contract lung cancer or arterial disease, an international study shows.
Some residents have voiced concern the quiet environment in Hobson St, St Clair, will be adversely affected by proposals to establish a 60-child early childhood learning centre there.
University of Otago academics are keeping their feet on the ground despite winning Otago University awards for teaching excellence.
Fonterra plans to close its Dunedin milk tanker depot in Donald St, with the potential loss of nine more jobs in the city.
An unusual ceremony has highlighted the high international standing of archaeologists at the University of Otago anthropology department.
Some residents are concerned about an early childhood learning centre proposed for a quiet St Clair street, but proponents say the centre will be a good neighbour and have only minor effects.
When discussing the road toll, southern region coroner David Crerar strongly dislikes the term "road accident".
About 2000 people, mainly high school pupils, flocked to the first day of an annual careers expo at the Dunedin Centre yesterday.
The University of Otago has won praise from Association of University Staff vice-president Maori Dr Fiona Te Momo for its efforts to develop "positive treaty partnerships" with Maori tribal groups.
Dr Paul Tapsell, a former senior manager at the Auckland Museum, has been appointed to a professorship in Maori studies at the University of Otago.
The "exceptional relationship" between the University of Otago and its local community has been threatened at times by disorderly behaviour by a small minority of students, university vice-chancellor Prof David Skegg says.
Graduating from the University of Otago with a master of music degree and singing a Handel aria at the graduation ceremony were special moments for prize-winning mezzo soprano Claire Barton at the weekend.
Award-winning poet Cilla McQueen has urged University of Otago graduates to help look after our "beautiful golden goose of a world".
Dr Richard Webby (right) works with his mentor, fellow University of Otago graduate and world authority on bird flu Prof Robert Webster, at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2003.Photo: Supplied. One highly-respected University of Otago microbiology graduate has been replaced by another as director of a World Health Organisation (WHO) laboratory co-ordinating international efforts to counter bird and animal flu viruses.
Setting domestic tuition fees earlier in the year could result in higher fees, University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof David Skegg says.
The University of Otago is "disappointed and perplexed" over the Tertiary Education Commission's failure to select Otago as the host for any of its Centres of Research Excellence
Fungal fever is hitting the greater Dunedin area this week with 45 fungus enthusiasts converging there to undertake the 22nd annual "New Zealand Fungal Foray".
Scientists are using satellite-linked monitoring equipment to gain insights into the mysterious offshore foraging behaviour of New Zealand sea lions which breed on the Otago Peninsula.
Police are investigating an assault at the Otago Museum Reserve, Dunedin, on Thursday night which resulted in two men requiring hospital treatment for their injuries, including multiple fractures and concussion. The two men were walking through the reserve about 10.15pm when they were approached by three males who were unknown to them, police said.