Otago Polytechnic

A broad range of passionate graduates were recognised at Otago Polytechnic’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The awards ceremony, held at Manaaki on Friday 17 May, featured nine nominees, including award-winning, internationally recognised artist Michel Tuffery, Olympic and Commonwealth Games triathlete Tony Dodds, and Black Ferns rugby player Phillipa (Pip) Love.

Otago Community Hospice Chief Executive Ginny Green was also honoured, along with fellow public health executives Heather Casey (Director of Nursing – Mental Health and Addictions, Southern District Health Board) and Kaye Cheetham (Director of Allied Health, SDHB).

Previous winners of Distinguished Alumni Awards include visionary McDonald’s franchise owner Justin Stonelake, and New Zealand sports representatives Kelly Brazier (Rugby Sevens), Holly Robinson (Javelin), and DJ Forbes (Rugby Sevens).

Otago Polytechnic’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients:

Heather Casey, Diploma in Nursing (1992), Director of Nursing – Mental Health and Addictions, Southern District Health Board

Kaye Cheetham, Diploma in Occupational Therapy (1993), Post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice (2003), Director of Allied Health, Southern District Health Board

Tony Dodds, Diploma in Sporting Performance (2006), Triathlete

Ginny Green, Diploma in Nursing (1991), Chief Executive Officer, Otago Community Hospice

Phillipa (Pip) Love, Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning (Level 7) (2013), Strength and Conditioning Coach, Rugby Player

Lorraine Ritchie, Diploma in Nursing (1987), Nurse Consultant, SDHB (part time), Professional Practice Fellow, University of Otago

Michel Tuffery, Diploma in Fine Arts (Hons) majoring in printmaking (1988), Master of Fine Arts (Honorary) (2014), Artist, Tuffery Art Management

Mike Waddell, NZ Certificate in Engineering (1983), Advanced Trade Certificate (Fitting and Turning) (1974), Director External Relations, Communications and Marketing, Otago Polytechnic

Thomas Wynne, Bachelor of Social Services (Counselling) (2018), Media Advisor to the Cook Islands Prime Minister


Published on 23 May 2019

Orderdate: 23 May 2019
Expiry: 30 Apr 2020