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Otago scoops top science prizes

The New Zealand government has announced the recipients of five Prime Minister’s Science Prizes covering research, teaching and communication.

The highest award, the Prime Minister’s Science Prize, went to a team of housing and health researchers led by Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago. The researchers were awarded 500,000 New Zealand dollars ($388,000) in recognition of their research into the impact of housing technologies and policy on health and quality of life.

“Our team feels very honoured to have won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize,” said Howden-Chapman in a statement. “It’s a fulsome acknowledgement of the work we’ve done over a decade and a half, and recognition for all those people who’ve been involved in citizen science, helping us collect data winter after winter to understand and deal with a really serious problem for New Zealand.”

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