This is the leader team from 2016 feel free to browse and learn about some past leaders! 2017 leader team is coming soon!. These are second/third year students who can help you out during your first year with queries about academic, student support services, events and general information about life at the University of Otago. Feel free to send them an email or say hello when you see them about campus or up at Locals HQ.

Matthew Smith
Hi guys i'm Matthew, i will be a leader in the Locals programme for 2017. I was born in Dunedin, grew up in a mixture between the Caitlins and Dunedin and i am now in my 3rd year of Bachelor of Science with a double major in Geography and Geology. I found the Locals Programme to be one of my highlights in my first year and i am really looking forward to meeting you all and helping you adjust to the uni lifestyle!!!!
Mikaela Roswell
Hey guys, i'm Mikaela. I'm originally from Christchurch, but this will be my second year in Dunedin! I'm currently doing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and minoring Business Management - which i didn't start off doing in my first year, so don't worry if you change your mind! I'm looking forward to making your first year at Uni as enjoyable as mine was!
Rosie Sullivan
Hi everyone, i'm Rosie. I'm in the third year of my BSc Majoring in Genetics. This is my third year with the Locals Programme, i was a leader last year and a first year in the programme in 2015. Locals helped me meet a lot of cool people in my first year in the as well as in my second year as a leader. I can't wait to have another awesome year with a new bunch of people. Looking forward to meeting you all this year!
Alex McKirdy
Hey, i'm Alex, third year Computer Science student from Wellington. I spent my first year studying at Massey, visited Dunedin on a road trip, and loved it here so much i never left. The Locals Programme has been a phenomenal part of my time at Otago - here's to another year of study, socialising and antics in Locals HQ, and beyond.
Kacy Cosgrove
Hi Guys! Bonjour! Nihao! I'm Kacy and i am one of the leaders for the programme in 2017. I was born in Auckland and lived overseas in Singapore for a large portion of my life, i then spent my high school years at good old Kavanagh College here in Dunedin. I am now in my 3rd year of a 4 year Bachelor of Arts and Science degree majoring in Chemistry and Chinese. I'm looking forward to helping all the first years transition into Uni life and have fun doing so.
Henry Mullen
Hey everyone, I'm Henry and I'm a leader in the programme for 2017. I've lived in Dunedin all my life and am currently in my second year of a BSc majoring in Psychology with a Statistics minor. Locals definitely enriched my first-year experience and i look forward to being involved with it in 2017!
Percy Zhang
Hey everyone, my name is Percy and i am a leader in the locals programme in 2017. I was born in China and came to Dunedin 4 years ago. I am now on my 2nd year of my Bachelor of Science majoring in Genetics. I'm looking forward to making 2017 fun, enjoyable and a good experience for all locals first year students.
Claire McKay
Hey, I'm Claire and I am a leader for the locals program in 2017. I was born and raised on the West Coast and fortunately moved to Dunedin to Study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminology. Locals not only gave me a comfortable place to study, but also a great group of friends that I hope to carry with me throughout my remaining years here at Otago and long after. I'm looking forward to accompanying you on your journey through your first year at university!!
Anastasia Manza
Hey everyone, I'm Anastasia and I'm a leader for the locals program 2017. I'm from Dunedin and am in my second year, studying a BA majoring in Media and film Communication. I'd definitely recommend locals to all of you who are looking for friends or are wanting to get good grades here at Uni. Locals really helped me socially and academically, so It's awesome to see that you too will reap the benefits.
Deborah Kim
Hey guys, my name is Deborah (Deb, Debs, Debbie etc.), and I'm one of your Locals leaders for 2017. I was born in South Korea and raised in the Philippines for 15 years (I know how to speak kunting Tagalog so fellow Pinoys out there hit me up), and am now enjoying my second year of university life at the University of Otago, currently double-majoring in BSc: Neuroscience and Psychology. The Locals programme definitely enhanced and enlivened my university experience. It provided my once boring fresher life with amazing people, peers and mentors, as well as a friendly and warm place for this lonely International student to call home. I hope you guys will find a rad family here like I did :) Welcome to Locals!
Bryn Massey
Hey everyone, my name is Bryn and i am the a leader for the program in 2017. I was born in Australia and grew up all over Otago . Im in my 3rd year of a Bachelor of Music, and my first year of a BSc in Comp Sci. This year is going to be awesome and I cant wait to hang out with you all!