Who are we?

The New Zealand Dental Students’ Association is a non-profit, student-led national body representing all students of the dental field (Dentistry, Oral Health, and Dental Technology).

The NZDSA aims to support and advocate for students, to act as a mediator between the student body and Faculty, and to enrich the student experience at the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry.

Art Competition

This competition is a chance for staff and students alike to showcase their talent (you can't Dent 24/7!), and for us to personalise our new clinical services building with our own artwork.  You can choose whether or not you would like to donate your piece(s) to...

Dent Revue 2018

The 2018 Dent Revue was absolutely lit up by the amazing cast and crew this year. A night filled with laughter - one that won’t be forgotten anytime soon (no one was spared!). The night consisted of amazing music, world class puns, classic videos, and Oscar level...

Ski Trip 2018

All I can say is: what a fun weekend and what an awesome bunch of people! 10-12th August would definitely be the highlight of my final year. We kicked off our adventure with our departure from Dent School at 5.30pm on Friday night. Alexandra’s Subway was clearly...

Dentistry Ball 2018

On the 21st of July was the annual Dentistry Ball - the classier sister to the notorious Dent wine and cheese. This was an event where girls and boys alike proved that dent kids are much more than teeth and blue scrubs hidden by a dusty PPE banana suit. It was a night...

Matagouri – An Introduction by Dental Rep Jared Monk

Matagouri means a lot to many people. To some, it is the wilding shrub often seen shredding your tramping gear while hiking through the eastern parts of the South Island, especially Otago. To others, it is a group of health professional students with a passion for...

Teddy Bear Hospital 2018

This year we once again teamed up with the University of Otago Medical School to put on the Dunedin 2018 Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH). More than 500 toothbrushes and toothpastes, 500 preschool children, hundreds of stickers, smiles and hi-five’s later... This year,...

Cultural Night 2018

Our first ever Cultural Night was a fusion of previous events - the cultural food festival and the famous talent show. We started the evening in the Hunter Centre atrium with delicious creations including leche flan, dumplings, almond croissants, spring rolls, and...

Wine and Cheese 2018

Friday the 23rd of March saw the much anticipated Dentistry Wine and Cheese take place. Dentistry, dental technology, oral health therapy, and post-graduate students came together for the last social event of the first quarter of the year. A fun filled evening, many a...

Dental Orientation 2018

2018 saw the first ever instalment of the Dental Orientation, a soon-to-be annual event welcoming new Dental, Oral Health Therapy, and Dental Technology students to the Faculty. It was an exciting opportunity for our new students to get to know each other, and learn a...

Elderly brush up on dental hygiene

Our students have spent the last few weeks working to increase oral health awareness in long term care facilities. 


We’re passionate about getting invovled in community projects, including working with elderly and pre-school children to improve oral health in our communities.


NZDSA provides support and advocacy for their members.   We also provide input and feedback to faculty on upcoming changes to the curriculum and student welfare.


NZDSA organise several popular events throughout the year, including our annual Wine and Cheese and Ball, and various social sporting teams.

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New Zealand Dental Students’ Association
c/- Otago University Faculty of Dentistry

310 Great King Street, Dunedin North 9016


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