Month: November 2016

Million Dollar Mouse protects world heritage

A major pest control operation that has required three years of planning is underway in the Antipodes Island, one of the Sub-Antarctic Islands UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Called ‘Million Dollar Mouse’, the project is one of the most complex island eradication operations ever attempted by the Department of Conservation (DOC). It has faced a number… Read more »

Vicki Soanes appointed Secretary General

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce Vicki Soanes’ appointment to the position of Secretary General. Vicki has been Acting Secretary General for the past nine months. She was originally recruited to the Secretariat six years ago as the Programme Officer for education and youth. During that time Vicki has led a… Read more »

Meet our new Natural Science Commissioner, Geoff Hicks

Dr Geoff Hicks replaced Dr Bob Frame as National Commissioner for Natural Science on 13 November. Geoff recently retired from the role of Chief Scientist at the Department of Conservation where he led and advised on the development of a long-term strategic agenda for research and managed the department’s science relationships and investment activities. Trained… Read more »

Meet our new Chair, Robyn Baker

Robyn Baker’s career has been in the field of education where she has contributed as a teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, teacher educator and leader. She was the Director and CEO of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research from 2000 to 2014. As a science educator Robyn has been involved in many national developments, including… Read more »

Teacher’s Choice award for Beeby Fellowship resource

Recent Beeby Fellow Dr Caroline Yoon received the Teacher’s Choice for Best Resource in Secondary at the New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards on 24 November, along with a resource about the Treaty of Waitangi. Dr Yoon, who is an associate professor at the University of Auckland where she heads the Mathematics Education Unit, created… Read more »

UNESCO honours early New Zealand heritage documents

The papers of Auckland’s founding father Sir John Logan Campbell (pictured right), the Katherine Mansfield Literary and Personal papers, the Waipu Scottish Migration Collection and Lancelot Eric Richdale’s Papers on research of New Zealand seabirds in the early 20th century are this year’s inscriptions onto the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage… Read more »