Aotearoa Kicks off 2021 International Jazz Day celebrations

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO was delighted to be able to support New Zealand’s official contribution to UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, which is celebrated on April 30th each year. A celebration of Jazz, which included a gala concert and jazz workshops with the future of New Zealand jazz – our students – took place… Read more »

Major Funding 2020

The National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce its 2020 major funding recipients. In 2020 the National Commission supported five projects through major grants. The National Commission provided a grant to the Polynesian Panther Party (PPP) 50th Anniversary Committee.   The PPP was founded in 1971 to advocate for Pacific people’s rights in Aotearoa New Zealand…. Read more »

Reflecting on the day the NZ Muslim community gained five million allies

As we mark the second anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, our UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Youth Leaders share their memories of that tragic day, the impact it has had on them and their thoughts on being a Muslim in New Zealand. Today, Shahin Najak, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Special Advisor shares her… Read more »

Building Narratives to Protect our Communities

Two years after the Christchurch mosque attacks UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Sondos Quraan reflects on the events of that tragic day and shares her thoughts on where we are as a country today and how, as a nation, we can shape a positive future together. “To this event, we say never again. Never again will… Read more »

Tragedy Catalyst for Social Action

This week our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders reflect on how the events of March 15 have impacted and shaped them. Today, Raiyan Azmi reflects on his journey over the past two years. “March 15th was a tough day – in fact, one of the toughest. Waleed Aly described it as ‘slaughter by appointment’, and I… Read more »

New Aotearoa UNESCO Youth Leaders announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has appointed four new members to its UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders group. They are [listed in alphabetical order]: Raiyan Azmi, Ethan Jerome-Leota, Sabrina Manū, and Sondos Quraan. Shahin Najak is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Ashlee Peacock. As Special Advisor – Youth she will attend all… Read more »

Youth leader joins hack-a-thon

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Naheed Saeid spent last Friday in Wellington learning the art of game development. Here she feeds back on the session that was designed with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind. Last Friday I had the privilege of attending a hack-a-thon/game design session run by Gamefroot, an organisation aiming to blur… Read more »