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Waitaki Whitestone Geopark application dossier sent to UNESCO in Paris

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is one step closer to becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark, with its 300-page dossier endorsed by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The dossier was submitted to UNESCO headquarters in Paris this week. The proposed UNESCO Global Geopark documentation will be subjected to a desktop evaluation by the Paris Secretariat. If… Read more »

UNESCO honours for eight heritage collections

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust has announced eight new inscriptions to its documentary heritage register. The eight are: Kerikeri Mission Te Reo Slates (nominated by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) and Nga Uri O Hongi); Marti Friedlander Archive (Auckland Art Gallery), Journals and Papers of Reverend Charles Baker (Auckland War… Read more »

Create1World experience

A reflection by Ashlee Peacock, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, who held an interactive workshop at the Wellington Create1World event. Create1World is an awesome initiative by Massey University that promotes “how creativity can help us better understand and resolve global problems faced by humanity in the 21st Century”. I was able to attend on behalf of the… Read more »

Beeby Award to fund resource for teaching statistical investigations

The 2018 Beeby Award has been awarded to mathematics and statistics educator Dr Pip Arnold. Dr Arnold’s winning proposal is for a resource to support statistics teaching and learning in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The $30,000 Beeby Award is jointly funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (the… Read more »

Auckland launches Music Strategy

Auckland officially launched its Auckland Music Strategy Te Rautaki Puoro o Tāmaki Makaurau 2018-2021 as a member of the UNESCO Creative City Network this week. The event was held in style at the beautiful Civic Theatre Wintergarden, combining passionate speeches and uplifting performances that clearly set the tone for the possibilities that lie ahead. The speakers… Read more »

New resource supports teaching students about mental health

Those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing will welcome a new resource from NZCER Press. Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing was funded by the Beeby Fellowship, a joint initiative by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the New Zealand Council for Educational… Read more »

New Chair for Memory of the World New Zealand

Members of UNESCO Memory of the World Aotearoa New Zealand Trust elected a new Chair at its October Annual General Meeting. Bruce Ralston has taken over the reins from Dianne Macaskill, the founding Chair of the Trust, whose term ends in March 2019. Bruce has a 35 year career in the documentary heritage world, including… Read more »

Contemplating climate change

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone represented the National Commission as part of a panel on climate change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s NGO Policy Forum in October. Alongside Climate Ambassador Jo Tyndall and Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia from Massey University, she discussed how to collectively go about ‘flipping the switch from mitigation… Read more »

Making GCED connections in the Pacific

Strong bonds were formed with the Pacific region through one of our advisor’s recent attendance at a global citizenship education (GCED) workshop in Apia, Samoa. Gracielli Ghizzi-Hall, who leads our GCED work programme, took part in the five-day event, organised by the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States. She attended with Katrina Fraser, GCED expert… Read more »

Local researcher awarded prestigious fellowship

The world of Augmented Reality will soon be leaping into our everyday lives thanks to the work of award-winning University of Otago scientist Stefanie Zollmann, who has just been granted the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018. Endless Augmented Reality (AR) possibilities, such as All Black fans accessing game and player statistics in… Read more »