Awards and Funding

Report: Heliset Tte Skal – Let the Languages Live Conference

We supported Professor Rawinia Higgins, Chairperson and Commissioner of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission and Charisma Rangipunga, Deputy Chair of the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Board of Commissioners, to attend the Heliset Tte Skal – Let the Languages Live conference in Canada from 24-26 June… Read more »

Talking low carbon

We supported youth participation in the Asia Pacific meeting on Low Carbon Action in Hangzhou, China this month, by contributing funding towards travel expenses. The theme of the meeting was ‘achieving zero carbon through education’. The attendees were James Young-Drew and Anya Bukholt-Payne, accompanied by Betsan Martin, Director of Response Trust. All are involved with… Read more »

People’s Report launch

We’re looking forward to the public launch of Hui E! Community Aotearoa’s People’s Report on the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 3 July. The National Commission contributed funding toward this report, which provides an important community perspective. The launch will be followed by a cross-sector panel discussion on the theme of ‘Empowering… Read more »

National Commission to sponsor SDG Summit

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is proud to be a Silver sponsor of the second New Zealand SDG Summit in Auckland on 2 September. Accelerated action, together is the theme, which will address how to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Hosted by the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology,… Read more »

Report: Whanganui’s celebration of International Jazz Day

The National Commission provided minor grant funding to support Whanganui’s celebration of International Jazz Day on 30 April. Whanganui Jazz Club president Ken Chernoff reported back on the event. International Jazz Day aligns the remarkable living tradition that is jazz music to the global conversation that rages on about how we can contribute to making… Read more »

Youth Leaders at Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

UNESCO Youth Leader Charlotte Steel reports back on the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, which she and Māia Tapsell participated in. The National Commission sponsored a panel discussion called ‘Te Reo Boom’. Ko taku reo ko taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria. My language is my awakening, my language is the window to… Read more »

Major grant funding round launches

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its contestable funding round by 18 June. Applications are being sought for ‘major grant’ funding worth between $10,000 and $40,000. “We are seeking innovative projects, events, programmes or initiatives that reflect our mission and strategic priorities,” says Robyn Baker, Chair of… Read more »

Designing for change

A new and improved version of Youthtown’s Design Change programme, run through Tauhara College in Taupo in Term One, has seen young people designing projects that reflect the values of global citizenship. In 2018, Youthtown, supported by a major grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and with the collaboration of the Raukawa… Read more »

Students explore histories through gaming

In 2018, the National Commission allocated a major grant to the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) in collaboration with Gamefroot, for their project Games for Tuia. The project supports youth to develop digital games to commemorate Encounters 250, which acknowledges the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa. Here’s… Read more »

Seeking nominations for international science communicators award

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is currently seeking nominations for the prestigious UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science. This international distinction awards outstanding contributions of individuals in communicating science to society and promoting the popularisation of science. UNESCO writes: ‘By bridging the gap between science and society the benefits of scientific… Read more »