Awards and Funding

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 »

COVID-19: The importance of collaboration, science and communication

Kia ora Tātou, In light of the Government’s decision on Monday 23 March to move immediately to level 3 (and subsequently level 4) of the COVID-19 response, we felt it was important to reflect on the responsibility UNESCO has—both as a National Commission and internationally—to support the sharing of reliable, trusted information. Firstly, internationally UNESCO… Read more »

Major Funding 2019

The National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce its latest major funding recipients In 2019 the National Commission has awarded three major grants at the end of the year. The three projects all foster the development of knowledge and networks through grass-roots, kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) communication. The Khadija Leadership Network (KLN)… Read more »

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 »