Awards and Funding

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 »

Whanganui champions International Jazz Day

Whanganui is hosting a celebration of jazz on International Jazz Day (30 April), with the help of a minor grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Jazz maestro Rodger Fox will direct a student workshop in the afternoon and bring an all-star lineup to town for the Gala Concert in the evening. Students… Read more »

Kauri wānanga at Waipoua

‘Kauri ki Uta, Kauri ki Tai: The Kauri Project Wānanga’ was held at Waipoua 15-19 March. Initiated by The Kauri Project (TKP) in collaboration with Te Roroa, Te Tira Whakamātaki, Reconnecting Northland, and Victoria University, the wānanga was supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the Kauri Dieback Programme. One of the organisers, Chris McBride,… Read more »

Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans forum

Earlier this month, in partnership with Ngāti Kuri and thanks to a UNESCO Contestable Activity Fund (UCAF) grant from the National Commission, Auckland War Memorial Museum hosted the marine conservation forum Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans. This forum had an initial gathering within the rohe of Ngāti Kuri, followed by a hui at Auckland Museum… Read more »

March marine conservation forum in Auckland

Thanks to a major funding grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Ngati Kuri and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum will host a marine conservation forum: Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans in March 2019. Significant and worsening threats to marine environments mean that urgent, internationally co-ordinated action to protect the global… 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 »

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 »

Major grant recipients announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded four grants worth $102,000 in total in its 2018/2019 Contestable Funding Round. “The successful projects contribute to some of the National Commission’s priority areas, including the contribution of indigenous knowledge in shaping a sustainable future; and the importance of oceans to the wellbeing of people and… Read more »

Pacific meets West at architecture symposium

An architecture symposium aiming to bridge the gap in indigenous and western knowledge took place in Samoa this month, with support from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Le Va Talanoa: The Return to the Fale was the first ever hands-on Architecture Symposium in Samoa. The talanoa (workshop) was open to students, professionals, academics… Read more »

Big Girls celebrate Suffrage 125

Giant puppets and paper lanterns lit up the Wellington waterfront in August in a special illuminated parade marking 125 years of women’s rights in Aotearoa. The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO supported the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust (REACT) to stage the ‘Big Girls’ parade, as well as an exhibition at Wellington Museum. Around… Read more »