Awards and Funding

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 »

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 »