UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

Reflecting on the day the NZ Muslim community gained five million allies

As we mark the second anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, our UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Youth Leaders share their memories of that tragic day, the impact it has had on them and their thoughts on being a Muslim in New Zealand. Today, Shahin Najak, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Special Advisor shares her… Read more »

Building Narratives to Protect our Communities

Two years after the Christchurch mosque attacks UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Sondos Quraan reflects on the events of that tragic day and shares her thoughts on where we are as a country today and how, as a nation, we can shape a positive future together. “To this event, we say never again. Never again will… Read more »

Tragedy Catalyst for Social Action

This week our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders reflect on how the events of March 15 have impacted and shaped them. Today, Raiyan Azmi reflects on his journey over the past two years. “March 15th was a tough day – in fact, one of the toughest. Waleed Aly described it as ‘slaughter by appointment’, and I… Read more »

New Aotearoa UNESCO Youth Leaders announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has appointed four new members to its UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders group. They are [listed in alphabetical order]: Raiyan Azmi, Ethan Jerome-Leota, Sabrina Manū, and Sondos Quraan. Shahin Najak is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Ashlee Peacock. As Special Advisor – Youth she will attend all… Read more »

Youth leader joins hack-a-thon

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Naheed Saeid spent last Friday in Wellington learning the art of game development. Here she feeds back on the session that was designed with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind. Last Friday I had the privilege of attending a hack-a-thon/game design session run by Gamefroot, an organisation aiming to blur… Read more »

Aotearoa Youth Leaders Ashlee and Blair reflect on Matariki and Puanga

The UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders have spent the past few weeks reflecting on Matariki which plays a significant role in Māori culture in signifying the start of the New Year and for plantings to begin. Here Blair Kapa-Peters and Ashlee Peacock share their experiences of Matariki.   Blair: For some, the Māori Calendar begins with… Read more »

New UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders announced for 2020

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has appointed five new members to its UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders group. They are [listed in alphabetical order]: Anne-Sophie Page, Bella, Simpson, Blair Kapa-Peters, Brodie Cross and Naheed Saeid. Ashlee Peacock is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Raven Maeder. As Special Advisor – Youth she will… Read more »

Raranga. Tahi Summit – invigorating te reo Māori through rangatahi

Aotearoa Youth Leader, Māia Tapsell, spent a couple of days in Auckland earlier this month at a summit encouraging young people to help foster more spoken reo throughout Aotearoa. Here she reflects. The Raranga. Tahi Summit was held by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau on the 4th and 5th of… Read more »