UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

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 »

Youth Leaders’ call for action goes to Paris

The Youth Diversity Forum we held in Ōtautahi in October 2019, generated much talk, ideas and a clear vision for the kind of Aotearoa young people want to live in. The forum culminated in the creation of a key messages document – a call to action from youth – outlining changes they wish to see to race relations in New… Read more »

Te Paepae o Tangaroa – Ocean’s Speak Symposium

Te Paepae o Tangaroa (Ocean’s Speak) was held in Gisborne 6 –7 October. The symposium was open to the public and brought academics and experts on the environment and oceans together to discuss the future of the sea. Social Sciences Commissioner, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop opened the second day of the hui, and spoke about the National… Read more »

Youth Diversity Forum Ōtautahi Christchurch

Nearly a hundred youth leaders from Christchurch and around the country came together in Ōtautahi Christchurch over the weekend of 4-6 October.  The NZ National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu, held the Youth Diversity Forum to support a cross-ethnic discussion, addressing… Read more »