UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

UN Youth NZ celebrates 20th birthday

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Peter McKenzie represented the National Commission at the UN Youth NZ 20th birthday celebrations this month. He reflects on the event. UN Youth is a strange organisation. It works tirelessly to increase awareness of international relations and diplomatic practice among the unlikeliest demographic: high school and university students. Not only that,… Read more »

Climate change reflections – comparing Colombia and New Zealand

Former UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone has been doing some climate change work in Colombia through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America. She compares New Zealand and Colombia’s attitudes and their impacts on climate change. Colombia and New Zealand share a lot, including a love of coffee and indigenous wildlife. However, there are… Read more »

Meet our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

The New Zealand National Commission works with a team of 10 young people aged between 18 and 25 called the UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders. Watch their YouTube video introductions to get to know them better! Group members primarily serve as advisors, negotiating inclusive ways for young people to be engaged and empowered in the National… Read more »

Capturing rangatahi voices for Youth Week

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Liletina Vaka took an active part in New Zealand’s National Youth Week recently, working with rangatahi (young people) across West Auckland to capture their stories. Inspired by this year’s theme was ‘We are more than you see’, ‘He wai hōhonu a mātou’ (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen… Read more »

Climate Challenge Conference

The National Commission sponsored the Climate Challenge Conferences through the 2018/19 UNESCO Contestable Activity Fund. UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders Ashlee, Nola and Liletina attended the Auckland conference and Raven and Morgan went to the Wellington event. Liletina reports back on the Auckland experience. On Saturday 25 May, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders Ashlee, Nola and Liletina… 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 »

Nola contributes to youth perspective on public policy

The National Commission supported Nola Smart to participate in UN Youth’s Aotearoa Youth Declaration conference. She reports back. Held over four days, Year 8-13 rangatahi gather from across New Zealand for a civic education conference. The conference convenes to write the Aotearoa Youth Declaration which is a document that provides a youth perspective on public… Read more »

Five new Youth Leaders appointed

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]: Liletina Vaka, Māia Tapsell, Morgan King, Nick Mailau and Shahin Najak. Raven Maeder is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Danielle Newton. As Special Advisor – Youth she will… Read more »

Nola in Vietnam

Nola Smart has spent her summer doing an internship in Vietnam through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA). She writes about the experience. PMSA is a programme provided by the New Zealand Government to: enrich New Zealand’s ability to engage with Asian partners improve the international skills of our workforce establish connections between countries… Read more »

Seeking new youth recruits

Are you a young person committed to promoting peace and social justice in New Zealand and the Pacific? Then the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO wants to hear from you! We’re currently inviting applications from youth aged between 18 and 25 to join our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders. The group consists of young leaders… Read more »