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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 »

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature teen writing prize: winners announced

    A Land of Granite: Teen Writing Competition Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature in partnership with Dunedin Public Libraries and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery invited participation in a teen writing competition, timed to coincide with the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Colin McCahon exhibition A Land of Granite: McCahon and Otago. https://dunedin.art.museum/exhibitions/present/a-land-of-granite/ The writing… Read more »

New inscriptions to the New Zealand Memory of the World register for 2020

On Monday the 17th of February the newest inscriptions to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Register were made at a ceremony at National Library of New Zealand. Precious documentary heritage is added yearly to the register in recognition of its significance to New Zealand history. To celebrate the taonga inscribed on the… Read more »

Holocaust Remembrance Day and freedom of expression

On Monday the 27th of January, Robyn Baker, Chairperson of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and Vicki Soanes, Secretary General, attended Holocaust Remembrance Day organised by the Holocaust Centre in Wellington. The commemoration also acknowledged the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp, Auschwitz. National Commission Chair, Robyn Baker, spoke at… 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 »

Samoan Language Week 2013

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is happy to promote Samoan Language Week 2013 with its theme of “Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana. feed the children words and stories. Speak your language. There is an exciting programme of activities which you can read about on Samoan Language Week Facebook… Read more »

Indigenous Fishing in Tokelau

Book on indigenous fishing techniques, Tokelau  ECHOES AT FISHERMEN’S ROCK BY  ELDERS FROM ATAFU   Edited and translated by Antony Hooper and Iuta Tinielu The unique value of this book is that it was originally written wholly in Tokelauan by migrant elders from Atafu atoll as part of what they saw as their duty to… Read more »

International Mother Language Day 2013

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2013 International Mother Language Day is an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of languages to group and individual identity, as the foundation for all social, economic and cultural life. Multilingualism is a source of strength and… Read more »