World Water Day 2011 – 22 March

Water for Cities – responding to the Urban Challenge The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year’s theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge,… Read more »

Kapi Mana Bioblitz 2011

Weekend of fun at Bioblitz launch The Kapi Mana Bioblitz 2011 is the world’s first combined Marine and Terrestrial Bioblitz: a rapid assessment of species diversity. Bioblitz brings together a wide range of people – scientists, academics, local tribes, members of the public and technical experts – to celebrate the diversity of NZ’s wildlife.  Fun… Read more »

The Outlook for Someday Sustainable Film Awards

Young Kiwi film-makers from tiny rural communities right through to huge, urban suburbs took part in The Outlook for Someday Film Challenge 2010. The annual sustainable film challenge saw storytellers ranging in ages from 7 to 23 submit films that showcased a “diverse, energetic and passionate mix of ideas and viewpoints” related to sustainability. The… Read more »

Memory of the World: NZ Committee

The NZ National Commission for UNESCO is to establish and maintain a NZ Memory of the World National Committee. Its responsibilities will be to: propose and coordinate nominations for a Register of NZ documentary and audio visual knowledge; raise awareness and promote the programme through publications and presentations.; and encourage government and private sector sponsorship… Read more »

World Harmony Run 2010 in Aotearoa New Zealand

The World Harmony Run is a global relay that seeks to promote international friendship and understanding. As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, passing it from hand to hand, travelling through over 100 nations around the globe. The World Harmony Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause,… Read more »

Global Walk for Peace reaches Aotearoa New Zealand

  On August 18th, 2000, at 9am, Jean Béliveau left Montreal, Canada. His goal is to walk around the planet to promote “Peace and non-violence for the profit of the children of the world”. He is travelling alone with a three wheeled stroller to carry a bit of food, his clothing, a First Aid kit,… Read more »

Teaching diversity – why discuss diversity with schools and students?

A forum focusing upon the teaching of diversity issues and whether or not we should be discussing diversity in our schools and with our students is being hosted by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO as part of the NZ Diversity Action Forum 2010 in Christchurch this month. More than half of all babies born… Read more »

2010 New Zealand Aronui Lecture Series

Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, Past President of the British Academy & Cambridge Professor of Philosophy Baroness O’Neill will be lecturing on the Two Cultures, Freedom of Speech and Trust and Trustworthiness at venues throughout New Zealand from the 15-23 September 2010. The lectures are free and open to the general public. Please click here to find out… Read more »

Maori Language Week – A success that all New Zealanders can share in

Maori Language Week 2010 has been an outstanding success with Maori and non Maori throughout Aotearoa New Zealand taking part says NZ National Commission for UNESCO chair, Bryan Gould. “Maori Language Week in 1980 saw Maori march on parliament demanding that te reo Maori be recognised as an official language of New Zealand. At the head… Read more »

Samoan Language Week an international success

Samoan Language Week has been a great achievement this year with thousands of people celebrating gagana Samoa here in New Zealand and around the world. “With events taking place throughout New Zealand and stretching across the Tasman for the first time – at early childhood centres, schools, universities, sports clubs, churches, government departments and even… Read more »