Language project invites participation

To celebrate International Mother Language Day (21 February) and the International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019), the Korean National Commission for UNESCO is launching an online project to gather recordings of extracts from The Little Prince, read aloud in as many of the world’s languages as possible. Would you like to join them, sharing your voice in your mother… Read more »

Ocean Youth Leadership Summit

We supported UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Raven Maeder to attend the Ocean Youth Leadership Summit in Bali, Indonesia in October. She reports back. I feel extremely privileged to have been supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO to attend the Summit, which was held from 28-30 October. The National Commission recognised this as… Read more »

Mobile app for Dunedin’s literary locations

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature has teamed up with the University of Otago’s Department of English and Linguistics to create dtour, an app that links remarkable writers and their stories to remarkable sites in Dunedin and the Otago region, with many more to follow. These literary locations not only reflect the city’s colourful cultural history… Read more »

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark application dossier sent to UNESCO in Paris

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is one step closer to becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark, with its 300-page dossier endorsed by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The dossier was submitted to UNESCO headquarters in Paris this week. The proposed UNESCO Global Geopark documentation will be subjected to a desktop evaluation by the Paris Secretariat. If… Read more »

UNESCO honours for eight heritage collections

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust has announced eight new inscriptions to its documentary heritage register. The eight are: Kerikeri Mission Te Reo Slates (nominated by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) and Nga Uri O Hongi); Marti Friedlander Archive (Auckland Art Gallery), Journals and Papers of Reverend Charles Baker (Auckland War… Read more »

Create1World experience

A reflection by Ashlee Peacock, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, who held an interactive workshop at the Wellington Create1World event. Create1World is an awesome initiative by Massey University that promotes “how creativity can help us better understand and resolve global problems faced by humanity in the 21st Century”. I was able to attend on behalf of the… Read more »

Beeby Award to fund resource for teaching statistical investigations

The 2018 Beeby Award has been awarded to mathematics and statistics educator Dr Pip Arnold. Dr Arnold’s winning proposal is for a resource to support statistics teaching and learning in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The $30,000 Beeby Award is jointly funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (the… Read more »

Auckland launches Music Strategy

Auckland officially launched its Auckland Music Strategy Te Rautaki Puoro o Tāmaki Makaurau 2018-2021 as a member of the UNESCO Creative City Network this week. The event was held in style at the beautiful Civic Theatre Wintergarden, combining passionate speeches and uplifting performances that clearly set the tone for the possibilities that lie ahead. The speakers… Read more »

New resource supports teaching students about mental health

Those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing will welcome a new resource from NZCER Press. Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing was funded by the Beeby Fellowship, a joint initiative by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the New Zealand Council for Educational… Read more »

New Chair for Memory of the World New Zealand

Members of UNESCO Memory of the World Aotearoa New Zealand Trust elected a new Chair at its October Annual General Meeting. Bruce Ralston has taken over the reins from Dianne Macaskill, the founding Chair of the Trust, whose term ends in March 2019. Bruce has a 35 year career in the documentary heritage world, including… Read more »