Kiwi Holocaust Survivors focus of new DVD

Kiwi Holocaust Survivors focus of new DVD FOR ANNE FRANK DIARY EXHIBITION   The testimonies of New Zealand’s own Holocaust survivors will be the subject of a poignant DVD that will accompany the Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition this year.   The DVD was produced with support from the NZ National Commission for UNESCO. It has… Read more »

Waitangi Day 2010

“As we mark the 170th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the hope is that New Zealanders continue to consider the Treaty as a living document,” says NZ National Commission for UNESCO chairman, Bryan Gould. “New Zealanders should continue to learn about the Treaty and what it means for our country and… Read more »

Fundraising for Haiti: Pyepoudre Cultural and Education Centre

The Pyepoudre Cultural and Education Centre was completely destroyed by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th. Local musician Lucien Johnson is behind a fundraising concert to help members of the centre community whose lives were shattered by the disaster. “We have been totally crippled and need every help we can get. Three children… Read more »

Resource: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is committed to the promotion of human rights and recognises that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a key instrument requiring governments to ensure disabled people enjoy rights on an equal basis with others. UNESCO worked alongside various NZ stakeholders and produced this helpful resource… Read more »

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is committed to the promotion of human rights and recognises that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a key instrument requiring governments to ensure disabled people enjoy rights on an equal basis with others. 1.      What are human rights? 2.      What… Read more »

Focus on the Light! – NZ prepares for Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2010

More than 1.5 million children were murdered in the Holocaust  – more than the entire population of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The children of Moriah Jewish School in Wellington are inviting children and members of the public to attend Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010 by joining them at the Holocaust Memorial, Makara Cemetery on… Read more »

Speech to UNESCO General Conference 2009 – Bryan Gould

Speech to the UNESCO General Conference September 2009 Chair of the New Zealand National Commission Bryan Gould  Tena koutou katoa kua huihui mai nei i tenei ra. (English translation: Greetings to all who have gathered here today). Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen In 1946, when UNESCO’s Constitution came into force, New Zealand was the second… Read more »

Living Heritage Awards honour NZ’s Junior Historians

Living Heritage Awards honour NZ’s Junior Historians Are mangroves unwanted weeds “gorse of the sea” or are they beautiful trees that attract native birds? Who was Mr Stellin? And why did they name the park we play in after him? What games did our grandparents play?  How did they live? These are the questions that… Read more »

Mata Ora : The Living Knowledge 2009

Mata Ora : The Living Knowledge 2009 Ancient Polynesian navigators were the first to explore and then settle the great Pacific Ocean – a vast expanse that covers a third of the earth’s surface.  Their journeys began a millenia before the arrival of the first European explorers in the 16th Century. Next week in Porirua, north… Read more »

Waitangi Day 2010

“As we mark the 170th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the hope is that New Zealanders continue to consider the Treaty as a living document,” says NZ National Commission for UNESCO chairman, Bryan Gould. “New Zealanders should continue to learn about the Treaty and what it means for our country and… Read more »