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 »

UNESCO NZ National Commission represented at General Conference

NZ National Commission for UNESCO chairman, Bryan Gould and a small delegation took part in the 35th Session of the organisation’s General Conference in Paris this month.  They participated in a review of the Programme and Budget for the years 2011 and 2012, and considered a number of current issues such as climate change and… Read more »

Irina Bokova of Bulgaria elected as UNESCO’s 10th Director General

Bulgarian diplomat and politician, Irina Bokova has been elected Director-General of UNESCO by the 35th Session of the organisation’s General Conference in Paris this month.  Ms Bokova is the first woman and the first Eastern European to head the organisation.  Ms Bokova has served as the Ambassador of Bulgaria to France as well as the… Read more »

Historical Waterworks Building wins Heritage Award

Historical Waterworks Building wins Heritage Award The Waterworks Building and its associated engineer’s cottage located on the grounds of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland has won the 2009 UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit. The building was designed by William Errington in 1875 with the purpose of bringing water from the Western… Read more »

Pathways, Circuits and Crossroads: International Migration in Uncertain Times

Pathways, Circuits and Crossroads: International Migration in Uncertain Times The annual meeting of several research programmes dealing with processes and policies of relevance to New Zealand’s international migration system wil be held on the 2-4 November at the Soundings Theatre, Te Papa in Wellington.  This year’s meeting is being organised by the University of Waikato’s… Read more »

Wellington Youth Climate Forum 2009

Wellington Youth Climate Forum 2009 What causes global climate change? What are its consequences?  What are our potential solutions?  These were some of the issues considered by more than 60 secondary students attending the Wellington Youth Climate Forum (WYCF) at Victoria University in September.  The NZ National Commission for UNESCO helped make the forum possible… Read more »

2010 Zonta Science Award call for applications

2010 Zonta Science Award call for applications The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2010 Zonta Science Award.  This will be the 11th Award since its inception in 1990.  The Zonta Science Award has been establshed to further the status of women in scientific fields.  The Award is for an emerging… Read more »