Climate change reflections – comparing Colombia and New Zealand

Former UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone has been doing some climate change work in Colombia through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America. She compares New Zealand and Colombia’s attitudes and their impacts on climate change. Colombia and New Zealand share a lot, including a love of coffee and indigenous wildlife. However, there are… Read more »

Meet our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

The New Zealand National Commission works with a team of 10 young people aged between 18 and 25 called the UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders. Watch their YouTube video introductions to get to know them better! Group members primarily serve as advisors, negotiating inclusive ways for young people to be engaged and empowered in the National… Read more »

Capturing rangatahi voices for Youth Week

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Liletina Vaka took an active part in New Zealand’s National Youth Week recently, working with rangatahi (young people) across West Auckland to capture their stories. Inspired by this year’s theme was ‘We are more than you see’, ‘He wai hōhonu a mātou’ (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen… Read more »

Climate Challenge Conference

The National Commission sponsored the Climate Challenge Conferences through the 2018/19 UNESCO Contestable Activity Fund. UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders Ashlee, Nola and Liletina attended the Auckland conference and Raven and Morgan went to the Wellington event. Liletina reports back on the Auckland experience. On Saturday 25 May, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders Ashlee, Nola and Liletina… Read more »

Visit to UNESCO headquarters

National Commission Chair Robyn Baker has been visiting UNESCO headquarters in Paris this month. The main purpose of her trip is to begin to prepare New Zealand’s approach to engagement at the General Conference in November and to talk with UNESCO leaders about current and emerging issues that are likely to be a focus at… Read more »

Youth Leaders at Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

UNESCO Youth Leader Charlotte Steel reports back on the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, which she and Māia Tapsell participated in. The National Commission sponsored a panel discussion called ‘Te Reo Boom’. Ko taku reo ko taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria. My language is my awakening, my language is the window to… Read more »

Major grant funding round launches

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its contestable funding round by 18 June. Applications are being sought for ‘major grant’ funding worth between $10,000 and $40,000. “We are seeking innovative projects, events, programmes or initiatives that reflect our mission and strategic priorities,” says Robyn Baker, Chair of… Read more »

Nola contributes to youth perspective on public policy

The National Commission supported Nola Smart to participate in UN Youth’s Aotearoa Youth Declaration conference. She reports back. Held over four days, Year 8-13 rangatahi gather from across New Zealand for a civic education conference. The conference convenes to write the Aotearoa Youth Declaration which is a document that provides a youth perspective on public… Read more »

Designing for change

A new and improved version of Youthtown’s Design Change programme, run through Tauhara College in Taupo in Term One, has seen young people designing projects that reflect the values of global citizenship. In 2018, Youthtown, supported by a major grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and with the collaboration of the Raukawa… Read more »

Students explore histories through gaming

In 2018, the National Commission allocated a major grant to the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) in collaboration with Gamefroot, for their project Games for Tuia. The project supports youth to develop digital games to commemorate Encounters 250, which acknowledges the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa. Here’s… Read more »