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 »

Contemplating climate change

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone represented the National Commission as part of a panel on climate change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s NGO Policy Forum in October. Alongside Climate Ambassador Jo Tyndall and Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia from Massey University, she discussed how to collectively go about ‘flipping the switch from mitigation… Read more »

Making GCED connections in the Pacific

Strong bonds were formed with the Pacific region through one of our advisor’s recent attendance at a global citizenship education (GCED) workshop in Apia, Samoa. Gracielli Ghizzi-Hall, who leads our GCED work programme, took part in the five-day event, organised by the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States. She attended with Katrina Fraser, GCED expert… Read more »

Local researcher awarded prestigious fellowship

The world of Augmented Reality will soon be leaping into our everyday lives thanks to the work of award-winning University of Otago scientist Stefanie Zollmann, who has just been granted the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018. Endless Augmented Reality (AR) possibilities, such as All Black fans accessing game and player statistics in… Read more »

Connecting with Forest and Bird Youth Council

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Raven Maeder attended the Forest and Bird Youth Council event ‘Ngā here: many connections’ on 26 September. She writes about the experience. Held at Victoria University, Ngā here was a youth-led career and opportunity development event. Its purpose was to enable students to engage with a range of professionals working a… Read more »

Major grant recipients announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded four grants worth $102,000 in total in its 2018/2019 Contestable Funding Round. “The successful projects contribute to some of the National Commission’s priority areas, including the contribution of indigenous knowledge in shaping a sustainable future; and the importance of oceans to the wellbeing of people and… Read more »

Taking the lead at National Commissions meeting

Secretary General Vicki Soanes took an active leadership role at the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of National Commissions, held in South Korea this month. Thirty National Commissions were represented – mostly at the Secretary General level – including eight from the Pacific sub-region. There were also representatives from the UNESCO Secretariats of the Paris, Bangkok, Jakarta… Read more »