Five new Youth Leaders appointed

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has appointed five new members to its UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders group. They are [listed in alphabetical order]: Liletina Vaka, Māia Tapsell, Morgan King, Nick Mailau and Shahin Najak. Raven Maeder is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Danielle Newton. As Special Advisor – Youth she will… Read more »

“Let us never be silent about racism and intolerance”

Robyn Baker, Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO reflects on the recent terrorist attack and our individual and collective responsibilities for action. On Friday 15 March our beliefs about ourselves as a nation and as individuals were profoundly shaken. “How could this have happened here in New Zealand?” we asked ourselves, as… Read more »

March marine conservation forum in Auckland

Thanks to a major funding grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Ngati Kuri and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum will host a marine conservation forum: Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans in March 2019. Significant and worsening threats to marine environments mean that urgent, internationally co-ordinated action to protect the global… Read more »

Nola in Vietnam

Nola Smart has spent her summer doing an internship in Vietnam through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA). She writes about the experience. PMSA is a programme provided by the New Zealand Government to: enrich New Zealand’s ability to engage with Asian partners improve the international skills of our workforce establish connections between countries… Read more »

Remembering the Holocaust

On Sunday 27 January, events around New Zealand commemorated United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The National Commission recognises the importance of marking this day, to raise awareness about the need to nurture peace and human rights. As well as being an opportunity to commemorate the… Read more »

Seeking new youth recruits

Are you a young person committed to promoting peace and social justice in New Zealand and the Pacific? Then the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO wants to hear from you! We’re currently inviting applications from youth aged between 18 and 25 to join our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders. The group consists of young leaders… Read more »

Calling all playwrights

Playwrights are invited to contribute to the success of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival, which will be hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin between September 12 and 20, 2019. Playwrights, theatre companies and tertiary Theatre or Drama programmes in other UNESCO Cities of Literature will be sending scripts or productions,… Read more »

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 »