Announcement of new Commissioners for the New Zealand National Commission of UNESCO

The New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of two Commissioners. Vanisa Dhiru has been appointed to the position of Commissioner – Communication and Information, for a three year term and replaces outgoing Commissioner, Trish Carter. Vanisa has an extensive background within… Read more »

New UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders announced for 2020

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]: Anne-Sophie Page, Bella, Simpson, Blair Kapa-Peters, Brodie Cross and Naheed Saeid. Ashlee Peacock is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Raven Maeder. As Special Advisor – Youth she will… Read more »

Major Funding 2019

The National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce its latest major funding recipients In 2019 the National Commission has awarded three major grants at the end of the year. The three projects all foster the development of knowledge and networks through grass-roots, kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) communication. The Khadija Leadership Network (KLN)… Read more »

Raranga. Tahi Summit – invigorating te reo Māori through rangatahi

Aotearoa Youth Leader, Māia Tapsell, spent a couple of days in Auckland earlier this month at a summit encouraging young people to help foster more spoken reo throughout Aotearoa. Here she reflects. The Raranga. Tahi Summit was held by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau on the 4th and 5th of… Read more »

Youth Leaders’ call for action goes to Paris

The Youth Diversity Forum we held in Ōtautahi in October 2019, generated much talk, ideas and a clear vision for the kind of Aotearoa young people want to live in. The forum culminated in the creation of a key messages document – a call to action from youth – outlining changes they wish to see to race relations in New… Read more »

Te Paepae o Tangaroa – Ocean’s Speak Symposium

Te Paepae o Tangaroa (Ocean’s Speak) was held in Gisborne 6 –7 October. The symposium was open to the public and brought academics and experts on the environment and oceans together to discuss the future of the sea. Social Sciences Commissioner, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop opened the second day of the hui, and spoke about the National… Read more »

Youth Diversity Forum Ōtautahi Christchurch

Nearly a hundred youth leaders from Christchurch and around the country came together in Ōtautahi Christchurch over the weekend of 4-6 October.  The NZ National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu, held the Youth Diversity Forum to support a cross-ethnic discussion, addressing… Read more »

Wellington becomes a UNESCO City of Film

Wellington has overnight been named a City of Film by UNESCO. The accolade comes after the submission of an excellent application highlighting the many attributes that make Wellington a cinema hotspot. UNESCO has named 66 new urban settlements Creative Cities, which now has a network of 246 members. The Creative Cities Network unifies cities that… Read more »

Oceans symposium to focus on protecting our oceans

The National Commission is sponsoring Moananui, an ocean sustainability programme with a particular lens around indigenous relationships with the ocean. The grant will cover expenses associated with a two-day oceans symposium ‘Te Paepae o Tangaroa’, held between 6-7 October in Gisborne. This kōrero will then continue in communities around Aotearoa. The symposium will see a… Read more »