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In late May the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Commissioners, Chair and Secretariat headed down to Ōamaru to officially celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – Waitaki Whitestone.

Our Commissioners share their experiences of the celebrations and the impression that Waitaki Whitestone UNESCO Global Geopark left on them. We also share Chair, Liz Longworth's speech.
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It has been a very busy couple of months for the National Commission with some amazing highlights and exciting news. In May we welcomed a new Chair and Natural Sciences Commissioner to the National Commission whānau. We continued to build our international connections - find out more about these connections, as well as the latest news from our UNESCO programmes and download our 2022 Annual Review.
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The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark has officially been designated as New Zealand's first and Australasia’s only UNESCO Global Geopark.
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Liz Longworth has been appointed as the National Commission’s new Chair. She brings with her a wealth of Board experience and knowledge of UNESCO matters. We also welcome Linda Faulkner as our current Natural Sciences Commissioner. Linda has a comprehensive background working in the science and research sector in Aotearoa.
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Learn what the National Commission has been up to in early 2023, and the exciting way that we finished off 2022.
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Representatives from the NZ National Commission addressed more than 700 other international delegates at the High-Level Celebration of the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL) in Paris in December 2022.
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