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The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has developed a new website – Te Tini a Tangaroa – which showcases the outstanding work currently taking place in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific in the ocean science space.

The website has been developed to highlight Aotearoa New Zealand’s contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 to 2030).
Te tini a tangaroa
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO was delighted to be able to support New Zealand’s official contribution to UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, which is celebrated on April 30th each year.

A celebration of Jazz, which included a gala concert and jazz workshops with the future of New Zealand jazz – our students – took place in Whanganui on Friday.
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The National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce its 2020 major funding recipients.
UCAF 2020
As we mark the second anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, Shahin Najak, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Special Advisor shares her memory of that tragic day, the impact it has had on her and Aotearoa as a whole.
Shahin Najak for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.
UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Naheed Saeid reflects on the thoughts that ran through her mind, two years ago, as the news of the Christchurch mosque attacks reached her.
Naheed Saeid 2019
Two years after the Christchurch mosque attacks UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Sondos Quraan reflects on the events of that tragic day and shares her thoughts on where we are as a country today and how, as a nation, we can shape a positive future together.
Sondos Quraan
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