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Matariki plays a significant role in Māori culture in signifying the start of the New Year and for plantings to begin. UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Blair Kapa-Peters and Culture Commissioner Dr Dan Hikuroa share their experience and knowledge of Matariki.
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In 2020 as a result of the pandemic we refocused our Minor Grant fund to support projects that responded to COVID-19 to enable us to best support the needs of our community.
We supported 16 projects in total in 2020 including Te Rito Toi - which has been usually successful with more than 250,000 views and receiving international recognition from UNESCO and the OECD. Te Rito Toi is an online resource developed to support teachers as they returned to the classroom post lockdown, it uses the arts to manage the stories, questions and issues children bring to the classroom after trauma or crisis.
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We invite young New Zealanders to express their interest in the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme.

Under the Young Professionals Programme, young people will be appointed as UNESCO staff members on an initial fixed-term contract at P1/P2 level. Assignments may be either at UNESCO HQ in Paris or at a Field Office.
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its contestable funding round by 9 July 2021
Applications are being sought for ‘major grant’ funding worth between $10,000 and $40,000.
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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).
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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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