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Major Funding Recipients 2019
UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Māia Tapsell reflects on that Raranga Tahi Summit which encourages young people to help foster more spoken reo throughout Aotearoa
Maia Tapsell
The Youth Diversity Forum 2019 generated a key messages document – a call to action from youth – outlining changes they wish to see to race relations in New Zealand. The document asks all sections of society to examine the way they communicate and listen to others.
UNESCO Youth forum call to action
Ashlee Peacock attended the 40th UNESCO General Conference with the New Zealand delegation and spent two days attending and sharing ideas from Aotearoa at the 11th Youth Forum.
Gneral Conference Robyn and Ashlee Paris
Nearly a hundred youth leaders from Christchurch and around the country came together in Ōtautahi Christchurch over the weekend of 4-6 October. In collaboration with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu, we held the Youth Diversity Forum to support a cross-ethnic discussion, addressing racism, education and spirituality in response to the mosque attacks of 15 March 2019.
YDF 2019
Te Paepae o Tangaroa (Ocean’s Speak) was held in Gisborne 6 –7 October 2019. 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 Commission’s focus on indigenous knowledge and oceans for the wellbeing of people and planet, these being two of our target areas.
Moananui 1 Peggy and Ashlee
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