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July 2020

Kia ora koutou,

Matariki and Puanga are being celebrated now - marking the shift of seasons, a time for reflection and acknowledgement of the Māori New Year. Read on to find out what our Culture Commissioner and youth leaders have to share about their own experiences of Matariki/Puanga.
Our Major Grants round closed for expressions of interest on the 25th of June and we have now let applicants know whether they have been selected for the shortlist. Shortlisted candidates have until the 30th of July to submit their application for Major Grants funding. Thank you to all those that applied, we had very strong applications and have great selection of projects on our shortlist.

Matariki – check out the video discussion below between our National Commission whānau, Culture Commissioner Dr Dan Hikuroa and Aotearoa Youth Leaders Ashlee Peacock and Blair Kapa-Peters about Matariki, Puanga, and the importance and difference between regions at this time of year – it’s a great chat about their personal experiences of learning about Matariki and what they’re doing now to further their knowledge.

Dan shares his thoughts in detail on our website: Read more

Our Facebook post shares their understanding of the specific regional meanings and relevance of Puanga and Matariki.

Read the Facebook post
Watch: Dr Dan Hikuroa and youth leaders Ashlee and Blair korero about Matariki and Puanga
Liz Breslin

Dunedin City of Literature generating possibilities during lockdown

Dunedin was busy with local and international initiatives to foster creativity with the pen during lockdown.

Liz Breslin's Possibilities Project connected writers around the world through an inspring poem that saw poems being shared digitally across borders.

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Auckland City of Music  - UNESCO Creative City

Has been working to support the music industry during COVID-19. Working alongside Music Helps, Auckland City of Music has helped support both financial and emotional resilience for music industry professionals. 

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You're invited: Global Citizenship Education talk in Wellington 20 August

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is holding a free panel discussion on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) at the National Library in Wellington on 20 August from 5:30 to 7:30pm. It will also be livestreamed through our Facebook page.
Speakers will traverse subjects such as arts in dealing with trauma, personal transformation, spirituality, prison education, mental health and innovation; highlighting that GCED takes many forms in a variety of settings and reaches people of all ages.
This special event provides an opportunity to be inspired, reflect, learn and share ideas with others. After the presentations there will be a Q&A session, followed by kai and networking. 

Call for Beeby Award applications

The Award given by the NZ National Commission and NZCER reflects our joint aspirations for a socially just and equitable society.

The Beeby Award supports development of a learning resource based on quality research.

The Award supports partnerships between research and practice communities so that learners can benefit from research.

The Award is worth $30,000. Find out more: Beeby Award


UNESCO Creative Cities have been busy during the global pandemic, finding ways to be connected, to harness the collective spirit and to create together. Find out what's been happening around the world:

Education Commissioner, Dr Carol Mutch, in the news

Schools play a significant role in disaster response and recovery, according to a six-year research project by Professor Carol Mutch at the University of Auckland.

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The University of Auckland professor has put her educational and story-telling skills to work to tell the story of a toy bear’s time in lockdown. Originally, a series of Facebook posts to entertain family and friends, Bear’s adventures have gone global. 

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The New Zealand Council for Educational Research surveyed teachers and principals about climate change and sustainability as part of the 2019 NZCER national survey of English-medium primary and intermediate schools.  Read the results
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