This month's key activities included the appointment of two new Commissioners and a visit to Waitaki Whitestone in its next step as an aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark. Our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders were also out and about.
New Commissioner appointments
Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa announced two new Commissioner appointments this month – Professor Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop as Social Sciences Commissioner and Dr Carol Mutch (pictured) as Education Commissioner. Dr Arapata Hakiwai has been reappointed as the Culture Commissioner. Congratulations to all and a huge thanks to outgoing Commissioners Materoa Dodd and Dr Cheryl Stephens for their significant contribution.
Waitaki Whitestone has chalked up another milestone in its bid for UNESCO Global Geoparks status. Chair Robyn Baker and two New Zealand UNESCO Global Geoparks Expert Advisory Panel members visited the region to experience what it had to offer firsthand and inform the application process. The group was highly impressed by the “wonderful riches of the region”.
We've tweaked our website to highlight our work programme. This includes finding a home for the videos we've created over the past few months. We are especially proud of a new animation, featured on the homepage, which explains what we do. We invite you to take the time to explore our refreshed website.
Our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders had a blast engaging with a wide variety of young people at their stand at the Festival for the Future in late July. Reporting back, Ashlee Peacock described the weekend as “full of energy, hype and interaction”.
From using plastic as home insulation to using algae for biofuel production, the recent Tiaki Expo in South Auckland showcased possible solutions to environmental challenges. UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Nola Smart represented us at the event.
What better way to celebrate women winning the right to vote than with Big Girls? We supported Rangawahia Environmental Arts Centre's (REACT) exhibition at the Wellington Museum. The exhibition showcased the amazing giant puppets that women from cultures around the globe had created together in workshops. REACT also held a closing parade 'Shine a Light On Your Rights' where people were invited to make their own lantern with a short statement highlighting women's desires in 2018.
ACE Aotearoa's Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga (3-9 September) launches in Auckland on 1 September, with support from the National Commission. Six adult learners will share their learning journeys. Join the 9am Saturday event or participate in an event near you over the week. Events are happening all around New Zealand.