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August 2017

This month 100 enthusiastic and talented young people applied to join our Youth Reference Group – we can already tell that it’s going to be a tough decision! We’ll announce the successful applicants later in September.

Watch: Historical footage worth remembering

From footage of New Zealand soldiers abroad in World War II and the return of the Maori Battalion to Opo the dolphin, Aunt Daisy and very last tram in Wellington, the National Film Unit’s collection of Weekly Reviews and Pictorial Parades newsreels, produced between 1941 and 1971, is a treasure trove of Kiwi history. The collection is inscribed on the New Zealand UNESCO Memory of the World register.  

Iwi Chairs Forum

Chair Robyn Baker and Culture Commissioner Dr Arapata Hakiwai attended the Iwi Chairs Forum in Whakatane on 3 August, hosted by Ngati Awa, at Te Manuka Tūtahi Marae in Whakatane. This was an opportunity to profile UNESCO and share the current priorities and work programme of the National Commission. Given that iwi and the National Commission have mutual interests in education, culture, natural sciences, social sciences, and communication and information, it was also a chance to highlight areas for possible engagement in the future.

Youth Reference Group out and about

Youth Reference Group members Teina Wells-Smith and Danielle Newton have had amazing opportunities to contribute their ideas and gain inspiration recently. This includes representing the National Commission at the Nga Rangatahi A Iwi (NRAI) forum (part of the Iwi Chairs Forum), Festival for the Future 2017 and on the cross-agency Environmental Education for Sustainability Steering Group, as well as leading PACE 48 as New Zealand Country Coordinators.

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Adult Learners' Week

Lifelong learning is a value worth celebrating and is a target within Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education, which UNESCO is leading. That’s why the National Commission is supporting ACE Aotearoa, the lead agency for adult and community education in Aotearoa, to coordinate celebrations for Adult Learners’ Week from 4-10 September. The week incorporates International Literacy Day on 8 September. Get involved if you can!

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Kids' polling booth

Why should adults be the only ones to vote on Election Day? The National Commission is delighted to support award-winning theatre and performance company Barbarian Productions' pop-up children's polling booth at Vogelmorn Bowling Club in Brooklyn, Wellington in the week leading up to the September General Election. Aimed at familiarising children with the voting process in a light-hearted and playful way, there will be an actual voting station with votes taken, a chance for children to stand as their own candidate, and a chalk board for kids to write down the issues they care about most.

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Remembering Gwang Jo Kim

It was with great sadness that members and staff of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, both present and former, learned of the sudden passing of Dr Gwang Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok.

We will remember Dr Kim with respect, fondness and gratitude for his important work. We thank him and his family for his significant contribution to the building of peace.

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Documenting Kiwi cats

When did cats first arrive in New Zealand? A diary entry by Samuel Marsden in 1820, which describes being offered a cat to eat during his third voyage to New Zealand, is possibly the earliest documentary record of a population of cats present in New Zealand. The diary is part of Dr Thomas Hocken’s Church Missionary Society papers, which were added to our national UNESCO Memory of the World register in 2014.

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Photo: Mrs Rosa Lloyd, sitting on a garden bench with a cat at her feet. Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena P1951-003/1-128 S15-191d.

Recent UNESCO publications

International Days

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