"On one hand, a disappointment on the lack of interest, the lack of push, the lack of future from the diplomats and representatives. But on the other, rejuvenation through the depth of heart, the strength of fire, the power of purpose from the scientists and those personally attached to the ocean."
Applications are due midnight, Friday 11 August 2017.
Elie Wiesel famously said, "To forget a Holocaust is to kill twice". While a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau is difficult and emotionally exhausting, its also a must-do, if only to confirm our commitment never to forget what happened there.
In times of chaos…be Palestine.
As young New Zealanders we are passionate advocates for our ocean because we understand how connected the ocean is to our lives both as New Zealanders but also as humans.
This poem is primarily inspired by my friend’s love of ngā wai. However, as children of the Pacific we know that ‘love’ can never encompass the breadth of connection to our taiao. While witnessing the World Heritage Committee attempting to grapple with the crises affecting alongside celebrating with pure joy the addition of Taputapuātea as a World Heritage Site for the whole Pacific, this poem rings true over and over. It is a reminder that for us, nature and culture will never be split into arbitrary categories. Enjoy.
The drama just keeps going down here at the UN. And my favourite superstar to watch is José Cabral, Portugal’s Ambassador to UNESCO.
"We share like all our Polynesian brothers and sisters the act of hospitality. This is a sign of prestige to our home land and we are committed to protecting this for our future generations.”
“LONG LIVE TAPUTAPUĀTEA…LONG LIVE POLYNESIAN PEOPLE”