New Zealand reveals concept design of its Expo 2020 pavilion

New Zealand reveals concept design of its Expo 2020 pavilion
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Published: 3 May 2018 - 4 a.m.

New Zealand has revealed the concept design for its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The design was revealed during a meeting between Winston Peters, New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, in Wellington on Wednesday.

The pavilion will be in Expo 2020's Sustainability District and will cover an area measuring 2,000sq m.

It will feature an exhibition space, restaurant, and a design store.

The country has reportedly set aside US$53mn to design, construct, and operate the pavilion, as well as to promote its presence at the six-month event.

The pavilion is designed by New Zealand's Jasmax, and promotes the concept of 'kaitiakitanga'.

Kaitiakitanga, meaning guardianship, is a concept inspired by the Māori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand.

The Māori believe that there is a deep connection between humans and the natural world, and it is every human's duty to guard the natural environment.

The façade of the pavilion is inspired by the waka taonga, carved containers made by the Māori.

The waka taonga were reportedly gifted to strengthen relationships, create new ones and tell stories of one generation to the next, ultimately bringing people together, a theme that reflects with Expo 2020's motto of 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'.

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