A look at the New Zealand Pavilion’s first month at Expo 2020 Dubai

As the age-old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been one month since Expo 2020 Dubai opened its gates, welcoming visitors to embark on a six-month journey of creativity, collaboration, and innovation, tied together by the diversity of 192 countries.

Since then, the Aotearoa New Zealand Pavilion has shared its story of Care for People and Place with more than 160,000 people (and counting!) making their way through our interactive visitor experience and discovering our premium-quality food and beverage and special connection to the land and sea at Tiaki restaurant.

Here is a snapshot of some of the highlights from our first month at Expo 2020 Dubai.


A jam-packed first week

The New Zealand Pavilion’s Expo 2020 Dubai journey began on 30 September with a special Tāngaengae dawn ceremony, which saw Whanganui Iwi dedicate the ‘mauri’ or life principle of our pavilion, story and experience.

From here, we dove into an exciting week of kapa haka performances, dance workshops by The Royal Family Dance Crew, and captivating speakers at the Programme for People and Planet events, setting the tone for what’s to come during the next five months of Expo 2020 Dubai.

To catch up on our week one highlights, click here.


Our virtual pavilion is live

Experience the Aotearoa New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai from wherever you are in the world!

The virtual pavilion translates the physical experience into a truly unique online experience. Without any waiting time, and no matter their location, visitors can choose to follow the intuitive route through the rooms as if they were walking through the pavilion in Dubai, or adapt their online path by accessing the menu.

Discover the virtual New Zealand Pavilion experience here.


Country delegation visits

Championing Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, our Commissioner-General Clayton Kimpton has been busy showcasing our pavilion to high-level delegations from around the globe including the United Arab Emirates, United States, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Netherlands, and the Pacific, just to name a few.

We have also had the pleasure of visiting several pavilions including Ireland, UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, USA, Germany, Australia, Egypt and Switzerland – and look forward to continuing our journey around Expo 2020 Dubai this month.


#IAMNZ campaign launch

This week we launched our #IAMNZ social media campaign, which shines light on key people involved in our Expo 2020 Dubai participation, Care Collective members, exporters and prominent New Zealanders. We started the campaign with Gerrard Albert, from Whanganui Iwi, sharing his river with us and how indigenous, Māori values are good for the world.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels as we continue to roll out the stories of amazing New Zealanders doing amazing things throughout the duration of Expo 2020.


Cricket legends Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum visit the Pavilion

We were delighted to welcome cricket stars and former Black Caps players Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum to the Aotearoa New Zealand Pavilion in their role as Ambassadors for QualityNZ, which sells high-quality New Zealand products (including lamb, seafood and dairy) to India and South Asian markets.

It was also a fantastic opportunity for cricket fans to have a meet and greet with two New Zealand cricket icons.

Read more about their visit here.


The spotlight on New Zealand art

In celebration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich and diverse art culture, we are proud to have partnered with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, to digitally present The Art Wall: A New Zealand Contemporary Art Showcase at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Set within the Co-operative Room in the New Zealand Pavilion (opposite Tiaki), the interactive art experience showcases 120 contemporary artworks, allowing visitors to ‘hang’ their chosen piece on a large LED screen via a digital app.

Don’t forget to choose your favourite artwork the next time you’re dining at Tiaki.

To find out more, click here.


Our hosting venues are up and running

This month has seen the New Zealand Pavilion’s stylish and contemporary hosting venues humming with New Zealand exporters looking to engage and connect with business representatives from 192 other countries.

Two distinct, flexible spaces within the pavilion have been created to give a uniquely New Zealand platform for any event. The spaces have three options in which they can be customised to enable businesses to extend manaakitanga to important contacts.

To book a venue or discover more, click here.


A celebration of New Zealand food and beverage at Tiaki Restaurant

Meaning to care, safeguard, protect and preserve in te reo Māori, Tiaki has established itself as a go-to culinary destination at Expo 2020 Dubai. With three apprentice chefs at the helm, diners can experience a taste of Aotearoa New Zealand with dishes such as horopito-marinated salmon, Kiwiburger (with the must-haves of beetroot and an egg), Anzac biscuit ice cream sandwich, and of course, fish and chips!

Book your table at Tiaki here.