The Aotearoa New Zealand Pavilion’s final month of Expo 2020 Dubai

As we said in our very first month wrap-up of Expo 2020; time flies when you’re having fun. Our final month of the mega event was no different with March being filled with a programme of events, concerts, ministerial and MP visits, and of course, an emotional goodbye to our pavilion – our home for six amazing months.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our pavilion, meet our people and learn about how New Zealand is a nation that innovates to Care for People and Place. You can revisit the pavilion via our Virtual Pavilion experience.

ChangemakeHER International Women’s Day event

New Zealand was proud to play a part in Expo 2020’s International Women’s Day programming on 8 March by hosting ChangemakeHER – a session led by Alexia Hilbertidou of GirlBoss New Zealand alongside a panel of remarkable young women from the UAE, USA, and Namibia. Featuring exciting stories from the next generation of global women leaders, the session aimed to foster powerful and unprecedented connections across cultures, generations, and borders on the topic of women’s empowerment.

Read all about this event here: Young women leaders celebrate and inspire at ChangemakeHER at Expo 2020 Dubai (

Annie Crummer wows Expo crowds

We were delighted to have the legendary Annie Crummer join in at Expo 2020 in March. Known for hits such as See What Love Can Do and I Hope I Never, Annie performed two shows as part of our Entertainment and Cultural Programme, as well as a special performance during ChangemakeHER. A trailblazer in the world of New Zealand music, the singer had audiences out of their seats as she shared her soulful tunes.

Watch the concerts here: Multiple award-winning songstress Annie Crummer mesmerises audience with Pacific rhythms at Expo (

Minister Damien O’Connor visits Expo 2020

During the last month of Expo 2020, we were honoured to welcome Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor. Minister O’Connor met Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment at the New Zealand Pavilion and the pair signed a memorandum of arrangement to enhance collaboration on food security. The MoA covers three areas of cooperation: exchanging knowledge with a focus on the use of modern technologies and artificial intelligence in agriculture and food production, increasing mutual food trade and sharing policies and best practices in the sector.

The New Zealand Pavilion shines in awards

Both our New Zealand Pavilion and Tiaki restaurant teams ended their Expo 2020 journey on a high note with recognition in two industry awards. The River Room – where our pavilion’s story of the Whanganui River / Te Awa Tupua comes to life – was awarded an Honourable Mention for Best Exhibit / Display in the EXHIBITOR Magazine World Expo Awards. The awards honour the most impressive work from Expo 2020 Dubai and aim to spotlight some of the best pavilions across 12 categories.

It was an amazing six months for the team at Tiaki, the Aotearoa New Zealand Pavilion's restaurant. On Wednesday 30 March, the night before Expo 2020 Dubai’s unforgettable closing, their hard work and dedication towards sharing our nation's food and beverage story was recognised at the What's On Awards with Tiaki winning the award for Highly Commended ‘Favourite Expo Food Concept'.

A heartfelt goodbye to our pavilion

On the evening of the 31 March, the Aotearoa New Zealand Pavilion’s teams gathered to say an emotional final farewell to the place we called our home for the past six months. Throughout the time of Expo 2020, the pavilion was a place of connection where we shared culture, kai (food) and countless memories.