New Zealand’s pavilion for Expo 2020 will explore the idea that everything is connected through the theme Care for People and Place.
The 2,000 square-metre pavilion will feature an exhibition experience, a restaurant showcasing the best of New Zealand cuisine and corporate hosting facilities that will be available for New Zealand businesses to hire throughout the six-month World Expo.
The pavilion is designed by Jasmax architects with Special Group working on the creative storytelling.
The pavilion was inspired by waka taonga, receptacles made by Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, to safe-guard items of considerable intrinsic value. The beautifully carved containers called waka huia and papahou, are important cultural symbols for protection and the maintenance of values and practices. They were gifted to strengthen relationships, create new partnerships and maintain traditions and stories from one generation to the next.
The architectural concept uses the waka taonga as a way of bringing people together and it reflects the 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' theme of Expo 2020.
At Expo 2020, we will present the pavilion as our waka taonga - a receptacle for essential aspects of New Zealand’s identity and values. New Zealand’s gift to the world is our kaitiakitanga, our 'Care for People and Place'.