May 03, 2018
Waka taonga inspiration for Dubai showcase
Maori themes feature strongly in the design of New Zealand’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters showed a model of the pavilion to the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at a meeting in Wellington this week.
The 2000 square metre pavilion is inspired by waka taonga, receptacles made by Maori to safe-guard items of considerable intrinsic value.
It’s being designed by a team led by Jasmax architects and features an exhibition space, restaurant, design store and hosting facilities.
The pavilion will be located in Expo 2020’s Sustainability District.
The design aims to show that New Zealand’s gift to the world is its unique kaitiakitanga approach to sustainability, its care for people and place and for future generations.
Up to 25 million visitors are expected in Dubai for the six month World Expo from October 2020, with 180 participating nations showcasing their economic and trade capabilities alongside their culture and values.
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