With just four months to go until the start of Expo 2020 Dubai, New Zealand is unveiling more detail, and a new video trailer, about how the nation’s theme of Care for People and Place will guide all the engagement, activities, and events undertaken at the mega events inside the New Zealand pavilion and beyond.
The theme is inspired by the indigenous environmental ethos of kaitiakitanga, the understanding that humans and nature are inextricably connected. It is a deep belief that humans have a responsibility to care and protect the land, sky and water and that nature will, in turn, provide and care for humans to sustain and safeguard a future for all. This Care for People and Place forms the theme for New Zealand’s pavilion and activities at Expo 2020 Dubai.
‘Our new video is a teaser as to what visitors can expect when they come to the New Zealand pavilion and an insight into our theme. As an inclusive and multicultural society, New Zealand takes a long – term, multi – generational view to both social and environmental issues, some of which can be seen in the footage. Our pavilion experience at Expo 2020 will demonstrate how we apply Care for People and Place to all facests of life, particularly when it comes to business, social inclusion, women’s empowerment, youth development, foot production and agriculture, pur primary sector. We believe this approach is helping to unlock significant economic advantage for New Zealand to leverage at Expo 2020‘, said Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand’s Commissioner – General to Expo 2020 Dubai.
The visitors experience within the New Zealand pavilion has been inspired by a key example of kaitiakitanga as in 2017, a world – first legal status was accorded to the Whanganui River in New Zealand. Under the legislation, the Whanganui River was and is recognised as a living entity, called Te Awa Tupua. The innovative legislation obligates the government, local authorities, and all communities of the river to work together under Tupua Te Kawa, the innate values of Te Awa Tupua. This important historical move from leading indigenous communities within New Zealand will form the base of a beautiful, immersive visitors experience which will leave guests with a deeper understanding as to why kaitiakitanga is so important to the planet. The experience will also show how and why Zew Zealand continues to push innovative and technology across a range of important business sectors such as agtech, healthcare and food and beverage production in order to care and protect.
‘The idea that we are individible from the natural world is expressed through every aspect of our pavilion experience – from the architecture and building facade which is designed to ripple with a pulse coupled with the thought – provoking cinematic storytelling, to the entertainment and cultural programme that highlights a huge breadth of talent and an outstanding restaurant which celebrate New Zealand produce that is always made with care‘, continued Kimpton.
The New Zealand Pavilion will also feature a full – service restaurant operated by Emirates Flight Catering, where visitors can teste the outstanding quality of the country’s food and beverage offering. Named ‘Tiaki‘ meaning to care, safeguard, protect and preserve in te reo Maori, the restaurant demonstrates New Zealand’s special connection to the land and sea – a relationship founded on respect and understanding that when nature thrives, we all thrive. The country’s lush, green pastures, fertile soil and cool, clear waters combine to grow outstanding, great – tasting, nutritious produce, from a trusted and safe source.
Beyong the design, experience and restaurant in the New Zealand pavilion, Care for People and Place lives throughout the country’s programming, entertainment and business interactions at Expo 2020.
In another world – first, New Zealand is leading on, and working with, international Indigenous and Tribal peoples to deliver the first ever Global Indigenous Symposium at a World Expo. Known as Te Aratini, it will be a culturally significant moment, which is set to elevate the contributions, unlimited potential, and insights that Indigenous Peoples offer in solving current and future global issues. The symposium will be held in November 2021, during Expo 2020’s Tolerance and Inclusivity Week. In the spirit of inclusivity, Te Aratini will spport attendees to develop a deeper and more holistic understanding of Indigenous Economic Inclusion and the converging roles of culture, community, commerce and conservation in the protection, maintenance and resurgence of the world’s indigenous economies from an indigenous perspective.
Expo 2020 Dubai presents a monumental opportunity for New Zealand to build on its already reputable international brand and generate economic benefits through increased trade and investment, particularly for its rapidly growing export sectors of agritech, healthcare, manufacturing and food and beverage. New Zealand exports are expected to travel to Dubai during the six months of Expo 2020 to engage with international business leaders, promote innovations and seek investment.
Care for People and Place also extends to future generations through extensive learning experiences and opportunities which will be showcased at Expo 2020. These programmes have been designed to support the growth of future leaders and include the Global Kaitiakitanga Project for young entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to world issues and a trainee chef programme which will see four talented young cheds from New Zealand work alongside professional chefs from Emirates Flight Catering in the Tiaki restaurant for a once – in – lifetime experience which will pringboard their careers.
A vibrant entertainment and cultural programme highlighting the country’s unique talent, creativity, diversity, and contemporary nature will surprise and deligh the crowds and digital participants at Expo 2020 giving insight on how caring and entertaining people is part of New Zealand’s rich culture. The programme has been curated and developed by New Zealand – born choregrapher Parris Goebel who has placed particular emphasis on dancers, singers and street artists with Maori and Pasifika roots. One of New Zealand’s best – loved groups, Six60, was rencently confirmed as part of the first group to play to large crowds in sold out stadium, in the wake of the Covid – 19 pandemic.