DUBAI, – The New Zealand Pavilion has conducted a traditional dawn ritual to dedicate the pavilion’s ‘mauri’, or life-force, the central part of the pavilion’s visitor experience, one day before the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The ceremony, performed by Whanganui Iwi tribal members who traveled from New Zealand, began outside the pavilion with the blowing of the conch shell, followed by calls of acknowledgment of interconnectedness with the natural and spiritual realms.
There were chants and incantations throughout the exhibition space, as the group walked from room to room. Lending a local touch to the ceremony, Emirati cultural troupes welcomed New Zealand to Expo 2020.
The New Zealand Pavilion is inspired by the Maori value of ‘kaitiakitanga’, which celebrates the kinship between life, people and the environment.
Expo 2020 Dubai, which runs from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, is the world’s biggest cultural gathering, dedicated to bringing together people, communities, and 192 nations to build bridges, inspire action and deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges.