NZ Pavilion Expo
2020 Dubai

New Zealand’s gift to the world is our Kaitiakitanga

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Project Details

Client New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Sector Culture & Community
Location Dubai
Discipline Architecture, Interior Design
Status Complete 2020


Jasmax are proud to be delivering the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. With Principal Architect Matthew Glubb, our design team are leading the multi-disciplinary design consortium, which includes Karl Johnsone from Haumi as the team’s creative storyteller. 

The pavilion theme is kaitiakitanga, our care for people and place and for future generations. The pavilion was inspired by waka taonga, receptacles made by Māori to safe-guard items of considerable intrinsic value.


The beautifully carved containers, which included waka huia and papahou are important cultural symbols for protection and the maintenance of values and practices. They were also gifted to consolidate relationships, create new partnerships and maintain traditions and stories from one generation to the next.

The theme was also inspired by the by the world-first legal status accorded to the Whanganui River in 2017 as a living entity, called Te Awa Tupua. This recognition 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. These values encapsulate Whanganui Iwi kaitiakitanga.

NZTE and Whanganui Iwi Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai