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New Zealand Pavilion

New Zealand Pavilion

THEME: Cities of Nature: Living Between Land and Sky

PAVILION: Legend has it that the god Tane separated his parents, Earth and Sky, to create the world we live in. This Maori creation story will be brought to Expo 2010 through this Pavilion. Wedge-shaped, the Pavilion extends the story into a three-act play; the welcoming place (plaza), the interior and the roof garden.

New Zealand Pavilion Interior

EXHIBIT: A “Cities of Nature” experience in the Pavilion where visitors are taken through a day in the life of a composite New Zealand city starts with the sea, through the suburbs, the city center and out through the mountains; various themes will overlap in this – the progression of the day from dawn to dusk, from children to adults, New Zealand’s magnificent scenery, New Zealanders as multi-cultural, creative and vibrant. The welcoming place in front of the Pavilion is a physical manifestation of Rangi and Papa. The white canopy in the plaza representing sky is supported by pillars that represent a vertical forest. It is erected on the forecourt that represents Earth. When dawn breaks, a little girl dreams of Sky and Earth in her bedroom at Auckland Harbor. Visitors will see her mother making breakfast in a beach house, the girl drawing her dream at school, her father at work and finally the little girl showing her parents and grandparents her drawing of the creation story. This “day-in-the-life” journey is beautifully complimented by a rhythmic soundtrack across the entire interior of the Pavilion and melody soundtracks at each of the five stations. A simulated thunderstorm will take place in the Pavilion interior every seven minutes, representing the ever-changing weather in New Zealand. In the roof garden, visitors will find plants native to New Zealand such as ponga (tree ferns) or the Pohutukawa Tree, and walk along a thermal lake, common in the Rotorua region. Mist, steam and air cannons will create the illusion of hot water bubbling in the lake, which is from the throat of Ruaumoko, the youngest son of Rangi and Papa and according to Maori myth, the God of the underworld. Visitors can also touch a 1.8-ton jade boulder that stands for the heart of New Zealand. The boulder symbolizes the convergence of two jade cultures, as the Chinese and indigenous Maori of New Zealand share a common reverence for jade.

New Zealand Pavilion Exterior

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.


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