MALAYSIA, 30 October 2017: The New Zealand haka was one of the key highlights of the Discover Aotearoa New Zealand Festival held at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur from 25-29 October 2017.
Performed by artists from the New Zealand M?ori Arts and Crafts Institute / Te Puia in Rotorua, the haka drew a large crowd of impressed onlookers and showcased a powerful element of New Zealand’s culture, which is a symbol of community and strength.
Many aspects of New Zealand’s unique culture were on display at the festival, which was held with the support of the New Zealand Government through Manat? Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Cultural Diplomacy International Programme.
New Zealand’s high-quality food and beverage, innovative technology, world-class education and picturesque landscapes were all highlighted during the five day festival, which was an opportunity to celebrate the strong friendship between New Zealand and Malaysia and mark sixty years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“New Zealand and Malaysia have a history of strong and friendly links in a number of areas including trade, tourism, education, security and defence and our relationship continues to grow. Holding the Discover Aotearoa New Zealand festival has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this vibrant partnership, in addition to sharing the New Zealand story with our Malaysian friends.
“We hope that through cultural exchanges and events like these we can further deepen our bilateral relationship and work alongside Malaysia to reach even greater heights on the international stage,” says New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Dr John Subritzky.
For more pictures from the Discover Aotearoa New Zealand festival, please visit the New Zealand High Commission’s Facebook page here.