Here's children's author Joy Cowley, giving one of seven speeches that were heard at the opening ceremony.
Te Mātārae I Orehu calling people into the pavilion.
Soprano Aivale Cole stands barefoot in the water singing, while mezzo-soprano Sarah Castle sings from the comfort of a bed.
Tatau Dance Group with performance poet Ole Maiava.
Te Mātātare i Orehu on the pavilion stage.
The perfomance begins under a midnight-dark sky, stars reflected in flat water, as actor Matu Ngaporo narrates the story of Ranginui and Papatuanuku, the sky father and earth mother whose tight embrace is broken by their children so that light can exist in the world.
The history of story-telling in New Zealand is told in the pavilion experience. Here are screens of favourite stories for New Zealand children.
Image credits: Lisa Gardiner