A country, no matter how beautiful and mesmerizing, is all about her people. Their laughter, their cries, smiles and emotions, are subtleties that make a street-name or shop more than what it is. In New Zealand, the term ‘Whanau’ takes family further; physically, emotionally and spiritually.

In Part 1 of our trip to New Zealand, RICE’s very own Grace Yeoh finds human connections in Auckland’s subcultures and gains deep and meaningful experiences with different people, embracing a culture of Whanau.

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