Hosting APEC in 2021
New Zealand hosts and chairs APEC in 2021. APEC is an opportunity to showcase regional leadership, advance interests in the Asia-Pacific and create new business for New Zealand companies.
To get the most out of hosting APEC, we are doing extensive stakeholder engagement to identify policy priorities, leveraging and supporting activities, and opportunities for Māori success, to deliver economic benefits beyond 2021.
We are investigating initiatives in areas such as:
- supporting pro-growth policies that promote sustainability and inclusion
- harnessing disruptive technologies
- advancing the cause of trade and investment liberalisation, traditionally described in APEC as 'regional economic integration'
- implementing APEC’s post-2020 vision.
New Zealand’s policy priorities will be finalised in late-2020.
A theme for New Zealand’s host year will be finalised following the General Election in 2020.
New Zealand’s approach to hosting APEC is underpinned by these strategic objectives:
New Zealand will host a secure APEC year ensuring all APEC Leaders and attendees feel safe, secure and welcome.
New Zealand will host a high-quality APEC year with all APEC attendees and Leaders experiencing friendly, authentic New Zealand hosting, from the first arrival to the last farewell.
New Zealand will shape the APEC policy agenda so that it better supports the advancement of New Zealand’s long-term prosperity.
New Zealand will fully exploit its investment in hosting the APEC year to demonstrate success on the international stage, to pursue bilateral meetings and visits with Leaders, Ministers and officials to sustain and refresh relationships, and to accelerate the achievement of broader objectives during the hosting year.
New Zealand will showcase its world-class capabilities, competitive advantages and natural resources to the media and Leaders of economies that represent 40% of the world’s population.
Business will strategically leverage the on-shore hosting of APEC to create new trade and investment opportunities and ultimately benefit the long-term prosperity of all New Zealanders.
Promote public support in favour of hosting APEC in New Zealand, and New Zealand’s role and place in the Asia-Pacific.
APEC 2021 is our chance to show the world what New Zealand can do and how we can do it. As New Zealanders, we are proud of our manaakitanga as hosts, and the breadth and inclusivity of our engagement.
New Zealand is known for being a team player, for being willing to listen, and for the flexibility and creativity of our thinking. But our strength will be in the integrity we bring to our work in 2021.
It’s this integrity which allows us to say from the heart, ‘Naku te rourou, Nau te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi’ – with your contribution and my contribution, the people will thrive.
APEC 2021 meeting locations
APEC meetings will be held in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. These cities have the capacity, capability, services and accommodation to hold and host the APEC meetings. Planning continues on specific venues.
APEC New Zealand is working closely with the Auckland hotel sector to book the necessary accommodation for Leaders’ Week in November 2021. We’re confident that Auckland will be able to accommodate the expected influx of visitors to the city during this period.
APEC 2021 meeting schedule
New Zealand will host the mandatory APEC meetings.
|Meeting||Held in||... is usually over||in||... and involves|
|Informal Senior Officials (ISOM)||Wellington||2 days||December 2020||around 300 attendees.|
|First Senior Officials (SOM1)||Wellington||14 days||February-March 2021||around 2,000 attendees.|
|Finance Deputies||Wellington||2 days||March 2021|
|Second Senior Officials (SOM2) and Ministers Responsible for Trade||Christchurch||14 days||May 2021||around 2,000 attendees.|
|Senior Finance Officials||Wellington||2 days||June 2021|
|Third Senior Officials (SOM3) and Food Security Week||Auckland||14 days||August-September 2021||around 3,500 attendees.|
|Ministers Responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)||Christchurch||3 days||August-September 2021||around 160 attendees.|
|Women and Economy Forum||Auckland||5 days||September 2021||around 720 attendees.|
|Ministers of Finance, Senior Finance Officials and Finance Deputies||Wellington||4 days||September-October 2021||around 300 attendees.|
Concluding Senior Officials Meeting (CSOM)
APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM)
Voices of the Future youth summit
APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)
APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM)
|Auckland||7 days||8-14 November 2021||around 10,000 attendees|
The new Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2021) Bill was introduced to the House on 14 November by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
APEC 2021 will be the largest international event ever hosted by the New Zealand Government, bringing with it complex security needs. Up to 20,000 visitors are expected throughout the year, including world leaders, ministers and international media.
To support security preparation, this temporary legislation has been introduced to provide effective and efficient protection during APEC events. The legislation will expire at the end of November 2021.
The APEC 2021 Bill is targeted to these key areas:
- Ensuring the NZ Police has the resources it needs - in terms of people and technology.
- During the leaders' event period of three weeks: temporary security and safety areas around key meeting locations and motorcades.
Hosting APEC is an important opportunity for New Zealand and New Zealanders to deepen our business connections and showcase our leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. The APEC 2021 Bill is an important part of the foundation for hosting a safe and successful APEC year.
Read the Cabinet decisions:
- Legislative Enablers for Hosting and Securing the APEC Meetings in 2021 [PDF, 1.2 MB]
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2021) Bill: Approval for Introduction [PDF, 958 KB]
- Regulatory Impact Summary: Legislative enablers for hosting and securing the Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC) meetings in 2021 [PDF, 393 KB]
- Frequently asked questions [PDF, 125 KB]
Other major events
New Zealand’s hosting of APEC is one significant point in a range of big international events around this time including:
- Rugby World Cup 2019 - Japan
- Expo 2020 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Olympics 2020 - Tokyo, Japan
- 36th America’s Cup 2021 - Auckland, New Zealand
- Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 - New Zealand
Together, these will have a significant and cumulative impact on New Zealand’s international profile.