Māori have an opportunity to make a meaningful, authentic and impactful contribution to Aotearoa’s hosting of APEC.

In 2021, New Zealand can strengthen its reputation as an inclusive society and a leader in indigenous development. It can also generate new economic value and an enhanced contribution by Māori to the Asia-Pacific region.

Benefits for Māori

Hosting APEC 2021 in Aotearoa brings benefits for Māori:

and operations
  • Integrating a Māori style of welcome and hosting
  • Creating supplier opportunities for Māori businesses
  • Creating workforce development opportunities
  • Hosting Māori events alongside APEC 2021
and legacy
  • Showcasing Māori businesses, products and services
  • Māori models of governance and partnership
  • Te reo Māori initiatives
  • Being active in APEC discussions
  • Having Māori economic leaders in key roles
  • Developing policy capability amongst Māori policy practitioners

Engaging with Māori

New Zealand’s APEC host year is underpinned by the whakatauki: “nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi”  – with your contribution and my contribution, the people will thrive.

It highlights our desire to work collaboratively with Māori and all of government to deliver APEC.

2019 is a pivotal year to actively engage with Māori to ensure meaningful relationships are built. Appointing a Principal Adviser Māori two years before the host year begins is a genuine commitment to engaging with Māori early and seeking meaningful outcomes.