New Zealand will host APEC in 2021. APEC will bring decision-makers and leaders from across the Asia-Pacific to New Zealand and create significant opportunities for New Zealand to promote its economic interests with trading nations including China, the US and Japan.

The Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing economic region in the world and APEC is its leading economic forum. APEC 2021 will be the largest event ever hosted by the New Zealand Government and is an opportunity for New Zealand to shine on the international stage.

APEC involves a 12-month period of hosting from December 2020 to November 2021. 

APEC meetings will be held in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Leaders' Week in Auckland

APEC attracts 18,000 to 22,000 attendees (leaders, ministers, senior officials, business leaders, media and youth) to 12 significant events held throughout the year, reaching a pinnacle with the APEC Leaders' Week.

Around 10,000 attendees are expected for Leaders’ Week alone. The New Zealand Government has confirmed that APEC Leaders’ Week will be held in Auckland, 8-14 November 2021, with other meetings and events to be spread across other large cities. 

Auckland to host APEC 2021 Leader's Week (external link)

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Procurement opportunities

APEC 2021 includes opportunities for suppliers in the following areas:

  • Provision of vehicles
  • Host broadcaster services for Leaders’ Week
  • Audio visual services
  • Parking facilities
  • ICT services
  • Catering
  • Communications and branding
  • Translation services
  • Photography
  • Venue fit-outs
  • Security

Selection procedures

Our selection procedures follow the New Zealand Government Rules of Sourcing to ensure transparent, efficient, effective and fair use of public funds.

The Ministry sources suppliers through open tender opportunities; closed competitive tenders; supplier panels, including All-of-Government Panels; syndicated contracts; and sole sourcing where appropriate. 

Open tender opportunities are posted on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website (external link).

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