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Business leaders to focus on leveraging APEC 2021 for New Zealand

5 March 2020
Preparations for NZ's hosting of APEC 2021 are stepping up with the formation of a Business Leadership Group, which will provide advice to the Government and other entities involved in hosting APEC.

Chair of the APEC 2021 CEO Summit Committee Barbara Chapman CNZM, APEC New Zealand Deputy Secretary Andrea Smith and New Zealand’s lead representative on APEC’s Business Advisory Council Rachel Taulelei after the launch of the APEC Business Leadership Group in Auckland.

“For New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific region represents by far the majority of our export trade. There is no doubt that the Asia-Pacific economy is the key to our future prosperity”, Ms Chapman says.

“Hosting APEC will give New Zealand the opportunity to take a leadership role and to showcase our country through the eyes of visiting Asia-Pacific leaders, and the businesspeople and international media who accompany them.”

“This is a significant opportunity for us in New Zealand, and it’s important we get as much as we possibly can out of hosting such an influential group of people in our country in 2021.”

Ms Taulelei says APEC has delivered a great deal to our business community since it was founded in 1989.

“APEC’s work in deepening trade links around the region and reducing trade barriers and costs has made it easier for New Zealand companies to do business with many of our key trading partners” she adds.

“The Business Leadership Group will encourage New Zealand businesses to understand the importance of APEC for their business operations and to take advantage of the opportunities surrounding the APEC meetings to promote successful Kiwi businesses and products”.

The Business Leadership Group will be supported by APEC New Zealand, the all of Government team responsible for the APEC hosting year.

It will bring together people who have experience in APEC with leaders from a range of existing business groups including representation from each of the three cities hosting APEC meetings - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

A list of the Group’s members is shown below.

For further information contact:

Cas Carter
Communications Director, APEC NZ
Mobile: +64 21 341 509


APEC21 Business Leadership Group


Barbara Chapman Chair, APEC 2021 CEO Summit Committee

Rachel Taulelei Member, APEC Business Advisory Council



Malcolm Bailey, Chair, NZ International Business Forum

Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Roger Beaumont, Chief Executive, NZ Bankers Association

Rachel Brown CEO, Sustainable Business Network

Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, Business New Zealand

Traci Houpapa, Chair, Federation of Māori Authorities

Chris Insley, Chair, Te Taumata

Malcolm Johns, Member, APEC Business Advisory Council

John Milford, Chief Executive, Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Toni Moyes, Member, APEC Business Advisory Council

Graeme Muller, Chief Executive, NZ Tech Alliance

Mitchell Pham, Chair, New Zealand Tech Alliance

Phil O’Reilly, Past member, APEC Business Advisory Council

Katherine Rich, Past member, APEC Business Advisory Council

Fran O’Sullivan, Director, NZ INC.

Roger Partridge, Chairman, NZ Initiative

Greg Shanahan, Managing Director, Technology Investment Network

Leeann Watson, Chief Executive, Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

Fraser Whineray, Chair, PM’s Business Advisory Council

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