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Indigenous inclusion at APEC 2021 Ngā Kaupapa Iwi
Taketake o APEC 2021

Rangatahi Māori identified as delegates for APEC Voices of the Future and CEO Summit 2021

Te Rangitūkupu, the APEC Māori Partnership Group, is pleased to announce the rangatahi Māori selected as delegates to attend APEC Voices of the Future and CEO Summit 2021 during APEC Leaders Week.

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Indigenous to Indigenous Dialogue

Building international indigenous trade, enterprises and communities was at the heart of the discussion at Te Manawatōpū: of one heart and mind, a virtual Indigenous to Indigenous Dialogue on 15 October. 

Indigenous speakers from across the region shared experiences of building their communities and economies to grow international Indigenous trade.

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Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa - 
Welcome to New Zealand

We are growing indigenous inclusion across the Asia-Pacific region by demonstrating New Zealand’s partnership with Māori and inclusive approach by connecting indigenous peoples to the work of APEC.   

Our indigenous narrative

APEC 2021 is our opportunity to advance economic cooperation amongst the 270 million indigenous peoples across the Asia-Pacific region.

This has never been more important. As whanau, communities, economies, and, as a region, we are reeling from a global pandemic that has shaken the health of our people and the health of our economies. COVID-19 is having a significant disproportionate economic impact on indigenous peoples across the region. Getting back on track will only come from working together with our own interests and each other’s at heart.

Our mahi during Aotearoa New Zealand’s host year weaves together three important strands. Our vision is to advance the inclusion of indigenous peoples' knowledge, perspectives and experiences in the region's trade and economic policy settings.

Creating a legacy

We want APEC economies to recognise that indigenous inclusion is important and that it continues to be talked about (kaupapa) beyond our host year.

An important focus during 2021 is addressing data gaps around the value of indigenous business and employment which are making it difficult for policymakers and indigenous peoples alike to respond in an informed and targeted manner.

“He Waka Eke Noa” – we are all in this canoe together. This Māori proverb demonstrates that we can accomplish great things when we work together. As we share information, ideas and experiences and lift each other up, we will be able to move forward together in our waka (or canoe), ensuring that no one is left behind.


Ngā Whainga Matua
Our APEC 2021 Indigenous Priorities


APEC 2021 is seeking to role model the principles of partnership and mutual respect embodied in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This means working closely with eight Māori entities to deliver our host year priorities and diversify the benefits of trade policy while ensuring Māori interests, tikanga and values are embedded in our APEC work.

Economic Inclusion

We are using our host year to grow support for indigenous economic inclusion among APEC economies. This is critical because of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities and businesses and the need to aid indigenous economic recovery.

Indigenous Connections

APEC 2021 is working to launch an Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement with willing APEC economies to enable greater trade and economic collaboration activities. Whanaungatanga guides our work in APEC to increase connections between Māori and Indigenous Peoples of the Asia-Pacific in the long term.

In December 2020, New Zealand held a pōwhiri to welcome the Asia-Pacific to APEC 2021. It set the tone for a year championing indigenous voices. 

Ngā korero mō te Māori About Maori in New Zealand

Māori economy

Māori have a long history in international trade. Today, the Māori economy includes a range of authorities, businesses, and employers. With their burgeoning economy and intergenerational outlook, Māori are well-positioned to grow economically and support New Zealand.

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Māori and the Crown

The Māori world view te ao Māori acknowledges the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living and non-living things. This holistic approach, seeking to understand the total system, not just parts of it, is at the heart of a Māori world view.

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Māori strengths and values

Māori values such as manaakitanga (respect and generosity), kaitiakitanga (guardianship), and whanaungatanga (relationships) have shaped Māori economic relationships for generations, and are increasingly being reflected in successful business enterprise.

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Join, Work, Grow. Together.
Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.