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

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.  

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.