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APEC Voices 2024

APEC Voices of the Future is a youth leadership and educational diplomacy programme that runs in parallel with the APEC CEO Summit. It brings together young people from across the Asia-Pacific region to collaborate on global issues, experience the Summit and engage with international leaders.

​Four young people aged 18-24 are selected each year to form a delegation, representing Aotearoa New Zealand at the APEC Voices of the Future programme at an international youth Summit.

​The APEC Voices of the Future programme in Aotearoa New Zealand is run by the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) in partnership with the APEC Voices Trust and Te Puni Kōkiri.

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Application Process

Applications are currently closed.

As well as answering a series of questions, you’ll be asked to upload a letter of reference and a one-minute video introducing yourself and showcasing your key personal strengths.

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Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the programme, you must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 24 at the time of the overseas programme

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

  • Be available to attend a series of online and in-person pre-departure activities

  • Be available to attend the overseas programme with a valid passport at the time of travel.

  • Preference may be given to those who have not previously been awarded a CAPEs or government-sponsored overseas opportunity.

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What we are looking for

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, maximising your potential to develop networks with peers, international leaders and businesses through the programme.

  • Leadership potential demonstrated through your previous experience in your community, programmes, activities, or educational opportunities.

  • Have an understanding of the significance of Māori and Indigenous and how indigenous worldviews shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s place on the global stage.

  • Fundamental knowledge of Tikanga Māori & Te Reo Māori is an advantage.

  • Awareness of current issues in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region, and how they might relate to each other.

  • Strong motivation to build on your existing knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as your intercultural skillset.

  • A desire to use this opportunity to support your community in Aotearoa New Zealand, and a long-term commitment to the continued success of APEC Voices.

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What is covered by the Programme?

Selected applicants will be provided with the following at no cost for their full participation in the programme:

  • Transport to and from in-person activities (this refers to domestic or international flights when required; when flights are required, members will be responsible for getting themselves to their local airport and back home from the local airport)

  • Hotel accommodation (generally twin-shared, unless stated differently) if an overnight stay is required

  • Travel insurance, vaccination, and visa costs if applicable

  • All in-activity expenses, including meals

  • Course materials and any professional-development programme costs

Anything outside of this package shall be borne by the participants.

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What will be required of delegates?

  • Selected applicants must attend an orientation session and other predeparture sessions.  Dates and times will be discussed and agreed with successful applicants.

  • Complete the required travel documentation and other pre-departure requirements.  We will assist with this and coordinate it where possible.

  • Fully take part in the in-country APEC Voices programme which may include short speeches to other delegates, contributing to the preparation of the Youth Declaration, taking part in a cultural performance that represents Aotearoa New Zealand, and speaking up in discussion sessions.

  • Delegates will be required to complete a report on their experience, and take part in any promotional publicity related to APEC Voices of the Future which may be provided in form of a communication briefing, sharing your experience online, and seeking other ways to share your experience with the media, or through organisations you’re part of. In accepting this opportunity, you also agree to acknowledge the CAPEs when sharing your experience about the programme, e.g. tagging the CAPEs social media handles when posting online.

  • Selected applicants must be available for participation in the full programme leading up to the APEC Voices of the Future programme, as well as a debriefing session following the Summit. Selected applicants also agree to share their experience and insights at agreed events following the Summit and with future delegations by mutual agreement.

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete surveys and provide the CAPEs with regular feedback (guidelines will be provided).

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Our Partners

Working in partnership with the Voices NZ Trust are the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) and Te Puni Kōkiri.

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