APEC Voices New Zealand is a unique opportunity for future leaders to learn about APEC and to explore issues relating to international trade.


Each year delegates are selected to take part in the international APEC Voices programme - a youth leadership and educational diplomacy programme that occurs in parallel with the APEC CEO Summit. The Voices programme allows young leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region to experience the APEC CEO summit, to meet international leaders and to better understand their  peers. 


The programme was launched in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 at the APEC Malaysia Summit, developed and directed by the VTM Foundation International in cooperation with Malaysia ABAC. The VTM Foundation International, Washington, leads the Voices of the Future initiative and has encouraged other APEC economies to involve young people. New Zealand became involved when the US VTM attended the APEC Leaders’ and CEO summit in Auckland in 1999. Students from a number of APEC economies attended.The programme has developed since the first event in Malaysia, and now enjoys support from many APEC economies and business leaders.


Since then, New Zealand youth delegates have attended Voices summits held in Brunei (2000), Mexico (2002), Chile (2004), Korea (2005), Vietnam (2006), Australia (2007), Peru (2008), Singapore (2009), Japan (2010), Honolulu, USA (2011) Vladivostok, Russia (2012), Indonesia (2013), China (2014) and the Philippines (2015).