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NZ Alumni


Melanie Roundill

Josh Ellwood

Kaylen Hojdelewicz

Mareikura Ikin


Shisla Macleod

Sophie Handford

Jess Jenkins

Lit Wei Chin


Hannah Pattullo

Micah Thompson

Api Taiapa

Marcella Maihi


Anne-Sophie Pagé 

Jes Sweetman

Tracy Han

Zachary George-Neich


Courtney Davies

Tom Wylie

Te Puritanga Jefferies

Izzy Stangl


Kendra Titheridge

Bradleigh Cherrington

Maisie Prior

Faix Salim


David Purdue

Matiu Fletcher

Nathan Tse

Emily Swan

James Jung


Cowan Finch

Hana Maihi

Jordan Grey

George Nelson

Emily Swan


Tim McCready

Emily Swan

Sarah Fagan


Arena Williams

Sudhvir Singh

Melody Cooper

Nick Barry


Georgia Cameron

Bowen Pan

Thomas Ding

Matariki Williams


Blair Paterson

Jennifer Donnelly

Kimberley Maxwell

Matthew Anderson


Neeharika Chowdary

Andrew Harrison

Jordan Taylor

Sacha Murray


Sonia Bertelsen

Jia Du

Scott Thompson

Shay Wright


Quynh Nguyen (Bridget)

Dominique Hayward

Rachel Helms

Blair Paterson


Ainsley Thompson

Darren Park

Andre Tringham

Jane Exeter


Eamonn Deverall

David Stevens

Hester Goodwin

Alumni: Text

A past delegate's experience

Shay Wright, Head of Māori Development at the Icehouse

What did the APEC experience mean to you?

It’s been seven years since I attended the International APEC Summit in Australia.  And it was probably one of the biggest learning adventures of my life. I was exposed to so many new conversations and experiences that it literally defined a ‘new normal’ for me. 

In just one short week at APEC I understood the role of trade and foreign relations. I developed connections to aspiring and current leaders.  And I began to comprehend the absolute enormity of the world’s challenges and issues. 

I was exposed to a whole range of new words like ‘trade proliferation’, ‘multilateral agreements’ and ‘Doha round’.  I found out what cologne was, and what tequila was. I was there when the Free Trade Agreement with China was signed. Until that point I’d never thought as deeply about how we solve the global issues and the issues that the Pacific Rim faces.  My mind was awakened.

So what have you done since?

Ever since then trade, international affairs and global issues have shaped a lot of the things I have sunk my teeth into. Having gained a basic understanding at APEC, I have learned how these concepts apply on the ground working with business owners to grow their businesses internationally. 

I have been a member of the Advisory Board of the NZ-US Council and in 2013 was fortunate enough to attend the bi-annual NZ-US Partnership Forum in Washington D.C. where another Pacific Trade Agreement was the centre of attention: the Trans Pacific Partnership.

I must say that having the exposure to APEC has made me wary of the huge amounts of resource that countries pour into trade and diplomacy and I’m still figuring out how beneficial it is.  But it is only through the experience that we will truly comprehend it. 

Would you recommend APEC Voices?

There are few events that have had as much impact on me as the APEC Summit. Important things are talked about. Some of them are advanced. Going in hungry will mean you get so much out of the experience. I can’t speak of it highly enough and thank the organisers for allowing me to participate. 

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