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Auckland Council

Connecting Auckland to the world

Te Hono i a Tāmaki Makaurau ki te ao

Trade missions and business delegations

Trade missions and business delegations enhance Auckland's international connectivity. They strengthen business, political and cultural relationships in strategically important markets.

Companies from Auckland's priority sectors:

  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • food and beverage
  • investment
  • international education
  • entertainment (TV, screen and digital)

are invited to participate on these delegations.

We work with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and other partners and stakeholders to deliver these international initiatives.

Past trade missions

In the past three years, Auckland business delegations have visited Australia, China, Korea, the Pacific, Taiwan and the United States (Los Angeles).

These missions have resulted in:

  • city-led initiatives e.g. Tripartite Economic Alliance
  • Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and joint venture signings
  • new project collaborations
  • investment opportunities
  • valuable business and cultural connections
  • new business development
  • creation of jobs
  • ongoing negotiations and relationships with our partner cities.

Tripartite Economic Alliance

The Tripartite Economic Alliance is an economic agreement among three cities – Auckland, Guangzhou and Los Angeles - to work together to create jobs and enhance trade and economic opportunities.

The three cities have identified four sectors where they will focus their energy on substantial cooperation: innovation, entertainment (TV, screen, digital), tourism, and education.

The agreement formalises a high-level political and strategic commitment, and initially will be three years long, with an option to extend if all the cities agree.

The inaugural Tripartite Economic Alliance Summit was held in Los Angeles in June 2015. Auckland hosted the second in May 2016, and Guangzhou will host in 2017.

For more information on the Los Angeles visit please read our case study:

Asian Pacific Children’s Convention (Fukuoka, Japan)

Auckland is annually invited to attend the Asian Pacific Children’s Convention, by virtue of our partner city relationship with Fukuoka City, signed in 1986.

Each year, six 11-year olds from Auckland are invited to attend the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan. Over 200 ‘Junior Ambassadors’ are invited from over 33 nations around the Asian-Pacific.

The convention aims to nurture understanding and respect, thereby equipping our future community leaders.

We jointly administer the APCC programme with the successful school in the Auckland region.

  • Application information is sent to all eligible schools (248 schools) in the Auckland region in August/September.
  • The school is then selected on the basis of their application and weighted criteria.