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Latin America
Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence

The vast and vibrant region of Latin America encompasses 20 countries. With a population of almost 650 million from a variety of ancestries, ethnic groups, and races, the region is one of the most diverse in the world. New Zealand has a lot in common with Latin America, and we are increasingly recognising its growing importance to our economy

The Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (Latin America CAPE) is committed to bringing New Zealand closer to Latin America and to raising New Zealanders’ awareness of this region. Through a range of innovative programmes, we inspire a passion for Latin America among young Kiwis, foster business interest in Latin American markets, deepen connections between New Zealanders engaged with that region, support trans-Pacific capability, and enable intercultural learning.

The Latin America CAPE delivers a range of in-country and digital learning and professional development opportunities, including:

Business

Interactive workshops, expert seminars and accessible resources to help exporters grow their Latin American relationships - identifying areas of focus, developing and refining ideas, and discussing how those ideas can be turned into action. We also provide in-depth research about New Zealanders’ perceptions of Latin America, as well as Latin Americans’ perceptions of us, to support better understanding and key points for business engagement and trade

Online tools and resources for teachers, include an award winning digital tool, allowing students to virtually visit Machu Picchu Pueblo in Peru. Bespoke programmes designed to support teachers and students with Spanish language learning from primary to tertiary levels. Our ‘Winds of Change’ programme brings together New Zealand and Chilean postgraduate students to investigate common climate change issues and how sustainable development strategies can be created for the future

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Latin America CAPE Hub

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“Latin America is a market that not many are exploring but Māori are looking to diversification of their assets, looking to the future -- where to next, so this report will become part of the repertoire that we can use to encourage thinking outside of the box … It will also allow us to explore future opportunities, supporting Māori along the value chain ... We will build on the report and are very sad that we can't have [both interns] working on this further!"

Business participant, Market Insights Programme

“It was my pleasure to be part of this amazing initiative that contributes to LatAm and NZ to share their culture, business approaches, challenges and opportunities. Both people/countries can work even closer to build a better future. We have a lot to share and learn [from] each other.”

2019 Globalista-in-Action mentor

“The Latin America CAPE is in a unique position in NZ to provide activities and programmes to develop and grow New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of Latin America. The LatAm CAPE has a dedicated focus on the region and the resources to take on this challenge. Anything they do contributes to the growth, and that can be through an interaction with one, or a group of students to publicly available collateral and stories that talk to the relationship between NZ and Latin America. It all helps to build on what has come before and to shape up what is to come.”

Brendan Mahar, NZTE Latin America Market Manager

“ I hope it continues to grow and expands its network to strengthen relations between Chile and New Zealand in terms of carrying out projects that help mitigate and provide effective solutions to the problems caused by climate change”

2020 Winds of Change participant

“It massively improved my confidence, upscaled my ability to think and live in the language, and drove home the opportunities for career and life enrichment provided through knowing Spanish”

2020 Puertas Abiertas student participant

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