Programmes to be continued in 2020

We will continue to run business, education and public engagement programmes during 2020. Several of our most successful programmes that have delivered the most impact for New Zealand and New Zealanders are off to a great start. Some of these projects are cross-CAPE while others are our own and targeted at SMEs who export, students and academics and the New Zealand public. 

Our programmes always aim to offer practical assistance to exporters, challenge perceptions about Latin America, explore the potential to broaden New Zealand's trade with the region, developing young peoples’ ability to become global citizens and supporting teachers, while leveraging the region’s cultural uniqueness through public engagement opportunities such as the Latin American and Spain Film Festival.

See below for the programmes that will continue will continue in 2020.

Please click on the following project themes for specific projects or scroll down the page to see our overall portfolio:

Business Engagement

New Zealand doing Business with Latin America

A short documentary series showcasing New Zealanders doing business with Latin America. Watch the 2019 documentary series, Inside Guide: Exploring Kiwi Success in Brazil on our website.

Latin American Market Awareness courses 

Face to face courses on exporting to Latin America that feature business and academic speakers from New Zealand and Latin America. Unique and region-specific business and cultural competence related content will be included.

Market Insights Programme* 

A guided internship programme that matches tertiary students with businesses interested in Latin America and builds on a successful 2018 and 2019 programme.

Te Hōnonga-ā-Kiwa: Strengthening Māori Business Capability  

Programmes and activities to enhance engagement with Latin America for Māori students that build on the LatAm CAPE mobility programme piloted in Chile in 2018 and 2019. This year the programme will be held in Brazil. 

Young Professionals Network

Launching of a network that unites young professionals and provides a return experience for students and interns who have been on tertiary mobility programmes.

Market Perceptions Research: Harnessing Latin America Trade Opportunities

Infographics and reports that show how Latin Americans think of themselves, New Zealand and provides insight on how to do business with the region. Building on the successful 2019 reports of Mexico and Chile, this year the research will likely be conducted in Brazil and Colombia. 

New Zealand, Latin America, and the new Asia-Pacific Trade Environment

Seminars on Mexico as a new trade partner and on New Zealand and Chilean views on Asia-Pacific and inclusive trade.

Cultural Acumen Tourism Training*

Resources for SMEs in the tourism sector, including tools to support business capability and cultural competence.

Education Engagement

Toitoi *


A Latin America-themed special issue of this journal for young writers will be produced and sent to schools and libraries throughout New Zealand; this year the edition will also be digitalised. 

Indigenous Language Revitalisation


4 Māori leaders in indigenous language revitalisation will travel to Mexico City and Oaxaca to run a Wānanga (workshop) with indigenous peoples and government officials and continue conversations on developing successful language revitalisation programmes.


Teaching for the Asia-Pacific website *


This website holds the NCEA resources about Latin America that the University of Waikato has been developing and other partners (e.g., Young Enterprise) since 2018 with their global competence projects.

He Aputahi TakeTake: Indigenous Teacher Exchange

Continuing on from the Māori and Mapuche (Chile) dialogue in Chile last year, this year a delegation of Mapuche principals, teachers and youth leaders will come to New Zealand to formalise a partnership. 

Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiatives with Young Enterprise

Groups of senior high school students will travel to Mexico and Argentina to experience business in a Latin American context. This year, a group of Business Studies teachers will visit Colombia where they will develop case study materials. 


Culture and Languages in the Classroom *


This project aims to build on the successes of its 2019 pilot and the Toitoi project. This year, it will scale up both projects by connecting networks, sharing resources with teachers and classrooms across the country and carrying out applied research. The project will be delivered in person and online.

Building Global Community *

Student volunteers delivered workshops in primary and intermediate schools across the South Island to engage students by sharing language and cultural knowledge of the three CAPE regions. 

Public Engagement

Omnibus Poll

A poll building on 2019's results on New Zealanders’ awareness of Latin America will be commissioned.

Civic Events

We will identify and leverage events that have the potential to elevate Latin America’s profile among the wider public.

LASFF 2020

Support will be given to the annual Latin America and Spain Film Festival organised by the Latin American and Spanish embassies in New Zealand.

 * Denotes projects that are shared with one or both other CAPEs.

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