Media release 1 February 2001
"APEC for university students" begins in Auckland tonight
AIESEC, the world's largest university student leadership organisation, begins its week-long "Asia-Pacific Leadership
Development Seminar" in Auckland tonight, Thursday 1 February, at Waipuna Conference Centre.
The conference, the equivalent of "APEC for university students", involves over 200 students from 15 Asia-Pacific
countries and around the world. The conference will be opened by Auckland Mayor Christine Fletcher and leading business
woman and publisher Wendy Pye. The conference also involves local business people and Trade New Zealand representatives.
The weeklong conference provides a forum for youth leaders to forge international partnerships and discuss how today's
young leaders can positively influence the issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region.
The Opening Ceremony, on Thursday 1 February, will feature Mayor of Auckland Christine Fletcher, Wendy Pye of the Wendy
Pye Group, 3M New Zealand Limited and an array of other corporate supporters.
AIESEC is the world's largest student leadership organisation spanning 85 countries. For over 50 years, it has promoted
internationalism and youth development, as well as building an awareness of different societal issues. AIESEC's efforts
are recognised internationally by institutions such as the United Nations, UNESCO, 3M, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oracle,
Coca Cola and many not-for-profit groups.
For more information contact: Helen Ha, Conference Organiser on (025) 293 9232 Stephen Knightly, Consultus New Zealand
on (09) 9131 833 or (021) 656 063