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Ardern letter stored in Apec ‘time capsule’ for 20 years

An Apec-branded Covid face mask, a handwritten letter from Jacinda Ardern to a future NZ Prime Minister and even a copy of the Herald’s Apec 2021 supplement are among items being tucked away within a time capsule which will be “unearthed” when New Zealand next hosts Apec. In her letter to a future prime minister, Ardern expresses her hope – for the sake of everyone – “that you don’t find yourself hosting in the middle of a pandemic!”

“May your time as chair be smooth, with all leaders showing up on time, totally engaged, and ready to change the world for the better,” she wrote. When New Zealand last hosted Apec in 1999 all the political leaders from the other 20 economies (bar one) turned up in person. There were even three official State visits. This year was markedly different with all events and meetings held virtually.

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