New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile


Experts from New Zealand and Chile recently met in Chile to share experiences and knowledge on the conservation and management of wetlands and peat lands.


A “Doing Business with the Asia Pacific” seminar was organised by Peru’s Ministry of Trade and Tourism on 27 October. The aim of the seminar was to allow TPP participating countries the opportunity to showcase what they have to offer, and to give small and medium-sized enterprises in Peru an introduction to the business environment in other TPP countries.


The Embassy was pleased to support the recent visit to Santiago by two New Zealand Antarctic scientists: Dr Ed Butler, Antarctica New Zealand and Professor Craig Cary, University of Waikato. The scientists participated in the workshop" Chilean and New Zealand Antarctic Science Programs: Opportunities for Cooperation" that formed part of the 8th Meeting of Chilean Antarctic Research. The aim of the workshop was to explore opportunities for more mutually beneficial antarctic science cooperation.


The Chilean National Emergency Office (ONEMI) has lowered the official alert for the Hudson volcano from Red to Yellow. The alert remains in force for the regions of Aysén, Río Ibáñez and Chile Chico (all in southern Chile).  

While seismic activity in the area of the Hudson volcano has reduced substantially, the alert notice emphasizes that the earlier episode appears to be part of an ongoing process which could again become a major eruption. 


The New Zealand Ambassador Rosemary Paterson, together with the Executive Director of the Forum of Chilean Higher Education (AEQUALIS), former Chilean Minister of Education Monica Jimenez de la Jara, hosted a meeting at the Embassy in August on Maori qualifications and quality assurance.


The Chilean Minister of Environment, María Ignacia Benítez Pereira visited New Zealand between the 24 and 27 of September. During her visit, the Minister met with the New Zealand Minister of Enviornment, Hon Nick Smith and the Minister Responsible for Climate Change Negotiations, Hon Tim Groser.


The WHS for 2011/12 is closed. 1000 applications are currently being processed, but this does not mean that they will all be approved, and there may be opportunities further ahead to receive further applications. In the meantime, we suggest that you keep checking the website from time to time. We will put a message on this website once all the places are taken.


Scholarship applications’ deadline has been extended until 12 October 2011.
Over 350 potential students attended the event organised by CONICYT  to promote the Becas Chile Masters in Education Scholarships.

Further information about these scholarships is available at  


Ongoing protest action by student and teacher unions over the financing of the public education system has increased the danger to New Zealanders visiting tourist attractions in the centre of Santiago. 


The Embassy was pleased to support the international seminar "Indigenous Women: Their contribution and leadership in distinct indigenous social processes" organised by Women's Commission of the Santiago Regional Indigenous Board and held to celebrate the International Day of Indigenous Women.

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