New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany


New Zealand is hosting the 2012 World Shearing and Wool-handling championship between the 29th February and 3rd March 2012.


The New Zealand Embassy, which includes the Immigration Section, will close at 1pm Friday 23rd December for the Christmas and New Year holiday break. The Embassy will re-open for business at 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2012. New Zealand citizens requiring emergency after hours consular assistance during this period should contact the Duty Officer on +49 172 720 6992


The 2011 Wine & Food festival is to take place at Hyde Park in Christchurch on December 3rd, 2011 .

As the Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung reports, the German federal state capital city of Mainz and Great Wine Capitals are exclusive partners of the wine festival in Christchurch.


Birds With Skymirrors is a radical composition in dance, ceremony, poetry, chant, and oratory; a unique and visionary theatre proposition. In times of momentous planetary climate change, global discussions and negotiations about the future of Earth are taking place.


Upon invitation from the German Federal Government, the Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, paid a "timely, enjoyable and extremely useful" visit to Germany from 10-14 October 2011. During the visit, Sir Peter met with a number of government departments, research organisations and science advisory bodies in Berlin, Bonn and Munich.


On the last weekend of October New Zealand was guest country at the 8th Kulinart - a culinary fair for delicacies and style taking place in Frankfurt am Main.


As of 16th August 2011 the rules for converting your New Zealand drivers licence into a German drivers licence have changed: it is no longer necessary to sit a theoretical test in order to transfer your NZ licence.


Wellington-born poet Kate Camp, arrived in Berlin in early September as the recipient of the 2011 Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency.


New Zealand will host the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC 2011) a quadrennial international rugby union competition inaugurated in 1987. It will be the largest sporting event ever held in New Zealand. Tournament organisers are forecasting at least 95,000 international visitors and RWC 2011 will also be watched by billions of viewers in over 100 countries, with 2000 international media attending the event. Twenty teams will compete in the tournament from 9 September to 23 October, and will be divided into four Pools - decided by draw in 2008. The teams are:

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