New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany


A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred near Christchurch on 22 February 2011. Updates on the earthquake are available on the Canterbury Earthquake website ( More information can be found on the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website (


On 5 March at 2pm, in Frankfurt am Main, a New Zealand Ambassador’s Rugby XV team will take on the German National Team as they prepare for their upcoming  international season. The Kiwi team consists of Germany- and Netherlands-based players who have Super 14, international and/or NPC-Air NZ Cup experience.


Scientist Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger, whose research has helped explain the physics and chemistry behind the colour of gold, has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award.

The award, also known as the Humboldt Prize, is given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in Bonn, Germany, to academics whose new theories, discoveries or insights have had a significant impact on their discipline and who expect to continue producing cutting-edge research in the future.


New Zealand’s 15-year-olds are amongst the best in the world in reading, mathematics and science, the new results of the PISA 2009 show.

For European students looking to study at upper secondary level in New Zealand, the findings can provide confidence that they will be studying alongside high performers.  


What is "sustainability" and how important is it when you buy food at the supermarket? William McGimpsey, a Masters of International Studies student at the University of Otago, New Zealand, invites you to participate in a 10-15min online survey. The success of William's project depends upon getting as many people as possible to participate in the survey.


On 24 November 2010 a second explosion occurred in the Pike River Mine, near Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island, ending all hopes of finding the 29 miners alive.

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, made the following statement:


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is on tour in Europe, playing at concert halls in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia.

The NZSO is playing to full houses and receiving very favourable reviews. The German newspaper Badische Zeitung reported that the orchestra had "demonstrated that they can, without fear, allow themselves to be compared with leading European ensembles".


New Zealand Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Christopher Finlayson and Austrian Foreign Minister Dr Michael Spindelegger met on Friday 5 November in Vienna.

High on the agenda was the announcement of the reopening of a New Zealand Embassy in Vienna in January 2011. The new Embassy will be co-located with the existing Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and will take over the accreditation to Austria currently held by the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin.


"There Once was an Island", by New Zealand director Briar March, has won the Peaceful Revolution Foundation award at the 2010 Leipzig DOK festival. "There Once was an Island" also won the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution award, the Leipziger Ring trophy and 5000 Euros.


Last Friday, 1 October, was a night of celebrations in Leipzig. As part of the city’s Interkulturelle Wochen festival, the English-language magazine Leipzig Zeitgeist marked its second birthday with a New Zealand evening at the Club International.

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The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

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