New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

What the Embassy does

The New Zealand Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, works to ensure the historical bonds of friendship between New Zealand and Republic of Korea continue to grow and strengthen.  We promote all areas of the relationship including political, trade, defence, education, social, cultural and people ties.  We help New Zealanders who require consular assistance.  Part of our work includes relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).  Contributing to achieving our mission are staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand Defence Force, Tourism New Zealand and Education New Zealand.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) work is focused on managing New Zealand’s political and economic relations with Korea.  Political objectives include promoting foreign policy cooperation with the Korean Government and protecting and expanding New Zealand’s interests in Korea through bilateral linkages. We also report to the New Zealand Government on developments in North Korea and inter-Korean relations.  One of MFAT’s key economic responsibilities is to negotiate market access for New Zealand goods and services and to maintain and enforce that access. We also liaise with relevant Korean authorities on economic matters of mutual relevance to New Zealand and Korea, such as APEC and the WTO.  Staff manage the Embassy’s public affairs and media programmes, which seek to raise New Zealand’s profile in Korea and foster a greater understanding between peoples of the two countries.

Trade Promotion

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is responsible for promoting trade opportunities and building strategic relationships for New Zealand business in South Korea, New Zealand’s fifth largest trading partner. NZTE welcomes enquiries from Korean individuals and organisations that are interested in sourcing products and services from New Zealand. Investment New Zealand, a specialist unit within NZTE, works to attract investment into New Zealand which will provide wider benefits to the New Zealand economy.  Those who are interested in exporting goods and services to New Zealand should contact the Korea Trade-Investment Promotions Agency (KOTRA).


Education New Zealand is responsible for promoting New Zealand education to the world. Education NZ seeks to create strategies and programmes alongside Korean education providers and government agencies that increase and broaden our international education activities – from onshore and offshore delivery of our education programmes to the sale of our education knowledge, products and consultancy skills.


The New Zealand Defence Force office provides permanent links between the armed forces of New Zealand and Korea, fosters good relations between the two countries, and gives administrative support to the combined defence force activities such as bilateral military visits, training and exercises. The Defence Attaché is also assigned as the Chief of the New Zealand Liaison Mission to the United Nations Command and the Military Armistice Commission at Yongsan, Seoul.


Tourism New Zealand is responsible for marketing New Zealand as a tourist destination, through consumer marketing, international public relations and trade development. The 100% Pure New Zealand campaign showcases New Zealand as fun, popular and accessible, and focuses on the experiences visitors can have within the stunning landscapes and awesome scenery of New Zealand.

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