New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


A Parliamentary by-election to elect a Member of Parliament for the general electorate of Northland is being held on Saturday 28 March 2015.


Clare Fearnley has officially become New Zealand’s Ambassador to Korea after presenting her credentials to President Park Geun-hye in a ceremony at the Blue House on 12 February 2015.

Ambassador Fearnley is the 14th resident Head of Mission to Korea to be appointed by New Zealand since the diplomatic relationship between the two countries was established in 1962.  There have also been four non-resident Ambassadors.


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced three multi-institutional joint research projects with the Republic of Korea, supported through a newly established bilateral funding scheme.


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


Finalists for the 2015 New Zealand Business Awards have been announced and represent one of the most diverse lists of finalists in the Awards’ history, says New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

The Awards are run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Strategic Partner ANZ, and celebrate the passion, vision and new approaches that New Zealand businesses are taking to achieve international success.

This year there are 25 finalists competing for the nine awards, with contenders cutting across multiple sectors and services.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.


New Zealand’s agritechnology exports are worth approximately $1.2 billion annually, and there is a big opportunity to grow them further according to the latest research into the sector, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said today.


Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomed today’s initialling by Chief Negotiators of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.

“Initialling marks the end of the text’s legal verification process.  It’s another milestone as we progress towards bringing the FTA into force,” says Mr Groser.

“The next step is translation of the text into Korean, which will be completed early next year. Following translation, the FTA will be signed.


Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key says the Government’s investment in tourism is paying off with New Zealand voted the top country in the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards, for the third year in a row.

Almost 90,000 people responded to the survey, making it the biggest survey of its kind.  New Zealand headed off the Maldives and South Africa to win the “favourite country” category. New Zealand also won the category in 2012 and 2013.


17 New Zealand food and beverage companies joined forces on 20 November at Seoul’s Plaza Hotel to showcase New Zealand recipes and products to over 300 Korean food and beverage industry experts, including executive chefs, menu developers from major hotels, restaurant chains and catering companies, retailers/distributors, sommeliers, manufacturers, journalists and power bloggers.

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United Nations Handbook 2014-15

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