New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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The Kiwi Chamber’s Grand Hui has brought the curtain down on the New Zealand Festival in Korea.

Around 130 businesspeople and other friends of the Korea-New Zealand relationship revelled in New Zealand music, food and wine at the Grand Hyatt on 30 October.

During the evening, guests were able to look back on photos played on the big screen of the various Festival events as well as those organised by the Kiwi Chamber earlier in the year.


The New Zealand Parliament passed all the necessary legislation related to the Korea-New Zealand FTA on 24 September.

The agreement will enter into force once the Korean National Assembly has also finished considering the FTA.  The FTA was submitted to the National Assembly in June.

Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomed the milestone, saying the FTA will play an important role in strengthening the relationship between New Zealand and Korea.


Kim Hyun-jun from Anyang flew to England and delivered the match ball onto the field for the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool game between Fiji and Uruguay.

The 12-year-old was given the opportunity as the winner of a competition organised by DHL and the Kiwi Chamber earlier in the year.

At the time, Hyun-jun said he believed defending champions New Zealand would go on to win the tournament because of the “special power” the haka gives them at the start of each match.

And he was right.


People in Korea were given the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s traditional Maori culture through the visit by 12 Maori performers from Christchurch for the New Zealand Festival.

The Nga Manu-a-Tane kapahaka group performed at nine New Zealand Festival events in early October as well as the Baekjae Festival in Songpa-gu, which has a sister city relationship with Christchurch.


Gwangmyeong City has unveiled its new 41m-long dragon produced by Weta Workshop at Gwangmyeong City Cave.

The dragon was unveiled as part of events associated with the New Zealand Festival and Gwangmyeong City’s Fantasy Week.

Gwangmyeong City Mayor Yang Kidae hosted the events which were attended by Weta Workshop’s five-time special effects Oscar winner Sir Richard Taylor, and Deputy Head of Mission John Riley.


Korean-born New Zealand classical pianist Jason Bae wowed aficionados attending his recital at Cosmos Hall in Seoul during the New Zealand Festival.

The Embassy co-hosted the free public classical music event on 22 October, sharing the best of New Zealand’s young talent with a Korean audience.

Jason performed works by Puccini, Britten and Chopin during an hour-long recital – just his second concert in Seoul.


New Zealand’s premium wine and seafood products were on show at tasting events and seminars organised by NZTE as part of the New Zealand Festival.

New Zealand seafood companies showcased New Zealand Greenshell mussels, King salmon and oysters to over 90 experts on 5 October from the Korean food and beverage industry, including top chefs and menu developers and buyers from major hotels, restaurants and catering companies, retailers/distributors, importers and the media.


Hon. Melissa Lee, Member of the New Zealand Parliament, visited Korea to participate in the Overseas Korean Political Forum and reconnect with Representatives from the National Assembly.

Ms Lee became the second Korean, and first Korean woman, to win election to a non-Korean national legislature when she was elected to the New Zealand Parliament in November 2008.


Hon. Melissa Lee, Member of the New Zealand Parliament, has challenged Korea to increase investment flows with New Zealand given it is New Zealand’s 6th-largest goods trading partner, yet ranks as just the 16th-largest source of foreign direct investment.

The challenge was laid down during an Investment Seminar organised by NZTE and the ANZ Bank on 21 October with the aim of introducing Korean investors to the attractions of New Zealand as an investment destination.

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