New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


The 9th round of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Korea and New Zealand was held in Seoul from 15-17 October 2014.

Over the two-and-a-half days, negotiators from both sides reduced the gap on the outstanding issues including rules of origin, goods market access, and cooperation.

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Deputy Secretary David Walker led officials from MFAT; the Ministry of Primary Industries; and the New Zealand Customs Service.


New Zealand’s Embassies and High Commissions offshore received more than 50,000 queries during the year to 30 June 2014, up 33 percent on the previous year.


New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

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This is a bumper edition, as we’ve had a lot going on: ministerial visits, FTA negotiations, a lot of work at the National Assembly, and some sports and art thrown in, too. Take a look through to find out more.  Then, head over to our Facebook page ( and share your thoughts with us on the latest edition.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Trade and Climate Change Minister Tim Groser have both retained their portfolios under the third-term National-led Government.


On 3 September, the 17th Foreign Ministry Consultations between New Zealand and Korea took place in Auckland.

The New Zealand Delegation was led by Deputy Secretary Andrea Smith.  Korea’s delegation was headed by Deputy Minister Lee Kyung-soo. 

During the half day talks, both sides acknowledged the warmth in the relationship and agreed that bilateral, regional and global cooperation between New Zealand and Korea was strong. 


New Zealand’s global network Kea has a new app that makes it easier for the 1 million Kiwis living offshore to connect with home and each other using their mobile device.

The Kea app is free and can be downloaded from The App Store or Google Play. A Kea account can be set up using Facebook or LinkedIn. The app works on iOS, Android and iPads.


Immigration ONLINE-Student, part of Immigration New Zealand’s new technology platform, is now live and available to international students who wish to study in New Zealand.

The new application service will also allow those students who want to study in New Zealand to apply for their visa, pay fees and upload documents online.

ONLINE-Student is available to full fee paying, scholarship, exchange and English language students.


The Government will invest $10 million over five years to increase the provision of Asian languages in schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

The money will be used to create a contestable fund where schools can apply for funding to establish new Mandarin, Japanese or Korean language programmes, or expand or enhance existing Asian language programmes.


New Zealand is in the top ten of the latest Human Development Index released by the United Nations Development Programme, headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

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