New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Ambassador Fearnley spent time in Gwangju City and surrounding South Jeolla Province in July to show her support for the New Zealand team competing at the Universiade.

A total of 66 New Zealand athletes from seven sports competed alongside athletes from 143 countries at the World University Summer Games from 3-14 July 2015.      


The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs generously hosted a number of Korean War veterans on a revisit programme to Korea over 23-27 July.

New Zealand veterans Donald McKenzie and Jim Newman were amongst the international veterans present in Korea at the time.  Mr McKenzie was part of the programme and Mr Newman was in Korea as First Vice-President of the International Federation of Korean War Veterans Associations.


Two events aimed at New Zealand alumni in Korea saw dozens of former students gather in July to share memories and network.

A University of Auckland alumni function at the Ambassador’s Residence on 2 July was attended by over 130 people.

University of Auckland Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon updated guests on recent developments at the University such as the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014.


Ambassador Fearnley called on Environment Minister Yoon Seong-kyu on 10 July to discuss climate change and other environmental issues following the release of both countries’ greenhouse gas emission reduction goals or INDCs.

Ambassador Fearnley noted cooperation between Korea and New Zealand on a range of environmental matters will be enhanced by the Environment Chapter of the bilateral free trade agreement.

On 7 July, Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser announced New Zealand will commit to a new, more ambitious climate change target.


Ambassador Fearnley visited Jeju Island in May to attend the Jeju Forum, which brings together leaders from across the world to promote peace and common prosperity in East Asia.

This year’s attendees included former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark.


Ambassador Clare Fearnley together with Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) hosted a New Zealand grass-fed beef reception on 18 June which featured two beef dishes prepared by a 2015 B+LNZ Ambassador Chef, Marc Soper, who is Executive Chef at the luxury lodge Wharekauhau Country Estate in New Zealand’s Wairarapa region.


Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has announced Cabinet approval of a new national strategy to attract more international business investment and increase growth across the country.


Trade Minister Tim Groser has welcomed the conclusions of the 5th World Trade Organisation Trade Policy Review of New Zealand.

“Once again NZ has been highly commended by the WTO for maintaining an open and transparent trade policy regime”, says Mr Groser.

“New Zealand’s last review occurred in 2009 at the time of the Global Financial Crisis.  The review has highlighted how the Government’s sensible economic policies are taking New Zealand in the right direction.”


Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York.

Mr Key says New Zealand is committed to making its mark on the Council, and our first stint as President will allow us to build on the contribution we’ve made over the past six months.

“As President, New Zealand will have a central role in guiding Council consideration of key international security issues,” says Mr Key.


New Zealand has agreed to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is being established to invest in new infrastructure across Asia, Finance Minister Bill English and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully say.

The Bank is a China-led initiative aimed at addressing a significant gap in infrastructure investment in the Asian region.

“Increased infrastructure investment will enhance the Asian region’s growth and that will be good for New Zealand,” Mr English says.

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