New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea
Ambassador Rata attends Korea Polar Research Institute’s new building completion ceremony
On 29 April Ambassador Patrick Rata attended a new building completion ceremony of the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) in Songdo, Incheon Metropolitan City.
KOPRI, which is responsible for Korea’s bases in the Arctic and Antarctica, has a close working relationship with its New Zealand counterpart organisations. KOPRI and Antarctica New Zealand work closely together under the Antarctica Cooperation Agreement signed by Foreign Ministers last year. Korea’s research ice-breaker Araon regularly stops at Christchurch Lyttleton port to resupply, which serves as an essential support mechanism for Korea’s second Antarctic base Jang Bogo Station, currently under construction. Korea and New Zealand experts are also in regular consultation on other Antarctic-related matters such as science, environmental protection, search and rescue, safety, and fisheries management. The Embassy has been maintaining close relationship with KOPRI to assist with the Antarctica Cooperation between the two countries.