New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Press release: Korean citizen Chi Kap-Chong made an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Ambassador Patrick Rata congratulating Chairman Chi Kap-Chong on becoming an honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the New Zealand Embassy on the morning of 4 June.

At the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul this morning, Ambassador Patrick Rata, met with Mr Chi Kap-Chong to congratulate Mr Chi on becoming an honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

Chairman of the UN Korean War Allies Association, Mr Chi, received his award in the 4 June 2012 Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee New Zealand Honours List for services to New Zealand-Korean relations.

Ambassador Rata said that “Mr Chi’s tireless work over more than five decades to promote better understanding between the UN Allies, including New Zealand, and Korea is highly valued by New Zealand.”

Mr Chi was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand ANZAC memorial in Kapyeong. The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon John Key, attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Kapyeong memorial in March 2012.

“Mr Chi’s efforts have made an enormous contribution to ensuring that New Zealand veterans and the role New Zealand played in the Korean War are remembered by current and future generations of Koreans”, Ambassador Rata said.

Only a few small number of non-New Zealanders receive the honour of becoming an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 

Related media reports

-"Korean honored by NZ in Queen's Birthday List" (Yonhap News) 

-"UN war association chairman receives NZ honor" (Korea JoongAng Daily)

- "뉴질랜드 정부, 지갑종 참전국협회장에 훈장" (Yonhap News)

- "뉴질랜드서 공로훈장 받은 지갑종 유엔한국참전국협회장" (Maeil Business Newspaper)


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