New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Prime Minister John Key today announced that New Zealand and the Republic of Korea have completed Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

“Korea is New Zealand’s sixth largest export destination for goods and services and eighth largest import source of goods and services, with total two-way trade of $4 billion in the year ending June 2014,” says Mr Key.

“The FTA will put New Zealand exporters back on a level playing field with competitors from Korea’s other FTA partners, such as the United States, Chile and the European Union.


Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the announcement on the successful conclusion of negotiations with the Republic of Korea on a Free Trade Agreement.

“Korea is one of New Zealand’s biggest and most important trading partners,” says Mr Groser.

“The FTA will deliver real economic benefits for both our countries. It will create more opportunities for our business and will deliver cheaper products to consumers. It’s a win-win agreement.


NZTE Seoul is supporting a New Zealand Food and Beverage (F&B) promotion at eight Lotte Mart stores in Seoul and its vicinity areas for seven days from 13-19 November. A wide range of premium New Zealand F&B products from 25 companies will be sold, beef and lamb, seafood, fruit, beverages, snacks, honey and dairy.


The winners selected to join The Hobbit Fan Fellowship contest were treated to the ultimate celebration at their journey’s end - a sneak preview screening of the highly anticipated final film in Oscar-winner Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy and a private Q&A with the director and key members of his filmmaking team.

Kicked off at this year’s Comic-Con International to a crowd of nearly 7,000 screaming fans, The Hobbit Fan Fellowship contest drew more than 140,000 entrants from approximately 30 countries.


New Zealand is the third most prosperous country to live in according to an international report.


Antarctica New Zealand welcomes the Korean National Antarctic Programme to Christchurch's Antarctic community. On 3 November, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) has opened their New Zealand-based cooperation office at the International Antarctic Centre where the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic programmes are currently based. Visit the website of Antarctica New Zealand for more information.

Source: Antarctica New Zealand


Rising employment is more than keeping up with our growing population, while unemployment has fallen to 5.4 percent, according to Statistics New Zealand.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has given a speech outlining New Zealand’s response to the threat of international terrorism.


Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision on the terms for New Zealand’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in Geneva.

“A positive decision on the terms of New Zealand’s accession has been reached with GPA parties in Geneva overnight (NZ time), following two years of negotiations,” Mr Joyce says.


New Zealand's wealth has grown more than that of any other country in the world since 2000, according to a new report released by Credit Suisse.

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