New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Around 250 friends of the Korea-New Zealand partnership celebrated at a gala dinner on 8 October as part of the New Zealand Festival.

Korean and New Zealand representatives from the political, business, tourism, education, defence, arts and media communities came together at the Conrad Hotel for a night of New Zealand entertainment.


Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Callaghan Innovation Chief Executive Dr Mary Quin visited Korea to explore ways to step up science and innovation collaboration between Korea and New Zealand.

While in Korea, Minister Joyce attended the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Science Ministers’ Meeting hosted by the Korean Government which culminated in the signing of the ‘Daejeon Declaration on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for the Global and Digital Age’.


The children and teachers of Songjukwon Orphanage in Seodaemun joined in a Chuseok dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence.

The event was organised by the ANZ Bank and Kiwi Chamber as part of their ongoing support for Songjukwon.

The Grand Hyatt generously provided the food and set up candlelit tables on the lawn for the guests to dine in style.

The evening featured games, musical performances by the children, and some New Zealand songs in response.


The smooth voices of opera trio Sol3 Mio, Kiwi humour, New Zealand wine, and a backdrop of lit up skyscrapers combined to make a spellbinding Embassy event in Seoul on 9 September.

Sol3 Mio, who are made up of Auckland’s tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay, were visiting for performances to promote the release of their album in Korea.

Sol3 Mio captivated guests with their combination of vocal skill and home-grown humour.


Four aspiring Korean golfers will get the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of world-famous Kiwi-Korean golfers thanks to Game on English Golf scholarships.

Game on English Golf provides intensive English language classes and top quality golf coaching to talented young Koreans aged 13 years and over who aspire to become professional golfers.

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce awarded the scholarships to the four recipients at a ceremony on 19 October.


Students from Baengnyeong-do in the North West Islands have received scholarships provided by the New Zealand Korean War Veterans Association.

In the presence of Minister Steven Joyce, Miss Yoon Ye-ji was presented with her scholarship by New Zealand Navy Lieutenant-Commander Pitiera Dawson who serves with the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC).


Mutual recognition of New Zealand and Korean senior secondary school qualifications has been brought one step closer.

New Zealand’s Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce, and the Republic of Korea's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hwang Woo Yea, met in Seoul on 19 October to discuss education issues.

They announced the completion of a research project which confirmed the comparability of the two countries’ senior secondary school curricula and qualifications.


New Zealand Embassy launches month-long New Zealand Festival in Korea with traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast

Festival to highlight strength of long-standing cultural ties and  trade relationship, celebrate Korea-New Zealand FTA

The New Zealand Embassy in Korea launched a month-long “New Zealand Festival in Korea” at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday 4 October 2015 by hosting a hangi, a traditional New Zealand Maori feast where food is cooked using heated rocks buried in a fire pit oven.


Atamira Dance Company, a leading contemporary dance company in New Zealand, came to Seoul in July to perform at the 21st Chang Mu International Dance Festival.

Ambassador Fearnley went along to the opening performance on 27 July and described Atamira’s performance of “Haka” as “spine-tingling!”


A delegation from the National Assembly visited New Zealand in July as part of a wider programme aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.

The National Assembly’s New Zealand Friendship Group Chairperson Hong Il-Pyo and Vice Chairs Kim Dong-cheol and Kim Tae Won spent a week in New Zealand from 25 July.

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