New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


On  June 5th, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise presented a ‘New Zealand Summer Picnic’ cooking class with leading monthly cooking and cuisine magazine Essen at Hou Restaurant in Seoul, aimed at introducing Korean food bloggers and consumers to New Zealand food and beverage products available at retail stores in Korea.


Tourism and Commerce Regulators in New Zealand have praised MBC TV’s ‘Complain Zero Up’ programme for helping to ensure Korean tourists enjoy their visit to New Zealand.

The comments were made by Tourism New Zealand spokesman Chris Roberts and Commerce Commission Chairperson Dr Mark Berry who were responding to an investigation by journalists into the mis-sale of souvenirs by some tourist souvenir businesses.

The separate comments from Mr Roberts and Dr Berry can be read below.


Ambassador Patrick Rata was delighted to host Dr Han Duck-Soo, Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (and former Prime Minister of Korea) to dinner on Wednesday 29 May.  It was an occasion for Ambassador Rata to learn about current priorities of KITA and for general discussion on the New Zealand–Korea trade and economic relationship.


The ‘New Zealand Wine Festival’ was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on May 18 and at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Busan on May 25. Building on the success of New Zealand wine events over the last four years, the Kiwi Chamber held two successful wine events, offering an array of white and red varieties to usher in the hot summer. This year the festival was held in Busan for the first time. The Busan event was very well received and attracted around 150 people, providing a great platform to build from.


A variety of premium New Zealand food & beverage products were showcased at the New Zealand Pavilion at the Seoul Food 2013 show from May 14-17. Highlighting the theme ‘Exceptional Food from an Exceptional Land’, the pavilion, organized by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), built heavily on the success of past appearances.


Former New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley delivered the keynote speech at the 3rd Asia Food Forum held on 15 May.


In support of defence diplomacy, Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE MANA is visiting Korea 15-19 May.She will be alongside at Incheon Port over the period, hosted by the ROK Navy frigate BUCHEON.


TV3 News interviewed Ambassador Patrick Rata during his recent trip to New Zealand. To view it, please click "North Korea must be taken seriously -- Kiwi diplomat."


On 28 March, Ambassador Patrick Rata delivered a presentation on the benefits of the growing trade and business ties between New Zealand and Korea to over 80 Korean importers who are members of the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA)*.  Ambassador Rata was accompanied by Trade Commissioner, Ryan Freer, and Chairman of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Lewis Patterson.  His presentation highlighted the following key messages:


Officials from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) will be visiting Seoul 7–10 May as part of a new project to improve the recognition and use of each other’s senior secondary school qualifications.

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