New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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.


On 29 April Ambassador Patrick Rata attended a new building completion ceremony of the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) in Songdo, Incheon Metropolitan City. 


On 2 May Ambassador Patrick Rata made an introductory call on Education Minister Seo Nam-soo. Ambassador Rata warmly congratulated the Minister on taking office, and welcomed the opportunity to further explore cooperation in education. Ambassador Rata and Minister Seo celebrated the close and productive relationship in education between New Zealand and Korea, and discussed opportunities for future cooperation.


Together with the Australia New Zealand Association (ANZA), Ambassador Patrick Rata co-hosted a charity morning tea at his residence on 16 April to celebrate the work done by ANZA Korea charities.


A group of 20 New Zealand Korean War Veterans and supporters are visiting South Korea over the period 22–29 April. They are taking part in the  Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) sponsored Commonwealth Revisit Programme, including up to 200 UK, Australia and Canadian veterans and supporters as well. A highlight of the week is the Anzac Dawn service at the National War Memorial Museum on 25 April, with attendance by all the veterans and members of the New Zealand and Australian communities in Seoul.


On 24 April, at the Ambassador’s Residence, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise held a New Zealand wine tasting and dinner event for twelve key Korean media contacts and influential bloggers, including leading online wine portal websites and trend-setting monthly magazines. Mr Joshua Hall, a New Zealand wine journalist, led the tasting of premium New Zealand wines pitched as ‘A Journey through New Zealand Wine Country’. Jin Ho Lee, Korean-Kiwi star chef, prepared cuisine with New Zealand ingredients paired with premium wines from New Zealand.

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