New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Marching into the opening ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on 29 January, the New Zealand team captivated the audience with an impromptu performance of a rugby scrum and haka. The team, led by Brian Benn from Otago, consists of 10 athletes and seven management staff. The New Zealand athletes are competing in snowboarding and alpine skiing. 


Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have introduced new visa application drop box services in North Asia.


Madam Park Geun-hye of the ruling Saenuri Party was elected as the next President of the Republic of Korea on 19 December 2012.


“A great chance to show off New Zealand and a great way to round off our 2012 New Zealand-Korea Year of Friendship”, New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata said of a special screening by the Embassy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.


New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully issued a statement condemning North Korea’s launch of a satellite using long-range ballistic missile technology.


Deputy Secretary Andrea Smith of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade delivered a key note address at the New Zealand Asia Institute conference, "New Zealand, Korea and Asia-Pacific: From distance to closeness", on Friday 16 November.


The July-October 2012 edition of Korea Update, the Embassy's newsletter has come out. To view it please click "Korea Update".


On 16 and 17 November the University of Auckland's New Zealand Asia Institute hosted a conference on "New Zealand, Korea and Asia-Pacific: From distance to closeness" to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. Academics from New Zealand, Korea, the US and Australia spent two days discussing the "shrinking distance" between New Zealand and Korea, Koreans in New Zealand, the two Koreas, the economic rise of the Korea and cultural engagement between the two nations.


"Two South Korean warships have docked in Auckland's waterfront for a visit that marks 50 years of diplomatic relations with New Zealand." To view the New Zealand Herald article, please click "South Korea honours 50-year alliance."

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