New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Ambassador Patrick Rata caught up with Korean pop singer PSY in Seoul on 2 October and congratulated on him on the phenomenal global success of his single Gangnam Style.  “Its No.1 in a whole bunch of countries right now, including New Zealand, and No.2 on the US Billboard charts”, said Ambassador Rata.  “I told PSY that New Zealand has a population of around 4 and a half million people and a great many of them are Gangnam Style fans.  We’ll be delighted if he can visit our shores sometime soon.”


The Choir and Orchestra of the Christchurch Cathedral will perform a free concert at Myeong-dong Cathedral, Seoul at 8:00pm on Saturday, 6 October. For further information, please refer to attached a media release below.  


To view the story, please click "New Zealand Ambassador Visits WFP Operations in DPR Korea" posted on the website of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).


To view the media article, please click "Gangnam Style is NZ #1".


Mr Chi Kap-chong was made an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Zealand Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours List for services to New Zealand-Korea relations.  On 24 September, a special investiture ceremony was held for Mr Chi at the New Zealand Ambassador’s Residence in Seoul.


Please read the following media articles about Father Robert John Brennan.

JoongAng Daily, "46 years of service gets priest city gov't award"

Korea Times, "Priest cares for people marginalised by capitalism"


Ambassador Patrick Rata recently led a storytelling session at Kiwi English, an English language academy privately-owned and operated by a New Zealander in Seoul.

Over 50 students and parents listened attentively as Ambassador Rata brought to life New Zealand author Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.  In addition to hearing the story, the students enjoyed a short waiata (song) in Maori.


The New Zealand Embassy recently launched its official Facebook page to increase awareness about New Zealand and New Zealand Embassy activities in Korea.


On the occasion of the visit by three New Zealand curators to Korea, Ambassador Patrick Rata hosted a reception at the New Zealand Residence on 12 September.


Ambassador Patrick Rata met with H.E. Suh Kyu-Yong, Minister of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Wednesday 12 September.

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