New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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.


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.

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