New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


To mark the visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully, Ambassador Rata hosted a reception to celebrate the Year of Friendship between Korea and New Zealand on Thursday 6 September. In his speech, Minister McCully noted the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries, exciting new areas of cooperation including on Antarctic, and successes of Korean New Zealanders such as golfer Lydia Ko.


New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, visited Korea 6-7 September. He held policy discussions with his counterpart Minister Kim Sung-hwan, attended a reception in celebration of the Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship, hosted a lunch for selected members of the National Assembly, presented a congratulatory plaque to New Zealand Cultural Ambassador Ha Ji-won, and conducted media interviews.


At a ceremony on 4 September, the Ambassador of New Zealand to Korea, H.E. Patrick Rata, presented an award and certificate to teenage golfing sensation Lydia Ko designating her as the New Zealand Embassy’s Sports Ambassador for the 2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship


The Korea Times has published a story on New Zealand wines with New Zealand Trade Commissioner, Graeme Solloway featured. To view it, please click "Toasting white wines from New Zealand".


Prime Minister John Key today congratulated young Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko on her historic win at the LPGA Canadian Women’s Open.


New Zealander Lydia Ko has won the US Women's Amateur Golf Tournament. 15 year old Ko, who was born in South Korea, became the second youngest golfer to win the event.


In the context of the 2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship, Ambassador Patrick Rata was guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Sacheon International Percussion Festival held in Sacheon City, South Gyeongsang Province on 2 August. Over four days, forty percussion groups from 13 countries presented a variety of percussion performances. Following their commanding performance at the International Percussion Festival in Seoul, the high energy New Zealand drumming group “Strike” held the Sacheon audience spellbound during their opening night performance.


Ambassador Patrick Rata met with well-known Korean actress Ha Ji-won on 31 July. He congratulated her on her important contribution to the New Zealand-Korea bilateral relationship through her longstanding and continuing role as New Zealand’s Cultural Ambassador to Korea. He also highlighted the Embassy’s past and future activities to celebrate the official 2012 New Zealand-Korea Year of Friendship. Ms Ha talked about her connections and interest in New Zealand, as a place of great natural beauty and inspiration.


On 27 July Ambassador Patrick Rata attended the opening ceremony of the 24th Keochang International Festival of Theatre to support the festival as a Publicity Ambassador. In his remarks, Ambassador Rata congratulated the Mayor and organising team and wished them a successful event. He also highlighted the 2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship. Mayor Lee Hong-ki of the County acknowledged the important contribution of all Publicity Ambassadors. He expressed the hope that a New Zealand theatre group might attend a future festival.



CEO of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler, discussed with leading Korean travel companies and airline representatives ways to further improve the experience of Korean visitors to New Zealand, over a kiwi lunch hosted by Ambassador Rata. Thanks to the efforts of these operators, around 50,000 Korean visitors a year enjoyed a rich New Zealand experience. The industry representatives felt there was much room for further growth, and shared ideas on how to further improve tourism between Korea and New Zealand.

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