New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Ambassador Patrick Rata was delighted to join as a Publicity Ambassador for the 24th Keochang International Festival of Theatre. The Keochang County Office has appointed 20 Publicity Ambassadors to promote the festival, which runs from 27 July to 12 August. The Publicity Ambassadors include well-known figures from the culture and art sector and other renowned people with links to the county in South Gyeongsang Province. Ambassador Rata's involvement follows his visit to Keochang to fire the starting gun for the fifth stage of the 2012 Tour de Korea cycling race in April.


New Zealand’s Olympic football team, the Oly Whites played its final warm-up match against Korea in Seoul on Saturday, 14 July ahead of the London Olympics. It was an exciting and entertaining game in which Korea narrowly defeated New Zealand 2-1. The Oly Whites showed tremendous heart against a quality Korean team.It provided a useful build-up opportunity for both teams as they were preparing for the London Olympics.


A small group of Korean artists with links to New Zealand gathered at Ambassador Patrick Rata’s Residence on 6 July. Ambassador Rata heard about their artistic endeavours and interest in New Zealand, and he also showed them New Zealand artworks displayed at the Residence. One of the artists present was Mr Kim Hwan Kyung; a recognised master of Korean lacquer-ware painting. Mr Kim explained that he has been using New Zealand paua shell in his artworks for over 40 years.



New Zealand’s Olympic football team, the Oly Whites, are coming to Seoul to play against Korea on Saturday 14 July. Come and support the team during the friendly match at World Cup Stadium for a taste of what’s to come at the London Olympics in a few weeks’ time!

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully today issued the following statement:


The Ambassador’s Residence provided the venue for New Zealand winery Villa Maria’s 28 June Korean media event to celebrate its 50th vintage.


Ambassador Patrick Rata co-hosted a barbecue event at the Residence on 20 June together with Mr John Hundleby, Market Manager (Korea) of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Nearly one hundred guests attended including meat and broader food trade personnel, media representatives and bloggers.


New Zealand Minister of Trade, Tim Groser, spoke on behalf of the current nine members in welcoming Canada and Mexico to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. TPP aims to create a regional free trade agreement involving nine Asia Pacific countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, the United States, Viet Nam and New Zealand.


Ambassador Patrick Rata called on first-term Member of the National Assembly Jasmine Lee, from the Saenuri Party.


New Zealand dance company Black Grace delivered a stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the 8th Busan International Dance Festival on 1 June.

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