New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Popular New Zealand energy drink V is now available in Korea. V Green is on sale in 6,000 GS25 convenience stores, for the first time in Asia, and V Blue will be added in September. Carl Bergstrom, Managing Director of Frucor Beverages, and Satoru Tiger Abe, CEO of Frucor Brands International, together with Frucor’s Korean partner, HHC Limited, invited around 80 Korean VIPs, including Representative Dong Woo Shin and key customers including GS Retail to a launching event at the Embassy on 26 July.


New Zealand's internationally-renowned percussion group "Strike" will perform this Friday night (27 July) at 8.00pm at KNUA Hall of the Korea National University of Arts in Seocho-gu, Seoul. Theirs will be the prestigious closing performance of the week-long Second International Percussion Festival in Seoul.


The Embassy has published the May-June 2012 edition of Korea Update. To view it, please click "Korea Update".


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!

Tickets can be purchased at


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.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2014-15

United Nations Handbook

The UN Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Prime Minister's media release |

New Zealand wins Security Council seat

New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more

Korea Update, Embassy's Quarterly Publication

Korea Update is a quarterly newsletter keeping you informed with what is happening in the land of the morning calm. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.