New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Ambassador Patrick Rata has sent the following message to congratulate the New Zealand team on their performance at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Dear Brian

I am writing to congratulate you and the New Zealand team on your wonderful performance at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang.  My Embassy colleagues and I were truly proud of your participation and achievements in Korea.


On 12 February, Ambassador Patrick Rata hosted Executive Vice Chairman Song Jae-Hee of the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business (Kbiz), for lunch at the Residence.


New Zealand teenage golf sensation Lydia Ko has won a women's European Tour golf event. Just 15 years old, Ko is the youngest golfer to win the event.  She won the US Women's Amateur and the CN Canadian Women's Open last year.

Lydia served as the New Zealand Embassy’s Sports Ambassador for the 2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship.


Ambassador Patrick Rata and all of the Embassy staff congratulate the New Zealand team on their outstanding participation in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.  


Marching into the opening ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on 29 January, the New Zealand team captivated the audience with an impromptu performance of a rugby scrum and haka. The team, led by Brian Benn from Otago, consists of 10 athletes and seven management staff. The New Zealand athletes are competing in snowboarding and alpine skiing. 


Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have introduced new visa application drop box services in North Asia.


Madam Park Geun-hye of the ruling Saenuri Party was elected as the next President of the Republic of Korea on 19 December 2012.


“A great chance to show off New Zealand and a great way to round off our 2012 New Zealand-Korea Year of Friendship”, New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata said of a special screening by the Embassy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.


New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully issued a statement condemning North Korea’s launch of a satellite using long-range ballistic missile technology.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

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.