New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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.


At the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul this morning, Ambassador Patrick Rata, met with Mr Chi Kap-Chong to congratulate Mr Chi on becoming an honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

Chairman of the UN Korean War Allies Association, Mr Chi, received his award in the 4 June 2012 Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee New Zealand Honours List for services to New Zealand-Korean relations.


Two Korean high school students interviewed Ambassador Patrick Rata on New Zealand education for JoongAng Ilbo Daily. To view the Korean language article, please click "Interview with Ambassador Patrick Rata".


Ambassador Patrick Rata hosted a traditional Kiwi BBQ at the Residence on 3 June for Kiwis living in Seoul. In great New Zealand BBQ tradition, the event took place on a brilliantly clear and sunny day. Embassy staff crewed the BBQs and participants were treated to a variety of succulently seared traditional fare, including one or two “flame grilled” sausages. Children (young and old) had a great time on the bouncy castle, and a lovely day was had by all.



Ambassador Patrick Rata was a guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the 8th Busan International Dance Festival held on 1 June. Other high-level speakers, with whom the Ambassador interacted, included the Mayor Of Busan, Mayor of Haeundae, and Organizing Chairperson of the Festival. Thousands of people attended the outdoor ceremony, held on Haeundae Beach, and the event had the overall theme of “Dance! Embrace the Ocean”.



During a visit to Busan on 1 June, Ambassador Patrick Rata visited the New Zealand Consulate in Busan, located in Junggan-Dong, Jung-gu. It was Ambassador Rata’s first call into the office and he was able to meet staff, learn about the recent work of the Consulate, and also discuss current priorities in New Zealand’s bilateral relations with Korea.



The Embassy has published the January-April 2012 edition of Korea Update. To view it, please click Korea Update.


As part of the New Zealand-Korea 2012 Year of Friendship, academics from both countries came together in Seoul 14-15 May 2012 for an inaugural Track II Dialogue. The event was led by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Korea’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

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