New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Mayor of Auckland Len Brown led a trade delegation to Auckland's partner cities Busan and Pohang, as well as Seoul, that is already seeing results for Auckland businesses. See this press release by Auckland Council.


A world-renowned Maori performance group, “Te Arawa Maori Group” from Rotorua in New Zealand will enthrall the public when it performs at the 49th Global Myeongdong Festival at 12:30pm on Tuesday, 23 October (venue: Myeongdong Theatre intersection). The group led by the Deputy Mayor of Rotorua Trevor Maxwell, previously represented New Zealand at the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in London in May this year.


Ambassador Patrick Rata met on 15 October with Korea’s Minister for the Environment, Dr Yoo Young-Sook.  Minister Yoo and Ambassador Rata discussed the strong relationship between New Zealand and Korea on environmental issues, including dialogue on the development and implementation of Emissions Trading Schemes in both countries.  They also discussed the upcoming UNFCCC Pre-Conference of Parties meeting in Seoul, where Ministers and high-level delegates from around the world will meet to discuss vital climate change issues.


The Choir and Orchestra of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch, gave a concert at the magnificent Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul on Saturday 6 October. Under Musical Director Don Whelan, the concert programme included selections from Britten, Palestrina, Bruckner, Vivaldi, Buxtehude, Mozart, Mews and Archer. Together with New Zealand Ambassador, Patrick Rata, the large audience delighted in the performance of the Choir and Orchestra.


From 16 October 2012, the receiving office for New Zealand visa applications for people applying from South Korea is changing. Currently, people applying in South Korea lodge their applications for temporary visas at the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul. From 16 October 2012, these applications should be sent to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Seoul.

To view further details, please refer to the attached information below.


The accompanying photograph uniquely captures one of the modern connections between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.  The tanker HMNZS Endeavour, of the Royal New Zealand Navy, is shown here simultaneously refuelling both HMNZS Te Kaha (left) and South Korean Destroyer ROKS Choi Young (right) during the 2012 RIMPAC Exercise. HMNZS Endeavour was built in Korea.




Ambassador Patrick Rata visited North Korea from 17 to 21 September, where he formally assumed his role as New Zealand’s representative to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by presenting credentials to the President of the Supreme People’s Presidium, Kim Yong-nam.  During the visit, Ambassador Rata had discussions with President Kim, Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun and numerous other senior officials.  He expressed New Zealand’s hopes for, and ongoing commitment to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, including on the Korean Peninsula


Ambassador Patrick Rata caught up with Korean pop singer PSY in Seoul on 2 October and congratulated on him on the phenomenal global success of his single Gangnam Style.  “Its No.1 in a whole bunch of countries right now, including New Zealand, and No.2 on the US Billboard charts”, said Ambassador Rata.  “I told PSY that New Zealand has a population of around 4 and a half million people and a great many of them are Gangnam Style fans.  We’ll be delighted if he can visit our shores sometime soon.”


The Choir and Orchestra of the Christchurch Cathedral will perform a free concert at Myeong-dong Cathedral, Seoul at 8:00pm on Saturday, 6 October. For further information, please refer to attached a media release below.  


To view the story, please click "New Zealand Ambassador Visits WFP Operations in DPR Korea" posted on the website of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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