New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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.


Hon Craig Foss visited Korea from 20-23 May to attend the fifth APEC Education Ministers’ Meeting, which took place in Gyeongju. The meeting brought together education ministers, academics and senior officials from the 21 APEC economies to review progress on collaborative education projects and set the direction for a new four-year work programme. Minister Foss represented New Zealand in his capacity as Associate Minister of Education.


Amy Adams, New Zealand’s Minister for Communications and Information Technology, capped off a successful visit to Seoul on 16 May at an ICT business reception at the Ambassador’s Residence. The Minister was in Seoul to take part in the annual Korea–Australia–New Zealand Broadband Summit. While here, she visited Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute to see examples of world-leading New Zealand and Korean ICT collaboration.


Ambassador Patrick Rata attended a lunch organised by Beef + Lamb New Zealand where New Zealand grass-fed beef was showcased to a number of media.


New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Seoul showcased fresh, healthy food and beverages from New Zealand’s clean environment under the trade show’s theme of “Smart Food, Delicious Life” at the New Zealand pavilion at Seoul Food and Hotel, the largest food and beverage trade show in Korea, from 8-11 May, building on successes from last two years’ participation.


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