New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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.


Parent Category
The Parent Category will be closed from 16 May 2012. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will not accept any Parent Category applications while it is closed.


On 10 May 2012, the Mayor of Christchurch City, Bob Parker, delivered a keynote address at the 2012 Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Conference, held at Ewha Womans University, Seoul. He gave a moving account of the impact of the violent earthquake which struck Christchurch in February 2011 and offered a Mayor's perspective of the challenges of responding to natural catastrophes. General James D. Thurman, Commander of United Nations Command and United States Forces Korea, also addressed the Conference.



Changes in visa requirements for temporary workers in the music, screen and entertainment industry take effect on 30 April 2012. The changes apply to entertainers, performing artists and associated support personnel, film and video production and post-production crew, producers and directors.

For further information, please refer to the Immigration New Zealand website:


New Zealand’s Red Leap Theatre Company’s performance of “The Arrival” was enthusiastically received by audiences at the LG Arts Centre in Kangnam, Seoul.


Ambassador Patrick Rata participated in the Children’s Gala Day organised by the New Zealand Centre for Culture and Education (NZCCE) located in southern Seoul on 5 May.


Ambassador Patrick Rata travelled to Geochang in South Gyeongsang Province on 26 April to fire the starting gun for the fifth stage of the 2012 Tour de Korea cycling race.

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