New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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.


Korea JoongAng Daily today has published an interview with Ambassador Patrick Rata, "Kiwi envoy talks sports diplomacy".



Christchurch sculptor Graham Bennett was invited as one of five international guests to join nearly 80 Korean artists at the 2012 International Sculpture Festival, 7-13 April at the Hangaram Art Gallery in the Seoul Arts Center.


On the occasion of the visit to Korea by New Zealand Prime Minister Rt. Hon John Key in March, the Embassy has published Special Issue April 2012 of Korea Update. To view it please click Korea Update.

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