New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Prime Minister John Key today congratulated young Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko on her historic win at the LPGA Canadian Women’s Open.


New Zealander Lydia Ko has won the US Women's Amateur Golf Tournament. 15 year old Ko, who was born in South Korea, became the second youngest golfer to win the event.


In the context of the 2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship, Ambassador Patrick Rata was guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Sacheon International Percussion Festival held in Sacheon City, South Gyeongsang Province on 2 August. Over four days, forty percussion groups from 13 countries presented a variety of percussion performances. Following their commanding performance at the International Percussion Festival in Seoul, the high energy New Zealand drumming group “Strike” held the Sacheon audience spellbound during their opening night performance.


Ambassador Patrick Rata met with well-known Korean actress Ha Ji-won on 31 July. He congratulated her on her important contribution to the New Zealand-Korea bilateral relationship through her longstanding and continuing role as New Zealand’s Cultural Ambassador to Korea. He also highlighted the Embassy’s past and future activities to celebrate the official 2012 New Zealand-Korea Year of Friendship. Ms Ha talked about her connections and interest in New Zealand, as a place of great natural beauty and inspiration.


On 27 July Ambassador Patrick Rata attended the opening ceremony of the 24th Keochang International Festival of Theatre to support the festival as a Publicity Ambassador. In his remarks, Ambassador Rata congratulated the Mayor and organising team and wished them a successful event. He also highlighted the 2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship. Mayor Lee Hong-ki of the County acknowledged the important contribution of all Publicity Ambassadors. He expressed the hope that a New Zealand theatre group might attend a future festival.



CEO of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler, discussed with leading Korean travel companies and airline representatives ways to further improve the experience of Korean visitors to New Zealand, over a kiwi lunch hosted by Ambassador Rata. Thanks to the efforts of these operators, around 50,000 Korean visitors a year enjoyed a rich New Zealand experience. The industry representatives felt there was much room for further growth, and shared ideas on how to further improve tourism between Korea and New Zealand.


Popular New Zealand energy drink V is now available in Korea. V Green is on sale in 6,000 GS25 convenience stores, for the first time in Asia, and V Blue will be added in September. Carl Bergstrom, Managing Director of Frucor Beverages, and Satoru Tiger Abe, CEO of Frucor Brands International, together with Frucor’s Korean partner, HHC Limited, invited around 80 Korean VIPs, including Representative Dong Woo Shin and key customers including GS Retail to a launching event at the Embassy on 26 July.


New Zealand's internationally-renowned percussion group "Strike" will perform this Friday night (27 July) at 8.00pm at KNUA Hall of the Korea National University of Arts in Seocho-gu, Seoul. Theirs will be the prestigious closing performance of the week-long Second International Percussion Festival in Seoul.


The Embassy has published the May-June 2012 edition of Korea Update. To view it, please click "Korea Update".


Ambassador Patrick Rata was delighted to join as a Publicity Ambassador for the 24th Keochang International Festival of Theatre. The Keochang County Office has appointed 20 Publicity Ambassadors to promote the festival, which runs from 27 July to 12 August. The Publicity Ambassadors include well-known figures from the culture and art sector and other renowned people with links to the county in South Gyeongsang Province. Ambassador Rata's involvement follows his visit to Keochang to fire the starting gun for the fifth stage of the 2012 Tour de Korea cycling race in April.

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