New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


New Zealand Embassy launches month-long New Zealand Festival in Korea with traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast

Festival to highlight strength of long-standing cultural ties and  trade relationship, celebrate Korea-New Zealand FTA

The New Zealand Embassy in Korea launched a month-long “New Zealand Festival in Korea” at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday 4 October 2015 by hosting a hangi, a traditional New Zealand Maori feast where food is cooked using heated rocks buried in a fire pit oven.


Atamira Dance Company, a leading contemporary dance company in New Zealand, came to Seoul in July to perform at the 21st Chang Mu International Dance Festival.

Ambassador Fearnley went along to the opening performance on 27 July and described Atamira’s performance of “Haka” as “spine-tingling!”


A delegation from the National Assembly visited New Zealand in July as part of a wider programme aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.

The National Assembly’s New Zealand Friendship Group Chairperson Hong Il-Pyo and Vice Chairs Kim Dong-cheol and Kim Tae Won spent a week in New Zealand from 25 July.


Over the past months, the Embassy has continued its regular outreach work – involving the National Assembly and other leaders.

In June, Ambassador Fearnley hosted dinner for Vice Speaker Lee Seok Hyun, and Representatives Yoon Kwan Suk, Kim Kwan Young and Yoo Eun Hae. Vice Speaker Lee and Representative Yoon shared stories of their great experiences visiting New Zealand in May.  There was good discussion about the value of parliamentary exchanges and the growing maturity of the Korea-New Zealand relationship.


Ambassador Fearnley spent time in Gwangju City and surrounding South Jeolla Province in July to show her support for the New Zealand team competing at the Universiade.

A total of 66 New Zealand athletes from seven sports competed alongside athletes from 143 countries at the World University Summer Games from 3-14 July 2015.      


The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs generously hosted a number of Korean War veterans on a revisit programme to Korea over 23-27 July.

New Zealand veterans Donald McKenzie and Jim Newman were amongst the international veterans present in Korea at the time.  Mr McKenzie was part of the programme and Mr Newman was in Korea as First Vice-President of the International Federation of Korean War Veterans Associations.


Two events aimed at New Zealand alumni in Korea saw dozens of former students gather in July to share memories and network.

A University of Auckland alumni function at the Ambassador’s Residence on 2 July was attended by over 130 people.

University of Auckland Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon updated guests on recent developments at the University such as the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014.


Ambassador Fearnley called on Environment Minister Yoon Seong-kyu on 10 July to discuss climate change and other environmental issues following the release of both countries’ greenhouse gas emission reduction goals or INDCs.

Ambassador Fearnley noted cooperation between Korea and New Zealand on a range of environmental matters will be enhanced by the Environment Chapter of the bilateral free trade agreement.

On 7 July, Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser announced New Zealand will commit to a new, more ambitious climate change target.


Ambassador Fearnley visited Jeju Island in May to attend the Jeju Forum, which brings together leaders from across the world to promote peace and common prosperity in East Asia.

This year’s attendees included former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark.


Ambassador Clare Fearnley together with Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) hosted a New Zealand grass-fed beef reception on 18 June which featured two beef dishes prepared by a 2015 B+LNZ Ambassador Chef, Marc Soper, who is Executive Chef at the luxury lodge Wharekauhau Country Estate in New Zealand’s Wairarapa region.

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