New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Auckland is the friendliest city in the world according to readers of travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.


The 8th round of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Korea and New Zealand resulted in good progress, closing out much of the text of the agreement.

Negotiators from both sides met in Seoul from 4-8 August 2014.

Substantive work has now largely been completed in the areas of services, government procurement, intellectual property, customs procedures, trade remedies, institutional provisions, trade and labour, and trade and environment.

However, some work remains to be done on goods, rules of origin, cooperation, temporary entry, and investment.


A delegation of eleven New Zealand companies visited Korea to take part in NZTE’s ‘Path to Market’ programme on 5-6 August  2014. The delegation comprised natural and organic businesses across multiple sectors, including, food & beverage, cosmetics, functional food ingredients and wine.


New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) has developed a set of 14 Regional Investment Profiles in partnership with Economic Development Agencies to promote investment opportunities in each region of New Zealand.


New Zealand is in the top 11 percent of world economies in terms of GDP per capita, and ranks first on the Corruption Perception Index, third in Ease of Doing Business and fifth in the Index of Economic Freedom.


New Zealand Trade & Enterprise has produced a YouTube animation, which maps the growth of New Zealand exports to its key markets from 1983 through to 2013.


Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will visit Korea, Croatia, Montenegro and Georgia this week.


Trade and Climate Change Minister Tim Groser has welcomed the formal launch of international negotiations on the liberalisation of environmental goods.

The negotiations were launched by a group of members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“New Zealand is very pleased to be a part of this new initiative,” says Mr Groser.


NZTE and Korea’s National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) last week signed a Cooperation Agreement to promote the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry and encourage collaboration between ICT companies from both countries.


Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse has today announced the timetable for the introduction of mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) for cars imported to New Zealand.

Mr Woodhouse has signed a new Land Transport Rule that will phase in mandatory ESC for all new and used light passenger and goods vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet.

“ESC has been described by the New Zealand Automobile Association and many road safety experts as the most significant advance in vehicle safety since the seatbelt,” Mr Woodhouse says.

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