New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser have announced changes designed to strengthen government investment in developing New Zealand’s export sector via the International Growth Fund.

The Fund invests up to $30 million annually as part of a package of targeted and tailored services from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) that help exporters accelerate growth in international markets.


On 24 April, a joint Australian-New Zealand commemorative service was held to mark the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyeong. New Zealand's 16th Field Regiment (artillery) played a vital role in supporting Australian and Canadian infantry defensive positions holding back the 60th Chinese Infantry Division - a vastly numerically superior force of 10,000 soldiers. The 16th Field regiment were awarded a Republic of Korea Presidential Citation for their vital role in this battle, which contributed significantly to stopping the Chinese advance towards the city of Seoul.


On 24 March, 22 students from Kapyeong-buk middle school were given a special treat as the New Zealand Embassy hosted a football training clinic complete with the All Whites, Prime Minister John Key, KFA Vice Chair Choi Soon-Ho and New Zealand’s Cultural Ambassador, actress Ha Jiwon.


On the occasion of the visit by Prime Minister John Key to Korea, Ambassador Clare Fearnley hosted a dinner reception on 23 March.


During and immediately after Prime Minister John Key's visit to Korea business groups from New Zealand and Korea came together to network and explore opportunities for collaboration.


There was more than a touch of magic in the air tonight as winners of the 2015 New Zealand International Business Awards were announced, with Queenstown-based experiential tourism company Magic Memories sweeping up four awards, including the coveted Judges’ Supreme Award for International Business.


Public submissions are being invited on the Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. The closing date for submissions is Friday 24 April 2015.

New Zealand and the Republic of Korea signed the Free Trade Agreement on 23 March 2015.

The text of the treaty and the National Interest Analysis are available on the Parliament website.


Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Korea opens a new chapter in the two countries’ relationship.


Trade Minister Tim Groser today signed the New Zealand Korea Free Trade Agreement with his Korean counterpart Yoon Sang-jick.

“Improving access to international markets through free trade agreements is a key component of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. Supporting our exporters is crucial to creating new jobs and boosting incomes for New Zealanders,” says Mr Groser.

“This Agreement secures the long-term future of New Zealand exporters to Korea whose international competitors were benefiting from Korea’s other FTAs.


Prime Minister John Key will visit Korea next week to mark the signing of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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