New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


New Zealand’s agritechnology exports are worth approximately $1.2 billion annually, and there is a big opportunity to grow them further according to the latest research into the sector, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said today.


Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomed today’s initialling by Chief Negotiators of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.

“Initialling marks the end of the text’s legal verification process.  It’s another milestone as we progress towards bringing the FTA into force,” says Mr Groser.

“The next step is translation of the text into Korean, which will be completed early next year. Following translation, the FTA will be signed.


Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key says the Government’s investment in tourism is paying off with New Zealand voted the top country in the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards, for the third year in a row.

Almost 90,000 people responded to the survey, making it the biggest survey of its kind.  New Zealand headed off the Maldives and South Africa to win the “favourite country” category. New Zealand also won the category in 2012 and 2013.


17 New Zealand food and beverage companies joined forces on 20 November at Seoul’s Plaza Hotel to showcase New Zealand recipes and products to over 300 Korean food and beverage industry experts, including executive chefs, menu developers from major hotels, restaurant chains and catering companies, retailers/distributors, sommeliers, manufacturers, journalists and power bloggers.


Prime Minister John Key today announced that New Zealand and the Republic of Korea have completed Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

“Korea is New Zealand’s sixth largest export destination for goods and services and eighth largest import source of goods and services, with total two-way trade of $4 billion in the year ending June 2014,” says Mr Key.

“The FTA will put New Zealand exporters back on a level playing field with competitors from Korea’s other FTA partners, such as the United States, Chile and the European Union.


Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the announcement on the successful conclusion of negotiations with the Republic of Korea on a Free Trade Agreement.

“Korea is one of New Zealand’s biggest and most important trading partners,” says Mr Groser.

“The FTA will deliver real economic benefits for both our countries. It will create more opportunities for our business and will deliver cheaper products to consumers. It’s a win-win agreement.


NZTE Seoul is supporting a New Zealand Food and Beverage (F&B) promotion at eight Lotte Mart stores in Seoul and its vicinity areas for seven days from 13-19 November. A wide range of premium New Zealand F&B products from 25 companies will be sold, beef and lamb, seafood, fruit, beverages, snacks, honey and dairy.


The winners selected to join The Hobbit Fan Fellowship contest were treated to the ultimate celebration at their journey’s end - a sneak preview screening of the highly anticipated final film in Oscar-winner Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy and a private Q&A with the director and key members of his filmmaking team.

Kicked off at this year’s Comic-Con International to a crowd of nearly 7,000 screaming fans, The Hobbit Fan Fellowship contest drew more than 140,000 entrants from approximately 30 countries.


New Zealand is the third most prosperous country to live in according to an international report.


Antarctica New Zealand welcomes the Korean National Antarctic Programme to Christchurch's Antarctic community. On 3 November, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) has opened their New Zealand-based cooperation office at the International Antarctic Centre where the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic programmes are currently based. Visit the website of Antarctica New Zealand for more information.

Source: Antarctica New Zealand

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