New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


A new alumni group has been established for Korea-based former students of New Zealand educational institutions.

The New Zealand Alumni Association (NZAA) met with Prime Minister John Key and Education NZ representatives when they visited Seoul in March.


Clare Fearnley has officially become New Zealand’s Ambassador to Korea after presenting her credentials to President Park Geun-hye in a ceremony at the Blue House on 12 February 2015.

Ambassador Fearnley is the 14th resident Head of Mission to Korea to be appointed by New Zealand since the diplomatic relationship between the two countries was established in 1962.  There have also been four non-resident Ambassadors.


New Zealand tourism suppliers and major Korean travel agents came together in Seoul in March to participate in Tourism NZ’s ‘Kiwilink Korea’ programme.

Kiwilink Korea allows New Zealand tourism suppliers the opportunity to deepen their relationship with Korean travel partners and to update them on new products.

This year 14 New Zealand suppliers and 36 Korean agents participated in a full day of scheduled appointments which culminated in an event hosted by Ambassador Fearnley on 12 March.


Ambassador Fearnley has been active in her first 100 days in Korea calling on prominent politicians, mayors, business people, officials, media, academics, commentators, journalists, and fellow Ambassadors.

In the National Assembly, Ambassador Fearnley’s calls have included:


A variety of fresh, healthy food and beverage was showcased at the New Zealand pavilion at Seoul Food and Hotel, the largest food and beverage trade show in Korea, from 12-15 May.

At the New Zealand pavilion, 10 New Zealand companies exhibited lamb, dairy, kiwifruit, fruit pieces, flakes and paste, custard square, jam, sauce, honey, health supplement products, wine, fruit and coffee syrups.


Do you want to have a say on the future of the New Zealand flag?
Later this year and early next year, New Zealanders enrolled to vote will be asked to participate in two postal referenda to consider the future of the New Zealand flag:
1. to rank the shortlist of four flag alternatives
2. to keep the current flag or adopt the preferred alternative design.


The strength of New Zealand’s ICT sector has been revealed in a new report released by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Communications Minister Amy Adams.

The 2015 ICT Sector Report is the second in a series that provides in-depth analysis of New Zealand’s information and communications technology sector, and showcases New Zealand’s very strong performance in the ICT industry over the last few years.  The first report was released in 2013.


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.

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