New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


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New Zealand and Korea held Foreign Ministry Consultations in Seoul on 21 June 2013, led by Deputy Secretary Andrea Smith and Deputy Minister Lee Kyung-soo. The consultations are a key part of the framework of regular policy consultations between the two governments.


On 19 June Ambassador Patrick Rata paid a courtesy call on the Mayor of Pohang, Park Seung-ho. They discussed existing and future linkages between New Zealand and Pohang, including through Pohang’s friendly relationship with the city of Auckland.


On 14 June Ambassador Patrick Rata paid a courtesy call on President Hong Sang Pyo of the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). 


New Zealand Prime Minister commented on the Korea-New Zealand FTA to New Zealand media on 14 June.


On 10 June, Beef + Lamb New Zealand held a Trade Reception at the Ambassador’s Residence. Mr John Hundleby, Market Manager – Korea, invited around 80 key Korean beef and lamb industry contacts, including importers, distributors, hotel chefs, media and influential bloggers. An outdoor BBQ and buffet was provided and included tasty New Zealand beef and lamb dishes, New Zealand wine, beer and juice. A special New Zealand beef dish prepared by the Korean national culinary team was displayed and served.


On  June 5th, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise presented a ‘New Zealand Summer Picnic’ cooking class with leading monthly cooking and cuisine magazine Essen at Hou Restaurant in Seoul, aimed at introducing Korean food bloggers and consumers to New Zealand food and beverage products available at retail stores in Korea.


Tourism and Commerce Regulators in New Zealand have praised MBC TV’s ‘Complain Zero Up’ programme for helping to ensure Korean tourists enjoy their visit to New Zealand.

The comments were made by Tourism New Zealand spokesman Chris Roberts and Commerce Commission Chairperson Dr Mark Berry who were responding to an investigation by journalists into the mis-sale of souvenirs by some tourist souvenir businesses.

The separate comments from Mr Roberts and Dr Berry can be read below.


Ambassador Patrick Rata was delighted to host Dr Han Duck-Soo, Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (and former Prime Minister of Korea) to dinner on Wednesday 29 May.  It was an occasion for Ambassador Rata to learn about current priorities of KITA and for general discussion on the New Zealand–Korea trade and economic relationship.


The ‘New Zealand Wine Festival’ was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on May 18 and at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Busan on May 25. Building on the success of New Zealand wine events over the last four years, the Kiwi Chamber held two successful wine events, offering an array of white and red varieties to usher in the hot summer. This year the festival was held in Busan for the first time. The Busan event was very well received and attracted around 150 people, providing a great platform to build from.

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