New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


Thirty three New Zealand veterans of the Korean War joined Prime Minister John Key in Korea to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The veterans’ visited Korea 24-30 July, led by Minister of Veterans Affairs Michael Woodhouse, and joined by Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force Rhys Jones.  


Prime Minister John Key announced today that he will travel to South Korea to join New Zealand veterans in commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice which ended the Korean War. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Michael Woodhouse will also accompany the veterans.


On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, KTV interviewed Ambassador Patrick Rata on the bilateral relations between our two countries including New Zealand's participation in the war. To view it, please click "the interview".


Six Korean secondary and primary school students from Songpa-gu received Christchurch Songpa-gu Sister City Youth Ambassador Scholarships at a ceremony held at the New Zealand Residence on 30 June. 


Applications for New Zealand’s international doctoral research scholarships close soon (15 July). The scholarships provide full tuition fees, plus living and other allowances, for top performing international PhD students. Visit our website for information about the scholarship criteria and application process.


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.

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