New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Kang Chang-hee, met Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key during his recent visit to New Zealand.

The Speaker travelled with a delegation of members of the Republic of Korea National Assembly and officials, and the visit was an opportunity to deepen understanding of New Zealand’s system of government.

The visit followed earlier visit to Korea by Prime Minister Key in July 2013 and a parliamentary delegation led by Lindsay Tisch MP in January 2013.


17 February 2014

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Kang Chang-hee, is visiting New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand Parliament this week.

The Speaker is travelling with a delegation of members of the Republic of Korea National Assembly and officials, hoping to gain a better understanding of New Zealand’s system of government. Prior to his official visit to New Zealand, Speaker Kang is travelling to Antarctica to open the Republic of Korea’s new research base, Jang Bogo.


On 10 December, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise presented a ‘A Healthy Winter with New Zealand Cuisine’ cooking class with leading monthly cooking and cuisine magazine Essen at the Ranee Cooking Academy in Seoul.


Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomed Korea’s decision to resume formal negotiations toward a free trade agreement, following a meeting today in Bali with his Korean counterpart, Minister of Trade Yoon Sang-jick.


New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), supported by Education New Zealand, has signed Education Cooperation Arrangements with two Korean education agencies – Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) and National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE).  The Arrangements were signed last week during a visit to Seoul by NZQA Chief Executive, Karen Poutasi, and form part of the New Zealand Government’s on-going engagement with Korean education authorities to ensure and improve understanding and recognition of education qualifications between our two countries


Sixteen New Zealand food and beverage companies joined forces on 14 November to share New Zealand products and recipes with over 300 experts from the Korean food and beverage industry, including top chefs, menu developers and buyers from major hotels, restaurant chains and catering companies, retailers, food manufacturing companies, importers/distributors, journalists and power bloggers.


On 30 October 2013 Ambassador Patrick Rata accompanied by the Defence Attaché Colonel Jeremy Ramsden and Defence Office Manager Hur Chul, visited the island of Paeknyong to present scholarships to 17 students from Paeknyong Middle and High School.   The scholarships, worth a total of KRW 5,000,000, were made possible through donations from New Zealand veterans of the Korean War and Kiwi expats working in Seoul. 

New Zealand had six naval ships involved in the Korean War, three of which operated in the waters around the island of Paeknyong-do.


The New Zealand government announced on 10 October 2013 that more international students will be allowed to work while they study in New Zealand. This will create new opportunities for the six thousand Korean students studying at New Zealand Universities and other tertiary institutes.

The New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, and Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, announced that:


Amongst the glitz and glamour of the Busan International Film Festival last week, NZTE and Film New Zealand had their sleeves rolled up at the 13th annual BIFCOM (Busan International Film Commission and Industry Showcase) tradeshow, broadening opportunities for New Zealand’s Screen Industry and scooping the best participant accolade.

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