New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea


South Korea and New Zealand have held the 7th round of negotiations toward a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Auckland from 10-13 June 2014.


Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes two defence arrangements with France and South Korea which were signed at Shangri-La Dialogue.

“It is important to develop our practical co-operation, and to strengthen our relationships with a range of defence partners,” says Dr Coleman.

Dr Coleman and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signed a Status of Forces Agreement on defence co-operation. It provides a framework for existing and future defence engagement activities, including exercises and training.


Fourteen New Zealand food and beverage companies joined forces on 20 May to showcase premium New Zealand products to over 250 experts from the Korean food and beverage industry at NZTE’s Food Connection event. Guests included top chefs, menu developers and buyers from major hotels, restaurants and catering companies, retailers/distributors, culinary professors and power bloggers. Many guests came from as far away as Masan and Namhae to sample the Kiwi cuisine.


A variety of premium New Zealand food and beverage products were showcased at the New Zealand Pavilion at the Seoul Food & Hotel 2014 show from 13-16 May, sparking keen interest from locals - in particular, some very special Kiwi treats, such as meat pies and custard squares.


8 May 2014

New Zealand’s food and beverage industry is well positioned for substantial growth, with exports on track to double in value in the next 15 years to US$40 billion, according to reports released today.


7 May, 2014

Former Auckland Grammar School student Byung-Cheol Cho has been awarded this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence at the annual NZQA Top Scholar Award ceremony held at Parliament today.

Education Minister Hekia Parata congratulated Byung-Cheol on winning the award, which recognises the success of the New Zealand Scholarship student who showed the highest overall level of academic excellence in 2013.


7 May, 2014

New Zealand’s service sector ranked amongst the most open in a recent survey of 40 countries conducted by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) says Trade Minister, Tim Groser, speaking from the OECD's annual Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris. 


DPRK Ambassador Ri Jong-ryul (resident in Jakarta) presented his credentials to the Governor General on 1 May.  He had meetings with New Zealand officials subsequently.  Topics discussed included New Zealand concerns on the DPRK's nuclear and missile programmes, international behaviour and human rights record.  There was no substantive change in the bilateral relationship.


South Korea and New Zealand free trade agreement (FTA) negotiators have met for an intersessional meeting in Bali, Indonesia.


New Zealand Korean War veterans presented scholarships to 10 Korean students from Kapyeong-buk Middle School, following a service at the Anzac memorial in Kapyeong on 24 April 2014.

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