1. Walter Scheel Walter Scheel 1919 - 2016
  2. Down Under - Flying Observatory SOFIA in New Zealand
  3.  German Refugee Policy
Walter Scheel

Walter Scheel 1919 - 2016

Germany mourns the passing of a former Foreign Minister and Federal President. Walter Scheel will be remembered as a great politician of the young Federal Republic of Germany’s first decades whose tremendous impact on our foreign policy in difficult times is still felt today.  A condolence book at the German Embassy in Wellington (90 Hobson Street, Thorndon) is open for signature during the following times: Monday,  29.8.2016:  10-12 a.m. and 2.30 - 4.00 p.m. Tuesday, 30.8.2016: 10-12 p.m. and 2.00 - 4.00 p.m.

Down Under - Flying Observatory SOFIA in New Zealand

The DLR’s (German Aerospace Center) and NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) flying astronomical observatory SOFIA is on observation mission in the southern hemisphere for the third time. The research flights focus on the observation of areas of star formation and star occultation, which can only be seen in the southern hemisphere. SOFIA is an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters. The telescope is enhanced to collect infrared radiation, and is able to detect energy at a wider range of wavelengths than any other ground-based or space telescope. The telescope was designed and built in Germany and is DLR’s contribution to the programme. The flying observatory arrived in Christchurch on 9 June. Until 20 July, a team of about 100 staff members, e.g. pilots, service crews and telescope experts, and among them more than 35 German scientists,  will be implementing its measuring campaign. SOFIA makes use of New Zealand’s long winter nights and the low steam concentration in the atmosphere to ensure the data collected at its first two New Zealand missions will be complemented and further regions of the sky can be explored.

German Refugee Policy

Germany's basic law guarantees political refugees asylum in line with its humanitarian responsibilities. Information on the current refugee policy and the situation in Germany can be found here:

BuildNZ 2016: Opening German Pavillion

NZGBA-BuildNZ 2016 Enlarge image Ambassador Thiedemann and the NZGBA team at BuildNZ in Christchurch (© NZGBA)

Ambassador Thiedemann welcomed exhibitors and visitors at the 'Made in Germany' pavilion organized by the New Zealand Business Association (NZGBA) at the BuildNZ fair NZGBA-BuildNZ 2016 Enlarge image BuildNZ 2016 - German Pavillon (© NZGBA) in Christchurch earlier this month. The pavilion gave German exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products and services at New Zealand's most important event for the construction, building, and design sectors. The BuildNZ fair plays an important part in enhancing German technologies in the New Zealand building sector. More than 2300 architects, designers, building companies and related trade agencies were present.

The "made in Germany" pavillion received highly positive feedback from the exhibitors - BuildNZ, they said, had exceeded their expectations.

German Security Council candidature logo

Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

NZ Model UN 2016

From 1 to 4 July 2016, this year’s NZ Model United Nations event was staged in Wellington. NZ Model UN is the premier Model UN event on UN Youth's calendar, offering four days of debate, engaging guest speakers and a whole host of other events guaranteed to prove education and fun.

Applications open for NAMA Low-Carbon Development Programme

Enlarge image The application process for the 4th call of the NAMA Facility has now started.  The NAMA Facility is a multi-donor programme that supports the implementation of the most ambitious Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) inducing transformational change towards a low-carbon development pathway. It was jointly established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). They were later joint by the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate (EFKM), Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). It provides financial support to developing countries and emerging economies that show leadership on tackling climate change and want to implement transformational country-led NAMAs within the global mitigation architecture in the short- and mid-term.

Applications will be open until 31 October 2016.

Further information can be found here.

Berlinale-Talents 2017

Enlarge image The 2017 Berlin International Film Festival will again stage the "Berlinale-Talents", a creative networking platform for film and TV drama series professionals from around the world. It consists of a summit with master classes and interactive panel discussions as well as studio programmes and project labs. 250 international creative talents from 12 different different disciplines are invited to Berlin to expand their horizons and contribute their own input. They share experiences with experts and each other and become part of the ever-growing community of Berline Talents alumni. Applications have to be sumitted by 1 September 2016.

Interested? Please find more information here

Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann

Dear readers interested in Germany, dear fellow Germans, As new German Ambassador in Wellington, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the German Embassy and its website. I hope that through our internet services you will get a valuable insight into our country as well as our tasks and activities here in New Zealand and the South Pacific region. New Zealanders and Germans view each other with a great deal of mutual empathy and respect based on many years of friendly cooperation. Many Kiwis throughout their lives have developed connections to Germany or even speak the language. This makes them a unique bridge between our countries and our people.

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Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

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