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  2. Down Under - Flying Observatory SOFIA in New Zealand
  3.  German Refugee Policy
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Welcome to Germany!

Germany has specific economic, geographic and cultural location factors which shape its image. Like any location, however, it is primarily defined by its people. They, their ideas and their activities form the basis of and provide cohesion for society. This is where the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative comes in with a platform. The initiative seeks to use its projects and competitions to encourage people to make their ideas and innovations public and visible, thereby creating a social climate characterised by imaginative flair and a wealth of ideas. More...

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:

Message from Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the Day of German Unity, 3 October 2016

The fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany and the overcoming of the division of Europe into East and West: without a doubt, these events marked a historic watershed whose impact stretched far beyond Germany’s borders.

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New Zealand PhD student comes 3rd at Falling Walls Lab Australia 2016

Stephanie-Anne Crost, a New Zealand PhD student,  has taken the third prize at this year'sFalling Walls Lab Australia.  Falling Walls calls for talented young researchers and professionals from Australia and New Zealand to showcase their most innovative ideas. The “Falling Walls Lab” is an innovative scientific challenge for bright young researchers, Bachelor, Master and PhD students, postdocs, young professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators from all disciplines in Australia and New Zealand.

German Film Festival 2016

 Enlarge image (© Goethe-Institut) The Goethe-Institut New Zealand will be celebrating its 8th German Film Festival this month with new releases from Germany, Austria and Switzerland being shown around New Zealand.  Dramas, documentaries and a new adaptation of children’s classic "Heidi"  will screen in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin , New Plymouth and Auckland between 24 September and 16 October. All films are subtitled in English and admission will be free of charge.

DAAD-Scholarships for the academic year 2017/2018

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The DAAD's scholarship database for foreign students, graduates and academics provides a wide range of tips and information to help applicants successfully apply for funding for a course of study or a research assignment.

The German Embassy in Wellington takes applications for the following :

  • Scholarships for graduates of all science subjects
  • Research scholarship for PhD students, post-PhD students and young researchers
  • Working stay scholarships for Fine Arts and Architecture students
  • Research stay scholarships for university lecturers and scientists
  • Follow-on scholarships for former scholarship recipients

Please find detailed information on funding 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.

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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.

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.

Vacancy at the Office of the Honorary Consul in Auckland

The German Honorary Consul in Auckland is looking for an office assistant for up to 30 hours a week. 

More (only in German):

Newsletter of the German Embassy Wellington


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If not, here is the link to our Newsletter archive and the latest publication which contains information about the bilateral relations between Germany, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

This new edition is a useful compendium for anyone seeking reliable, up-to-date information about Germany. The compact paperback provides facts and figures and covers many topics, such as history and culture, population and geography, the political system and the economy. Its companion volume Facts for You has young international readers in mind and focuses on education, green technologies, creative industries and sports, to name but a few.

Both books are available as PDF-Downloads