1. President Steinmeier visits New Zealand
  2. Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn
  3. Island Mainau/Lake Constance: blooming tulips Welcome to Germany!

President Steinmeier visits New Zealand

German Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a state visit to New Zealand at the invitation of Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy from 5 to 7 November 2017.  He was accompanied by his wife Elke Büdenbender and a delegation of members of the German Government and Parliament. Several guests with a special interest in New Zealand-German relations were also attending the visit.

Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn

Increasing desertification is becoming a growing global concern.  The Global Climate Conference 2017 (Conference of the Parties - COP) will take place in Germany, this year under the chairmanship of Fiji.  International diplomats, politicians and representatives from the private sector will convene in Bonn from 6 to 17 November 2017 to debate the issue. It will be the 23rd meeting of the UN Conference of the Parties. In addition, five other will committees are scheduled to get together within the overall framework, with an overall expected attendance of up to 20.000 participants.

Island Mainau/Lake Constance: blooming tulips

Welcome to Germany!

Germany is a country with a diverse range of landscapes, towns and cities steeped in history and traditions.  From the Baltic Sea in the north to the Bavarian alps in the south, there is much to explore. Right in the middle of Europe, it offers much more than the conventional travel routes may suggest. Now that we have your attention, here are a few links to explore your travel opportunities in more detail: 

German Federal President Steinmeier visited New Zealand

German Federal President  Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a state visit to New Zealand from 5 to 7 November 2017 at the invitation of Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.  He was accompanied by his wife Elke Büdenbender and a delegation of members of the German Government and Parliament. Several guests with a special interest in New Zealand-German relations also attended the visit.

Baden–Wurttemberg Minister of Agriculture in New Zealand

A meeting between Baden–Wurttemberg Minister of Agriculture Peter Hauk and his New Zealand counterpart Damien O'Connor on 1 November marked the first bilateral ministerial meeting with the new New Zealand government.

Außenminister Sigmar Gabriel

Message from Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the Day of German Unity on 3 October 2017

Almost three decades ago, we celebrated German reunification and the end of the division of Europe into East and West. To this day, people all over the world are moved when they recall how this separation was overcome.

German National Day celebrated in Auckland and Wellington

Enlarge image (© German Embassy Wellington) Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann recently addressed the members of the German Society in Auckland at the celebration of the Day of German Unity as well as invited guests at a function in Wellington. 

Every year, the German Society (or German Club) organizes an event in commemoration of the successful re-unification of the two once divided German states after the fall of the wall 27 years ago.  The Society was formed almost 50 years ago and has been a cultural bridge not only for its own members in Auckland, but also in reaching out to its New Zealand partners across the region.

Both events were highly successful, with the Wellington celebration taking place in the "Boatshed" in the presence of Mr Jeff Langley from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who also spoke, raising a toast to German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the people of Germany.

Please click on the link below for the ambassador's addresses.

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Einheits-Guide / Unity Guide

On October third, Gernany celebrates the reunification of the country. In a peaceful revolution, the people had turned against the regime in East-Berlin and won their freedom. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the path was clear to reunite the divided Germany. All this happened more than 25 years ago, and young people only know it from narratives.

Fifty Years Marine Training Centre in Kiribati

Enlarge image Address and presentation by Ambassador Thiedemann (© German Embassy) German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann visited Kiribati in July to take part in the official celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Marine Training Centre in Tarawa. On this occasion, he gave an address and presented the Marine Training Centre's Library Upgrade.

The celebrations' highlights involved performances by several artists, a joint parade and an anniversary banquet.

Pro Clima Event Auckland 2017

New Centre for Energy Efficient Building

Just in time for the cold and windy season, a New Zealand subsidiary of the German company Pro Clima inaugurated its Centrr for Advanced Building Systems in Auckland on 7 July 2017.

Facelift for deutschland.de

Discover topics, find information, view videos, take part in the Germany Quiz and in online voting, interact with others: If you want to understand what makes Germany tick and what Germany is busy talking about, then visit deutschland.de and its social-media channels.

Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann

Dear readers interested in Germany, dear fellow Germans, 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.

Newsletter of the German Embassy Wellington

Tageszeitungen

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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

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel