1. RV SONNE Open Ship Day RV "Sonne" in Auckland
  2. Antarctica - mountains and sky Ross Sea finally declared world's largest Marine Sanctuary
  3. Zerstörungen Nähe Kaikoura Kaikoura-Earthquake on 14.11.2016

Open Ship Day RV "Sonne" in Auckland

Come and see one of the most modern research vessels in the world: The flagship of German Oceanic Research - the RV Sonne - is once again about to traverse the Southern Pacific ocean. On 25 of January 2017, it will anchor at Auckland's Princes Wharf East to exchange crew and take on new technological equipment. An "Open Ship Day" will be held in Auckland on 25 January to give members of the public the opportunity to tour the vessel free of charge.

Antarctica - mountains and sky

Ross Sea finally declared world's largest Marine Sanctuary

A highly significant step towards global marine protection has been reached. NZ and 25 countries, among them Germany, have agreed in creating the world's largest marine sanctuary of over a 1.55 million km2 in Antarctica's Ross Sea. After 6 years of difficult and lengthy deliberations, all 25 member states accepted the proposal put forward jointly by Germany and New Zealand.

Zerstörungen Nähe Kaikoura

Kaikoura-Earthquake on 14.11.2016

Please click on the links below for information on the severe Kaikoura-Earthquake on 14 November 2016 in the South Island of New Zealand, as well as action taken by the German Embassy Wellington


On 23 January 2017 the embassy will remain closed for Wellington Anniversary Day.

Launch of Electric Car Sharing in Wellington

three men in front of car Enlarge image (© Luke Calder Photography)

The promotion of electric mobility is a priority of the German Federal Government. It was a fitting event on 12 December that launched the MEVO Car-Share-On-Demand in Wellington, which uses a number of snazzy German AUDI A3 electric vehicles.

MEVO CEO Erik Zydervelt, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann marked this significant step toward a cutting-edge, climate-conscious Smart City Wellington.

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2017

 Enlarge image (© BMEL) The GFFA is an international conference that focuses on key issues regarding the future of the global agri-food industry.  The 9th GFFA will be held from 19-21 January 2017 during the International Green Week in Berlin. The forum gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance political understanding on topics of current agricultural policy within the context of food security. 

To register, please click here.

Ambassador Thiedemann presents Letter of Credence to the Queen’s Representative in the Cook Islands, HE Tom Marsters

German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Cook Islands from 12 to 19 November 2016 on the occasion of presenting his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to the Queen’s Representative in the Cook Islands, HE Tom Marsters.

Ambassador Thiedemann presents his Letter of Credence to Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi of Samoa

German+Samoan flag Enlarge image (© Colourbox) German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann visited Samoa from 19 to 22 Oktober 2016 Samoa for the official presentation of his Letter of Credence by Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck to Samoan Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. Ambassador Thiedemann gave his thanks for the warm welcome and fruitful talks with Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and other leading personalities of the country. The two countries enjoy a long history of friendly bilateral relations beginning in the mid-1800s and consolidated formally in their friendship treaty of 1972. Their mutual priorities today focus on their successful cooperation in the climate change field, conservation and oceanic protection. 

Mr Thiedemann also visited a fisheries project in the village of Falelatei which is supported by Germany in the framework of its bilateral project programme, where he was accompanied by Dr. Wulf Killmann, the GIZ director in the Pacific region.

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Deutsche Welle Journalism Traineeship for 2017

Deutsche Welle is offering a paid journalism traineeship in Bonn and Berlin starting in September 2017 for English and German native speakers. Applications (online only) should be from English native speakers with a working knowledge of German or German native speaker with a working knowledge of English and received between 5.1.2017 and 17.02.2017.

For comprehensive information, please click here.

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.

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Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

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