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Visit by the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Angela Merkel, to New Zealand

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Angela Merkel, was visiting New Zealand (Auckland) from 13 to 14 November 2014. This was her first visit to New Zealand.


During the Christmas and New Year period, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wellington will be closed from 24 until 27 December 2014 and then from 31 December 2014 until 2 January 2015.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Truce remembered 100 years after WWI

Amidst the carnage of WW I, soldiers from both sides left the trenches to join in a peaceful football match. While the historical circumstances of this incident cannot be completely determined, it is at least certain that on Christmas Eve 1914, the guns remained silent on parts of the Western Front.

Top Learners of German Honoured at Embassy Reception

On December 15, German Ambassador Dr Anne-Marie Schleich welcomed several students from Victoria University in Wellington to the German Embassy. The students had ignored Oscar Wilde’s advice that “life’s too short to learn German“.

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German presidency of the G7

Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.

Further information is available on the following websites:

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Chancellor Merkel congratulates Prime Minister John Key

German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel's congratulations to Prime Minister John Key were published in the following press release.

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Germany intensifies Involvement in Climate Protection in the Pacific

Since 2008, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has spent around 140 million euros from its International Climate Initiative (ICI) in support of collaborative projects with small island states to adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity and promote the establishment of a sustainable energy supply. This involves supporting the local population of the islands in the sustainable management of their natural resources and preservation of ecological diversity.

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Commemoration marking the 100th Anniversary of the New Zealand Occupation of German Samoa

German Deputy Head of Mission Dr Thomas Henzschel on 29 August 2014 attended the 100th Anniversary of the New Zealand occupation of German Samoa in Auckland. The occasion was marked by a reception at Auckland Museum followed by a ceremony at the Cenotaph and was attended by a great number of dignitaries.

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Poll: Germany retains positive image

Germany’s image in the world remains positive. In a poll conducted annually in 24 countries, Germany has maintained its position as the country with the most positive influence in the world in 2014...

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Life Swap

Life Swap is a series of short animated Skype conversations between two young men, Jörg, 27, from Münster, Germany and Duncan, 27, from Wellington, New Zealand. Facing their respective quarter life crises, Jörg and Duncan decided it was time for a change. They spontaneously bought plane tickets to the other side of the world and are now signed up to live each other's lives for a whole year. Excited? Curious? Find out more on the Goethe-Institut's website by following Jörg's and Duncan's most recent Skype-conversation about their adventures in "Good Old Germany" and "The Land of the Long White Cloud".

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Time and weather in Germany

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Christmas in Germany

Yes, Germany really is magical at Christmas time. It has over 2,500 Christmas markets with fairy lights and romantic little stalls where you can savour the delectable aromas of roasted almonds, baked apples and mulled wine. The link below will take you on a tour through Christmas time in Germany.

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall

Eine Radtour entlang der ehemaligen Mauer

25 years ago, on the evening of 9 November 1989, the Wall that divided Germany finally fell in Berlin.

Greetings from the Ambassador

Dear Visitor,                 Kia Ora and a warm welcome to the website of the German Embassy in Wellington. As the German Ambassador to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu, I extend to you my warmest personal greetings.

Commemoration of the First World War

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2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. It gives us cause to reflect on the immeasurable suffering inflicted during the war years and the post-war period.

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.

Crisis Prevention List

We offer all German citizens staying permanently or temporarily in New Zealand the opportunity to register online to be included in a Crisis Prevention List.

To register go to the link below:

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