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!
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.
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“.
Top Learners of German Honoured at Embassy Reception
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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".