1. Applications welcome! Falling Walls Australia Competition
  2. EU is the world's largest market Public Consultation for EU-NZL Free Trade Agreement starts
  3. RV SONNE RV SONNE in New Zealand and the South Pacific

Applications welcome! Falling Walls Australia Competition

The Falling Walls Lab is a challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary competition for outstanding talents from the agricultural, medical, economical, engineering and humanities sectors. Falling Walls Lab Australia takes place on 24 August 2016 at the Australian Academy of Science Shine Dome in Canberra. New Zealanders are welcome to apply.

EU is the world's largest market

Public Consultation for EU-NZL Free Trade Agreement starts

The EuropeanCommission's Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE) on 11 March 2016 has launched its public consultations on the prospect of opening negotiations for an EU-NZ FTA. This is an opportunity for everyone to express their thoughts about such negotiations directly to the European Commission. The German Embassy encourages stakeholders in New Zealand to explain whether and how they might use and/or be affected by such an agreement. This consultation will remain open until 3 June 2016. Information about the consultation and an online questionnaire is available on DG TRADE's website:


RV SONNE in New Zealand and the South Pacific

The flagship of German research vessels - RV SONNE - is currently sailing the South Pacific. Just before the Easter break the ship visited Wellington for a change of the research crew and loading of large equipment.

Call for Applications: German Fellowships to Meet the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century

Enlarge image Environmental management training programme by the CIPSEM – Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management of the Technische Universität Dresden

The programme offers a range of courses on environmental management, co-financed by the German government.

Courses focus on interdisciplinary strategies and appropriate measures for a preventive and controlling protection of the environment, while taking ecological, socio-economic and cultural aspects into account.

Environmental Management Programme Info Flyer [pdf, 1,050.46k]

Environmental Management Programme Info Flyer [pdf, 1,050.46k]

New Zealand and German Foreign Ministers meet

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with his German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmeier on 21 April 2016 in Berlin. Among the topics discussed were issues of common interest on the UN Security council agenda, bilateral relations and the planned New Zealand/ EU Free Trade Agreement.

Competition open for application

The Falling Walls Lab Australia Competition 2016 for outstanding talents of all disciplines is now open for application.

Aerospace Center holds Web Conference in Wellington

"Research is hope. Research connects." was the motto of an international Web Conference held by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in April.

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2016

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The Deutsche Welle is staging the 9th Global Media Forum in Bonn from 13 to 15 June 2016. The forum is held in English and participants from over 130 countries are expected to attend (last year saw over 2.200 participants, among them almost 600 press representatives).

The conference, which is supported by the German Foreign Office, will have "Media. Freedom. Values." as its theme. Media representatives from around the globe - among them many from Deutsche Welle's partners - will have a chance to discuss topics such as selective perception in the internet, the endangerment of democratic values, responsibilities and sustainability of politics and the role of the media with persons from the political, cultural, economic, development and scientific fields.

More about the conference

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Asia-Pacific-Weeks Berlin 2016

The 11th Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) will take place in Berlin from 23 May to 3 June 2016. They are dedicated to startups and their ecosystems under the slogan "Asia-Europe Innovation Dialogue". The APW - now an annual event - are Europe`s most important platform for dialogue and cooperation with partners from the Asia-Pacific region. Relevant institutional players from the business, science, cultural and political sectors meet here, for networking and cooperation in practice.

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.

Newsletter of the German Embassy Wellington


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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.

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