10 November 2013 - Marking 60 Years of NZ-German Diplomatic Relations
On November 10, 1953, diplomatic relations were first established between New Zealand and the Federal Republic of Germany. Since those early beginnings, the world has changed in innumerable ways; but the relationship between our two countries has strengthened and expanded steadily.
Embassy Opening Hours
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 2013 and then from 31 December 2013 until 2 January 2014.
Please note: the Consular Section will be closed on 23 and 27 December.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
“60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and New Zealand” is the theme of the new exhibition in the atrium of the Federal Foreign Office, which will run from 7 to 28 November. On 10 November 2013, the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries will be celebrated for the 60th time. The exhibition in the atrium is a joint project of the Federal Foreign Office, the German Embassy in Wellington and the Embassy of New Zealand in Berlin.
30 years of the New Zealand German Business Association (NZGBA) in New Zealandwere recently celebrated with a Black Tie Gala event at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.
10 November 1953 saw the beginning of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Germany. Today, we celebrate not only the 60th anniversary of the event, but reflect on the lively economic, scientific and cultural exchange which has blossomed since then. The Auckland Goethe Society held a formal reception to mark the jubilee at Auckland’s Old Government House.
At a recent ceremony, Pakuranga College received an official ‘Partner School’ plaque by German Ambassador Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich. “A partner school is one that has German as a focus of excellence,” she explained to the assembled audience which included members of the college’s languages department, German language students and members of the local German Club. “There are now more than 1500 such partner schools worldwide with five of them in New Zealand,” said Dr Schleich.
At a meeting between the Embassies in Canberra and Wellington, the Consulate General in Sydney and the Honorary Consuls in Australia, New Zealand and a number of pacific states at the consular conference from 6 to 8 November, it was evident how devoted and highly motivated the Honorary Consuls and their staff are in furthering relationships between Germany and their country of residence.
This year’s Day of German Unity, the National Day of Germany, was celebrated in Wellington at the “Boatshed” on Taranaki Wharf. Over 250 official guests attended the function at the invitation of German Ambassador Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich and her husband Mr. Cheng Tan, among them many New Zealand ministers and parliamentarians.
New Bayer Laboratory
Deputy Ambassador Silke Röfer, Honorary Consul Erich Bachmann, Minister Steven Joyce and Country Manager Bayer NZ Ltd Holger Detje
(© Silke Röfer)
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