Germany has come first in the current Nations Brand Index. After topping the table in 2014, Germany ranked second in 2015 and 2016. With constant high scores in five of the six categories, Germany’s positive image is broad-based.
German Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a state visit to New Zealand from 5 to 7 November 2017 at the invitation of Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. He was accompanied by his wife Elke Büdenbender and a delegation of members of the German Government and Parliament. Several guests with a special interest in New Zealand-German relations also attended the visit.
A meeting between Baden–Wurttemberg Minister of Agriculture Peter Hauk and his New Zealand counterpart Damien O'Connor on 1 November marked the first bilateral ministerial meeting with the new New Zealand government.
German National Day celebrated in Auckland and Wellington
(© German Embassy Wellington)
Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann recently addressed the members of the German Society in Auckland at the celebration of the Day of German Unity as well as invited guests at a function in Wellington.
Every year, the German Society (or German Club) organizes an event in commemoration of the successful re-unification of the two once divided German states after the fall of the wall 27 years ago. The Society was formed almost 50 years ago and has been a cultural bridge not only for its own members in Auckland, but also in reaching out to its New Zealand partners across the region.
Both events were highly successful, with the Wellington celebration taking place in the "Boatshed" in the presence of Mr Jeff Langley from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who also spoke, raising a toast to German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the people of Germany.
Please click on the link below for the ambassador's addresses.
Einheits-Guide / Unity Guide
On October third, Gernany celebrates the reunification of the country. In a peaceful revolution, the people had turned against the regime in East-Berlin and won their freedom. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the path was clear to reunite the divided Germany. All this happened more than 25 years ago, and young people only know it from narratives.
Just in time for the cold and windy season, a New Zealand subsidiary of the German company Pro Clima inaugurated its Centrr for Advanced Building Systems in Auckland on 7 July 2017.
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