1. Antarctica - mountains and sky Ross Sea finally declared world's largest Marine Sanctuary
  2. Zerstörungen Nähe Kaikoura Kaikoura-Earthquake on 14.11.2016
  3.  German Refugee Policy
Antarctica - mountains and sky

Ross Sea finally declared world's largest Marine Sanctuary

A highly significant step towards global marine protection has been reached. NZ and 25 countries, among them Germany, have agreed in creating the world's largest marine sanctuary of over a 1.55 million km2 in Antarctica's Ross Sea. After 6 years of difficult and lengthy deliberations, all 25 member states accepted the proposal put forward jointly by Germany and New Zealand.

Zerstörungen Nähe Kaikoura

Kaikoura-Earthquake on 14.11.2016

Please click on the links below for information on the severe Kaikoura-Earthquake on 14 November 2016 in the South Island of New Zealand, as well as action taken by the German Embassy Wellington

German Refugee Policy

Germany's basic law guarantees political refugees asylum in line with its humanitarian responsibilities. Information on the current refugee policy and the situation in Germany can be found here:

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Deutsche Welle Journalism Traineeship for 2017

Deutsche Welle is offering a paid journalism traineeship in Bonn and Berlin starting in September 2017 for English and German native speakers. Applications (online only) should be from English native speakers with a working knowledge of German or German native speaker with a working knowledge of English and received between 5.1.2017 and 17.02.2017.

For comprehensive information, please click here .

Ambassador Thiedemann presents Letter of Credence to the Queen’s Representative in the Cook Islands, HE Tom Marsters

German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Cook Islands from 12 to 19 November 2016 on the occasion of presenting his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to the Queen’s Representative in the Cook Islands, HE Tom Marsters.

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Consular Team in Christchurch after Kaikoura Earthquake

The German Embassy in Wellington sent a consular team to Christchurch on 15 November 2016, where together with the Honorary Consul, they assisted German citizens who had been evacuated from Kaikoura after the recent earthquake.

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Visit to Tonga by the President of the German Parliament Prof Dr Norbert Lammert in 2016

The President of the German Parliament Prof. Dr Norbert Lammert visited Tonga in from 8 to 10 October at the invitation by the Lord Speaker of Parliament of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano. He completed a full programme including an audience with Crown Prince Tupouto'a Ulukalala, meetings with Prime Minister Mr Samiuela 'Akilisi Pohiva and Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi and  a church service commemorating the 140 Years Friendship Agreement Germany-Tonga" at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church. He was also present at the signing of a contract for the provision of a solar facility for the Prince Wellington NGU hospital in Vava'u.

Ambassador Thiedemann presents his Letter of Credence to Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi of Samoa

German+Samoan flag Enlarge image (© Colourbox) German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann visited Samoa from 19 to 22 Oktober 2016 Samoa for the official presentation of his Letter of Credence by Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck to Samoan Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. Ambassador Thiedemann gave his thanks for the warm welcome and fruitful talks with Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and other leading personalities of the country. The two countries enjoy a long history of friendly bilateral relations beginning in the mid-1800s and consolidated formally in their friendship treaty of 1972. Their mutual priorities today focus on their successful cooperation in the climate change field, conservation and oceanic protection. 

Mr Thiedemann also visited a fisheries project in the village of Falelatei which is supported by Germany in the framework of its bilateral project programme, where he was accompanied by Dr. Wulf Killmann, the GIZ director in the Pacific region.

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Press Relase on Solar Project in Tonga

Press Release, 10 October 2016: German Foreign Office finances solar power project in northern Vana'u island group in Tonga

Ambassador Thiedemann presents Credentials to the King of Tonga

Enlarge image Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann and Honorary Consul Carl Sanft (© German Embassy Wellington) German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Kingdom of Tonga from 17 to 21 September 2016 for the official presentation of his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to the Head of State, His Majesty King Tupou VI.

The ambassador noted his appreciation of the warm reception and fruitful meetings with King Tupou VI and other members of the political leadership of the Kingdom of Tonga. The two countries are looking back on the 140 years of close relations since their friendship treaty was signed in 1876. Today, the bilateral relations focus on the successful development cooperation in the fields of adaption to climate change and environmental/oceanic conservation.

DAAD-Scholarships for the academic year 2017/2018

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The DAAD's scholarship database for foreign students, graduates and academics provides a wide range of tips and information to help applicants successfully apply for funding for a course of study or a research assignment.

The German Embassy in Wellington takes applications for the following :

  • Scholarships for graduates of all science subjects
  • Research scholarship for PhD students, post-PhD students and young researchers
  • Working stay scholarships for Fine Arts and Architecture students
  • Research stay scholarships for university lecturers and scientists
  • Follow-on scholarships for former scholarship recipients

Please find detailed information on funding here


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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

Berlinale-Talents 2017

Enlarge image The 2017 Berlin International Film Festival will again stage the "Berlinale-Talents", a creative networking platform for film and TV drama series professionals from around the world. It consists of a summit with master classes and interactive panel discussions as well as studio programmes and project labs. 250 international creative talents from 12 different different disciplines are invited to Berlin to expand their horizons and contribute their own input. They share experiences with experts and each other and become part of the ever-growing community of Berline Talents alumni. Applications have to be sumitted by 1 September 2016.

Interested? Please find more information here

Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann

Dear readers interested in Germany, dear fellow Germans, As new German Ambassador in Wellington, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the German Embassy and its website. I hope that through our internet services you will get a valuable insight into our country as well as our tasks and activities here in New Zealand and the South Pacific region. New Zealanders and Germans view each other with a great deal of mutual empathy and respect based on many years of friendly cooperation. Many Kiwis throughout their lives have developed connections to Germany or even speak the language. This makes them a unique bridge between our countries and our people.

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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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