1. Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be new President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  2. RV SONNE Open Ship Day RV "Sonne" in Auckland
  3. Antarctica - mountains and sky Ross Sea finally declared world's largest Marine Sanctuary
Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be new President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany. The new Head of State, who is 61 years old, said in his acceptance speech, “Let us be courageous, then I won’t be afraid of the future!” On 19 March 2017, Steinmeier will assume office after being sworn in during a joint session of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.


Open Ship Day RV "Sonne" in Auckland

One of the most world's modern research vessels visited New zealand in January 2017: The flagship of German Oceanic Research - the RV Sonne - is once again traversing the Southern Pacific ocean. On 25 of January 2017, it set anchor at Auckland's Princes Wharf East to exchange crew and take on new technological equipment. An "Open Ship Day" together with a Science Fair were held in Auckland on 25 January to give members of the public the opportunity to tour the vessel free of charge.

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.

"Farming for Biodiversity" Competition

Business man with a flowerpot Enlarge image Taking care (© dpa/pa/Design Pics) Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity is looking to identify and reward the most promising approaches to conserving biodiversity on agricultural lands. You could win up to $30,000 with additional side prizes for community/social impact, food security/nutrition impact, biodiversity impact and water impact. All finalists will attend a capacity-building workshop and awards ceremony in New York, NY, USA, with some of the biggest names in conservation and development.

Beyond that, we will offer in-country campaigning and technical trainings to help replicable solutions reach scale. Your idea could reach thousands of communities worldwide and help inform UN policy processes!

For more information, please click here .


Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn

Increasing desertification is becoming a growing global concern.  (© dpa) The Global Climate Conference 2017 (Conference of the Parties - COP) will take place in Germany, this year under the chairmans...

Science Minister Goldsmith at the GEOMAR ROV

New Zealand Science Minister visits Research Vessel SONNE

The New Zealand Minister for Science and Innovation, Hon Paul Goldsmith, visited the research vessel SONNE on 23 January 2017 in Auckland. Accompanied by the ship's master, Lutz Mallon, and by Dr Thom...

Scholarship offered by German Ministry of Education and Research

 Enlarge image Please click here for a call by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of bilateral scienctific and technological cooperation between Germany and New Zealand (only in German).

Symposium "The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy" symposium at Te Papa

Signing the treaty in 1919 Enlarge image Signing the treaty in 1919 (© dpa/picture alliance) A symposium on the legacy of the First World War is being held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa from 25 to 28 April 2017. A line up of international guest speakers, including experts from Germany, will talk on the key events influencing the war and the ways in which its legacy is still felt in many areas of life today.

Find more information on the symposium here .

New Zealand PM Bill English in Berlin in January 2017

On 16 January 2017, New Zealand PM Bill English was officially welcomed by German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel with full military honours at the Chancellor's Office in Berlin.

Launch of Electric Car Sharing in Wellington

three men in front of car Enlarge image (© Luke Calder Photography)

The promotion of electric mobility is a priority of the German Federal Government. It was a fitting event on 12 December that launched the MEVO Car-Share-On-Demand in Wellington, which uses a number of snazzy German AUDI A3 electric vehicles.

MEVO CEO Erik Zydervelt, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann marked this significant step toward a cutting-edge, climate-conscious Smart City Wellington.

R/V POLARSTERN with penguins

New Liability Rules for Antarctica

On 18 January 2017 the German cabinet adopted the draft Antarctica Liability Act. This act aims to further improve the protection of the environment in Antarctica. The Liability Annex to the Protocol ...

Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann

Dear readers interested in Germany, dear fellow Germans, 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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Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel