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An ‘unlimited’ supply of all things New Zealand in April

Mar 17,2009
From left: Graeme Solloway, trade commissioner of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; Ambassador Richard Mann; a kiwi mascot; and Shaun Conroy, Northeast Asia director at NZTE. By Park Sun-young
The largest-ever New Zealand cultural festival, dubbed “New Zealand Unlimited,” will be held on April 4-5 at COEX, in southern Seoul.

The island nation’s government is using the event to provide a unique opportunity for people here in Korea to experience New Zealand, ranging from its foods, wines and culture to cutting-edge technology. “New Zealand prides itself on having a rich, vibrant and innovative culture which the Korean public can experience as part of ‘New Zealand Unlimited,’” said New Zealand Ambassador Richard Mann, who started his assignment in Seoul late last month.

“In the past two decades trade has increased in both directions and is now worth about 2 trillion won [$1.38 billion],” Mann added.

“Furthermore, New Zealand and Korea expect to begin bilateral negotiations for a free trade agreement this year.”

New Zealand Unlimited will feature the country’s food, technology, education, tourism and cultural performances by its artists.

Performers will be flown in from New Zealand especially for the occasion, including a traditional Maori Kapa Haka group and Maori singer Mere Boynton, among others.

“We hope the showcase will increase interest in New Zealand and ultimately create more business opportunities for both countries,” New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Trade Commissioner Graeme Solloway said.

More information about the event can be found at www.nzunlimited.or.kr.


By Park Sun-young Staff Reporter [spark0320@joongang.co.kr]





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