Korean War & UN

We pay tribute to those who died in Korea fighting for freedom and peace.


  A commonwealth nation of islands in the South Pacific Ocean
Location : Oceania
Area : 270,534㎢
Capital : Wellington
Political System : Constitutional Monarchy
Language : English & Maori
Currency : NZ$

Located across the Tasman Sea about 2,000km southeast of Australia, New Zealand (NZ) is considered a nation in Polynesia, one of three major divisions of Pacific Islands. The nation is mainly composed of the North Island which has an area of 114 thousand km², the South Island of about 151 thousand Km². Stewart Island, Campbell Island and Auckland Islands off to the south, Chatham Islands to the east, with the Kermadec Islands.

NZ, being located in the Southern Temperate Zone south of the tropics, has a mild climate with four seasons excluding its high lands. With the average temperature of Auckland, a city on the North Island at about 15°C and that of Invercargill, a city in the southern coast of the South Island, at about 10°C, the average temperature varies very little throughout the nation. In addition, there is only about 8 ~ 9 °C difference in its average temperature between summer and winter.

Anglicans make up the largest portion of its population at 18.4%. The next largest is the Roman Catholics at 13.8% and Presbyterians at 13.4% as of 1996. 26% have no particular religious belief.

NZ is one of the most prominent welfare nations.


New Zealand officially recognized Korea in July 1949 and participated in the Korean War with 5,350 army and navy personnel together with the other Commonwealth nations. To commemorate the Gapyung Battle, at which the forces of the U.K., Australia, Canada and NZ stopped the advance of the Chinese in 1951, the Gapyung Monument was erected in September 1961. To commemorate the battle upon returning home, the NZ veterans of the Korean War organized an association which has annually provided a scholarship to one North-Gapyung Middle School student since 1976.

NZ established diplomatic relations with Korea in 1962 and the embassies were set up in each other’s capital city in 1971.

Prime Minister J. Bolger visited Korea in 1993 and the vice minister of Foreign Affairs and Commerce in 1999. N.Z. mainly exports wood, agriculture and livestock commodities, metal products, medicines, etc. to Korea while it imports vehicles, machinery, steel and chemical products. The imports amounted to US$ 286.09 million and the exports to US$ 718.20 million in 2000. Following the Fishery Agreement of 1978, 4 Korean fishery companies have been operating in NZ but have faced difficulties due to its domestic fishery protection policy.

Korea-New Zealand Pulp Joint-Venture Co. was founded in October 1978. Hyundai began exporting its automobiles, to NZ in 1982. There exist many associations established in order to promote friendship and co-operation; such as Korea-NZ Korean War Veterans Association, Korea-NZ Association, Korea-NZ Friendship Association of Parliamentary Members, Korea-NZ Association for Economic Co-operation.


New Address/Same Location : 93, UN Pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, 48529, Republic of Korea (New address system has been used in Korea since 2014.)

Old Address : 779, Daeyon 4-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, 608-812, Republic of Korea Phone 82-51-625-0625 Fax 82-51-624-2165