New Zealand, Korea and Asia-Pacific: From Distance to Closeness

New Zealand, Korea and Asia-Pacific: From Distance to Closeness

Date: 16 and 17 November 2012
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Decima Glenn Room, Level 3, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

To mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the ROK and New Zealand, the NZ Asia Institute of the University of Auckland is hosting the above conference.

The Korean peninsula has experienced in concentrated form almost every feature of change of the last century and more, including colonialism and post-colonial dilemmas, nationalism, hot war and the Cold War, and the rise of globalisation. New Zealand became actively engaged with Korea in 1950, as part of the UN forces involved in the Korean War, and in 1962 diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea were initiated. 50 years later, we can celebrate a relationship that has blossomed and matured, with high levels of trade, and the presence of some 30,000 Koreans in New Zealand and thousands of Korean international students in all levels of New Zealand’s education system.

The keynote speakers are:

H E Mr Yongkyu Park (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea).
Ambassador Andrea Smith (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand).
Ms Wendy Pye (MBE) (Wendy Pye Group).
Mr Kyongho Patrick Hwang (Kt-oic).
David Hong (President of the Korean Society of Auckland).
Panels at the conference will discuss the “shrinking distance” between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea, Koreans in New Zealand, the two Koreas, the economic rise of the Republic of Korea and cultural engagement between the two nations.

Invited academic speakers include:

Paul Bellamy (Wellington)
Andrew Butcher (Asia New Zealand Foundation)
Danielle Chubb (Deakin University)
Francis Collins (The University of Auckland)
Jo Elfving-Hwang (University of Western Australia)
Stephen Epstein (Victoria University of Wellington)
Thomas Gold (University of California at Berkeley)
Kim Hyeeun (The University of Auckland)
Kim Jong-Cheol (Seoul National University)
Kim Sung-Young (The University of Auckland)
Koo Bong-gui (Hanyang University)
Andrei Lankov (Kookmin University)
Ian McGibbon (Heritage Services Branch, NZ Ministry for Culture and Heritage)
Roald Maliangkay (Australian National University)
John Ravenhill (Australian National University)
Changzoo Song (The University of Auckland)
Ken Wells (The University of Auckland)

The conference acknowledges the generous support from the Korea Foundation and from the Embassy and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea.
All are invited to the New Zealand Asia Institute’s international conference and attendance is free of charge.  If you wish to attend, it would help if you could confirm your attendance by Friday 9 November by completing the online registration form <>, so that we can cater for morning and afternoon teas appropriately.

For logistical information, contact Dinah Towle on d.towle at
For programme details, contact Ken Wells on kmauricewells at

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