A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
Activist Gloria Steinem and Noble Peace Prize laureate Maireed Maguire march for peace in Pyongyang 23rd May 2015
Press Release 23rd January 2016
Trump White House Assures Business as Usual for the Military Industrial Complex
Relax, Lockheed Martin, your $6 billion of annual profits from military hardware sales are safe.
Ignore the fact that Trump statements in recent weeks have dropped your stock price by 5%.
Don’t worry about potential loss of revenue from the winding down of NATO. That was profitable while it lasted, but it is small beer compared with what has now been promised.
Within minutes of inauguration, President Trump’s White House website committed to “develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system to protect against missile-based attacks from states like Iran and North Korea”.
It is irrelevant that Iran has no ICBM capability.
It is irrelevant that North Korea does not want war and has for decades been pleading for an end to hostilities in the form of the peace treaty (as provided for in the Korean War Armistice Agreement).
What is relevant is that the value of the state-of-the-art missile defense contracts will be worth far more than the NATO armament supply contracts ever were.
Relax, Lockheed Martin, and the rest of the military industrial complex, your billions of annual profits are assured.
The following letter has been sent to the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting disaster relief funding following the flooding caused by Typhoon Lionrock.
No funding was forthcoming!
18th September 2016.
Mr. Brook Barrington,
Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
We understand that the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Jakarta has submitted a request to the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs seeking humanitarian aid to assist people afflicted by the recent Typhoon Lionrock.
The NZ DPRK Society endorses this request and asks that a donation be made to one of the international agencies working on the ground in the afflicted area.
This is a major natural disaster with the Korean Central News Agency of DPRK stating that it is the “biggest cataclysm” since the devastation of World War II.
Over the weekend we have been provided with the following information regarding the extent of damage by Mr. Hwang Sung Chol, Secretary General of our counterpart Society, the Korea NZ Friendship Society:
“Nine different local cities and counties- Hueryong city, Puryong County, Onsong County including Yonsa County and Musan County of North Hamgyong Province- were inflicted great damages. Total loss of lives including the missing counted as 538, and numbers of destruction of buildings are around 16,000 which resulted in more than 68,000 people displaced without any shelter. Around 29,000 hectares agricultural land has been washed out by a flood.
As you may recollect, even though Rason city was damaged by the flood last year, the scale of damage this area is almost ten-fold of Rason city.”
This is the equivalent to the population of Rotorua District being rendered homeless. The country is facing a herculean challenge to provide shelter to this number of hapless people within the next six weeks, before the sub-zero temperatures of winter set in.
It is now many years since NZ has made a special humanitarian grant to DPRK apart from routine support for the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
As this is a genuine humanitarian need, not a political issue, we urge a generous donation to one or all of the following: The World Food Program, UNICEF or the International Committee of the Red Cross all of whom we understand to be assisting the Government of DPRK relief work in the disaster area but are faced with inadequate financial resources to adequately meet the need.
Liaison Officer with Korea Christian Foundation
Press Release 25th August 2016
NZ Participation in US-led Korea War Games Foolish and Dangerous
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is again participating in US-led military exercises in the Korean peninsula. The US claims these are necessary to protect South Korea against an invasion from the North, but this has absolutely no credibility.
The military budget of the US and its allies is some US$1000 billion, between 100 and 1000 times that of North Korea. The idea of North Korea starting a war against those odds is preposterous.
More plausibly the exercises are to practise a potential invasion of North Korea and a subsequent war with China.
It is understandable that the NZDF wants to play with the big boys’ toys – this is the largest military exercise in the world – and New Zealand prime ministers like to play golf with American presidents. But these are scarcely valid reasons to imperil the security of the nation and its economic well-being.
The situation is particularly tense in the aftermath of the announcement of the deployment of the THAAD component of the US missile defense system in South Korea – which both China and Russia see as aimed at them – and the US facing off China in the South China Sea.
New Zealand should not be unthinkingly exacerbating these tensions but rather seeking to defuse them. Our security, and our economy are dependent on peace in East Asia and that objective should be the basis of our foreign policy.
"Ultimately, North Korea threatens America only because America threatens North Korea"
Doug Bandow July 31, 2016
A RUSSIAN VIEWPOINT ON NORTH KOREA
Women's Walk for Peace Continues 8th May 2016
22nd April 2016
Death of Rev. Donald Borrie
It is with sadness that we advise you that the Reverend Donald Borrie, Co-Founder, long time Chairman and in recent times, Patron of the NZ DPRK Society, passed away peacefully at his home yesterday.
Don, along with other visionaries, established the NZ DPRK Society in 1972. For the next 44 years he unwaveringly advocated a peaceful non-military solution to the division of Korea as well as a better understanding within NZ of the injustice international geopolitics have inflicted upon the North Korean people.
He worked tirelessly at promoting better relations between New Zealand and North Korea, both at government level and with people to people exchanges. As such he has been inspirational, not only to New Zealanders, but also to the North Koreans who held him in high regard.
Our condolences go to his wife Lyndel and the wider Borrie family at the time of their loss.
Tim Beal Chairman
Peter Wilson Secretary
Simplistic and naive reply from Minister of Defence re protest at NZ Defence personnel taking part in simulated beach landings i.e. invasion of North Korea.
Office of Hon Gerry Brownlee
MP for Ilam Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister of Defence Minister Responsible for the EarthquakeCommission
Dr Tim Beal
Chairman, NZ-DPRK Society 31 MAR 2016
timtimbeal.net.nz Dear Dr Beal
Thank you for your email of 9 March 2016 regarding the activities of members of the New Zealand Defence Force in the Republic of Korea.
New Zealand's participation in this exercise is designed to develop New Zealand Army capability. It is part of a series of ongoing twice-yearly exercises with the United States Marine Corps, aimed at developing and maintaining specialist military skills. The series, which got under way last year, currently alternates location between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.
In both New Zealand and Korea, this specialist training is embedded as part of much broader exercises that ensure training is complex, realistic and provides a suitable challenge for our personnel. Both countries have participated in these exercises for many years. The exercise was planned many months in advance and is not a reaction to heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister of Defence
Letter protesting NZ troops joining war games in ROK.
9th March 2016.
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister of Defence
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
cc: Phil Goff, Labour Party spokesperson on Defence [email@example.com]
Kennedy Graham, Green Party spokesperson on Defence [firstname.lastname@example.org]
NZ troops should not be practising invasion in Northeast Asia
We are alarmed at the announcement that 60 Defence Force personnel will be participating in the current US-led military exercises in South Korea. It appears that New Zealand troops will be involved in amphibious landings run by the US Marines, which are widely seen as practice for a possible invasion of North Korea. According to the South Korea press this year’s exercises are the largest ever, involving some 300,000 troops, not far short of the number used in the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The Seoul newspaper Korea Times notes ‘Korea-US drills shifting to offensive ‘ and that the exercises this year are also practising implementing OPLAN 5015 which involves, amongst other things pre-emptive strikes against North Korea. The Americans will be deploying advanced nuclear-capable submarines and aircraft.
One aim of such exercises is to force North Korea to shift resources from the economy to defence and, as always, it is the vulnerable who go hungry in such circumstances. New Zealand should not be party to actions which may result in the malnutrition of children.
Far worse would eventuate if the exercises moved from practice to reality, something which cannot be discounted. An invasion of North Korea would be fiercely resisted and would lead to full –scale war and China would probably be sucked in. Has the NZ Government really thought through the implications of getting embroiled in another war with China?
New Zealand armed forces should not be deployed overseas for combat or for military exercises against states that want to live in peace with us.
Tim Beal, Chairman, NZ-DPRK Society
Rev. Prince Devanandan, Director - Mission and Ecumenical, Methodist Church of New Zealand.
Commander Robert D Green Royal Navy (Ret'd), Disarmament & Security Centre
Celine Kearney, President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Aotearoa
Kevin McBride, National Co-ordinator, Pax Christi Aotearoa-New Zealand.
Peter Wilson, Secretary, NZ-DPRK Society
February 17th 2016
February 8th 2016
8 February 2016
McCully’s Condemnation of Satellite Launch Sadly Predictable
Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s condemnation of North Korea’s launch of an earth observation satellite was predictable - he never strays far from American guidance. It was also sadly short-sighted. As a small country it is in our long-term interest to defend the norms of international law, not condone their violation. The centrepiece of international law has to be the equality of nations. We cannot have one law for powerful countries and another for small ones. Satellites are an important, indeed essential, part of the modern scientific environment. They have been launched by a large number of countries, including South Korea. Why condemn only North Korea?
Mr McCully’s repetition of the argument that the satellite launch employed ‘ballistic missile technology’ is disingenuous. All satellites are launched by ballistic rockets, but a satellite carrier rocket is not a missile. There are distinct and important differences.
However, the same principles of the norms of international law apply to missiles. Many countries test and deploy missiles, including the United States, Russia, China, India, and South Korea. We may well think that missiles, along with strategic bombers and nuclear weapons, should be banned but this must happen on the basis of equality. All countries should be equal before the law. Condemning one country, North Korea, for doing what other countries do just because that aligns with American foreign policy takes New Zealand down a slippery slope, to our detriment.
As a small country it is vital that New Zealand upholds the principles of international law because they offer us the best, and enduring, protection in a volatile global environment.
Peter Wilson, Secretary
January 20th 2016
Don Borrie Steps Down as Chairman of the NZ DPRK Society
After many years at the helm of the NZ DPRK Society, co-founder Rev. Donald Borrie has stepped aside as Chairman because of ill health and accepted appointment as Patron.
The Society was formed in 1973 by Donald Borrie and Wolf Rosenberg. Over the subsequent 43 years Don has been active in promoting a better understanding in New Zealand of North Korea whose official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, is reflected in the title of the Society. He has visited the DPRK many times over this period, building relationships with institutions in Pyongyang such as the Korea-New Zealand Friendship Society and the Korean Christian Federation.
The former Vice Chairman Dr Tim Beal becomes the new Chairman. Tim is a retired academic who has written extensively on Asia. He has been Secretary of the NZ Asian Studies Society and was foundation director of Victoria University’s Centre for Asia/Pacific Law and Business. Tim has written numerous articles and two books about the Korean peninsula and has been described as NZ’s leading expert on North Korea. He is an occasional columnist for the Washington-based specialist website NK News and is frequently interviewed by Russia Today on Asian issues.
In accepting the Chairmanship, Tim Beal paid tribute to Don Borrie’s long service in the advocacy of peace on the Korean peninsula. “Don has worked tirelessly to promote better relations between our two countries, which would produce benefits for both. New Zealand has a lot to offer, and North Korea, with its 25 million energetic people, has considerable potential as a market for us. Don has considerable mana in North Korea, reminiscent of that of Rewi Alley in China”, he said.
Tim added, “Fortunately the rest of the team remains in place. Rev Dr Stuart Vogel, well known in the Asian community, remains Aid Co-ordinator and Peter Wilson, who has decades of experience working on agricultural projects in Asia, including the DPRK, continues to fulfil the crucial role of Secretary with incredible energy and unflagging enthusiasm.”
The NZ DPRK Society remains committed to its objectives which are:
January 7th 2016
The North Korean Hydrogen Bomb
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announces it has tested a "miniaturised" hydrogen bomb which has been a "perfect success" and elevates the country's "nuclear might to the next level".
This once again sets off a depressingly predictable cycle of events. All to no avail. In fact the situation just gets worse with each turn of the cycle.
Washington condemns. Seoul condemns. The United Nations condemns. Wellington condemns. The whole world condemns.
There is immediate talk of increased sanctions. Great idea! Only problem is that sanctions against North Korea have been ramping up for 66 years now with no discernible effect. In the words of a 2007 House of Lords Select Committee report “Reliance on sanctions as the main means of resolving the current disputes with North Korea appears to be a recipe for failure.”
A US envoy will urgently visit Seoul, China and Japan for talks. The envoy will not make the one visit that should be made – to Pyongyang. That might look like giving North Korea what it is asking for, namely, talks to end the Korean War.
The NE Asian arms race will accelerate. South Korea, already the world’s largest importer of arms, will order more high tech armaments. Japan remilitarisation will accelerate The US will sharpen its pivot to Asia. In response China will increase its military budget.
The US military industrial complex will laugh all the way to the bank.
North Korea will work towards raising its nuclear weapons capability to the next level. It carries out another test.
And the whole cycle starts off again. Washington condemns. Seoul condemns, The United Nations condemns. Wellington condemns, etc. etc. All the way through to the bit where the military industrial complex laughs all the way to the bank - again.
All of this is mind-numbingly stupid when all that is required is genuine discussion and agreement to formally end the Korean War.
“There can neither be suspended nuclear development nor nuclear dismantlement on the part of the North unless the U.S. has rolled back its vicious hostile policy toward the former,” North Korea said in a brief announcement on Wednesday, according to the New York Times.
In other words the North Koreans are asking for talks. They want to talk about:
· A cessation of hostilities.
· Replacement of the Korean War Armistice Agreement with a Peace Treaty.
· Guarantee of Sovereignty.
· Lifting of all sanctions.
· Removal of all foreign troops from the Korean Peninsula.
· Declaration of the Korean Peninsula as a Nuclear Free Zone
But will this happen?
Instead, Pyongyang will test fire a submarine launched missile or explode another hydrogen bomb. Washington will condemn, Seoul will condemn............
When will we ever learn?
Peter Wilson is a Kiwi Asian specialist who over a period of 41 years worked in 21 Asian/Pacific countries including conflict and post-conflict situations in North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Kashmir, Bougainville and Timor Leste.
Tim Beal is a retired academic who has written widely on Asian affairs, including two books on the geopolitics of the Korean peninsula. He is an occasional columnist for the Washington based website NK News
A delegation of 12 persons from the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula, facilitated b y the World Council of Churches visited North Korea 23rd - 30th October 2015.
The delegation calls for:
Food Production forecast to be 21% down on last year
Full text of agreement after talks between North and South Korea
SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- Following is the English-version full text of a deal between South and North Korea in high-level talks, released by the North's state news agency KCNA Tuesday.
1. The north and the south agreed to hold talks between their authorities in Pyongyang or Seoul at an early date to improve the north-south ties and have multi-faceted dialogue and negotiations in the future.
2. The north side expressed regret over the recent mine explosion that occurred in the south side's area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), wounding soldiers of the south side.
3. The south side will stop all loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts along the MDL from 12:00, August 25 unless an abnormal case occurs.
4. The north side will lift the semi-war state at that time.
5. The north and the south agreed to arrange reunions of separated families and relatives from the north and the south on the occasion of the Harvest Moon Day this year and continue to hold such reunions in the future, too and to have a Red Cross working contact for it early in September.
6. The north and the south agreed to vitalize NGO exchanges in various fields.
New Zealand Donates Tractors to North Korean Cooperative Farm
In a ceremony earlier this month six small two wheel tractor with trailer units were presented to the Sambong Cooperative NZ Friendship Farm, Pyongyan Province, North Korea.
The ceremony was attended by three Kiwis and seven Australians who were visiting North Korea to take part in events commemorating the end of WWII, or Liberation Day as it is known as in the Koreas.
The tractors were purchased by the NZ DPRK Society with money provided by the NZ Ambassador to North Korea’s Head of Mission Fund.
Located 40 minutes NE of Pyongyang, the 900 ha. farm, home to some 2,000 people, is intensively cultivated and produces rice, maize, potatoes, soya bean, barley, vegetables, pip and stone fruits.
The tractors will be used for transporting inputs such as fertiliser and compost, as well as bringing in harvested produce.
Press Release. May 29th 2015
A Korean Peace Initiative - the Kiwi Connection.
A small group of Kiwi motorcycle riders blazed the trail for an historic peace walk across the heavily militarised border between North and South Korea by a group of high profile female peace keepers that has captured headlines across the globe.
A group of 30 international women including feminist icon Gloria Steinem and two Noble Peace prize Laureates crossed over the DMZ from North Korea into South Korea last Sunday May 24th calling for a declaration of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The walk for peace has caught the attention of the world. A group of Kiwi motorcyclists led by Gareth and Jo Morgan paved the way for this major event when they rode across the DMZ in 2013.
This triggered the formation of WomenCrossDMZ.org, a group of female peace activists working to bring an end to the long-running Korean War. They want to see the 1953 armistice between the two Koreas replaced with an internationally agreed upon peace settlement that ends the six decades of pain for families separated by the conflict.
The first step in this campaign has been to follow in the pioneering footsteps of the Kiwis with the DMZ crossing in the name of peace last Sunday.
Peter Wilson, of the NZ DPRK Society, travelled to North Korea to witness the women crossing. He was able accompany the women through the Kaesong Industrial Park, deep into the DMZ and watch as they marched about a kilometre to the North Korean customs and immigration checkpoint.
“The departure was an incredibly emotional moment,” he said.
“The North Korean women, with tears flowing, were hugging and hugging the international women as they said goodbye.
“The pain of 10 million artificially and inhumanely separated families was raw for all to see.”
Prior to crossing the DMZ a joint declaration, drafted with input from both North and South Korean women was read at Panmunjom. This affirmed their “commitment to support the desires of the Korean people and all people of conscience around the world to work towards the peaceful reconciliation and reunification of the Korean peninsula.”
WomenCrossDMZ say they will march across the DMZ again next year on May24, this time from South Korea into North Korea.
The Morgan motorcycle team was able to ride across the DMZ because of the efforts of the NZ DPRK Society and South Korean based explorer Kiwi Roger Shepherd who escorted them through the North Korean section. In 2011 the Society facilitated Shepherd to visit Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. He returned two times and spent months tramping and camping in the backblocks photographing hallowed mountains, some of which had not been photographed for many decades. Subsequently he produced a photo-art book capturing mountains of both North & South Korea.
Shepherd introduced the Morgans to key North Korean officials who enthusiastically endorsed the concept of a North – South peninsula long motorcycle ride in the name of peace. These officials negotiated all sorts of bureaucratic hurdles and made it happen.
May 24th 2015
Today 30 women crossed the DMZ from the DPRK into the ROK as a means drawing attention to the plight of the tragically divided Korean people.
Prior to entering the DMZ they marched with thousands of women in the central business
district of Kaesong city.
Press Briefing at Panmumjom
Marching Deep Inside the DMZ
Approaching the DPRK Checkpoint in the Middle of the DMZ
Early May 2015
A three man team from the Miranda Shorebird Centre has returned to NZ after a one week visit to DPRK. Working with staff from the Natural Conservation Union of the DPRK, field observations were made of migratory birds feeding on mudflats. Some 20,000 birds from Australia, NZ and other countries were counted.
A team of three persons from the Miranda Shorebird Centre will spend May 2nd - 9th in DPRK working alongside Natural Conservation Union of the DPRK in undertaking field observations of migratory birds feeding on local mudflats.
In August 2013 a group of five Kiwi motorcyclists completed a trail blazing ride North – South along the entire length of the Korea Peninsula. Nobody thought they could do it. But they did.
"Korea really is one country. The issue we all face is how do we get back to that?" said Gareth Morgan in an interview with Reuters after crossing the DMZ.
Two years later this pioneering ride across the DMZ has inspired an International Women’s Peace March across the same demilitarized zone.
On Wednesday 11th March, at the United Nations in New York, using a conference on the status of women as a backdrop, leading female advocates of peace and disarmament formally announced their intent to walk across the Demilitarized Zone on May 24th 2015.
womencrosdmz.org press conference at the UN 11th March
The DPRK Women's Football Team spent a week in Auckland and played two games. Their games against the NZ Ferns was a draw 1 - 1. In their game against the Australian Women's Football team they were beaten 2 - 1.
At the request of NZ Football, Mr Stuart Vogel of the NZ DPRK Society provided liaison services for the visiting team.
Some of the team sightseeing in Auckland with Stuart Vogel.
During a practice at Victoria Park, the girls were introduced to Rugby ball - something they had never seen before.
The DPRK Women's Football Team to play the NZ Ferns.
The DPRK Women's Football team is coming to Auckland to play two matches.
8th February they will play the Ferns, 7.30 p.m. at Bill McKinlay Park, 3 Ireland Road, Panmure, Auckland.
10th February they will play the Australian Women's Football Team, 3p.m. Bill McKinlay Park.
29th November 2014
International Society for Korean Studies - Oceania Branch
The inaugural meeting of the ISKS Oceania Branch was held at Auckland University 29th November 2014. Amongst the dozen papers presented two dealt with non-government activities between NZ and the DPRK. One paper summarised the NZ DPRK Society relations with Pyongyang between 1974 and 2014. The other paper dealt with the developing relationship between Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton NZ and the Kim Hyong Jik University of Education in Pyongyang as well as the recent project which saw three scholars study for two months at WINTEC.
End of October 2014
The three scholars finished their two months at Waikato Institute of Technology and returned home.
During their time at WINTEC, the scholars improved their English and studied N Z methods of teaching English as a second language. They socialised widely and travelled to Auckland and Wellington. In letters of thanks for they stay in NZ they have say that it was a" memorable and profitable experience."
The NZ DPRK Society is grateful for all who made this project possible: the Morgan Family Foundation an d WINTEC who provided the funding, the staff of Wintec who gave unstintingly of their time, and the individuals who went out of their way to make the scholars feel at home while in NZ.
August 29th 2014
Three scholars arrived from Pyongyang to study for the next two months at Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC).
They were welcomed at Auckland airport by WINTEC staff member Mr Richard Lawrence.
During the weekend of 13/14th September, the visiting Scholars visited the Miranda Shorebird Centre
Here they are being briefed by Shorebird Centre Manager, Keith Woodley
Visiting the Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand in Wellington.
A classroom visit to Hillcrest High School in Hamilton.
July 7th 2014. DPRK Government Statement Calling for Ending Confrontation and Improving North-South Ties
Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- The government of the DPRK released
the following statement Monday, 20 years since President Kim Il Sung left his last signature on a historic
document related to Korea's reunification.
The north and the south should end reckless hostility and confrontation and open up the road for reconciliation and unity.
The grave situation in which even a single remark and act and tiny friction may lead to a dangerous conflict and destruction of the nation is prevailing on the Korean peninsula as hostility and confrontation have reached the extremes.
We should no longer remain a passive on-looker to this tragic situation in which exhaustive political strife among compatriots may cause tremendous catastrophe of the nation at a crucial time when all the Koreans should pool their strength and wisdom for the cause common to the nation.
The north and the south should open up the road for improvement of relations from fresh viewpoint and stand for the destiny of the nation.
The south Korean authorities should discard the anachronistic concept of hostility and make a bold decision to change its policy for confrontation with fellow countrymen into that for alliance and reconciliation with the north.
They should stop all kinds of the north-targeted war exercises which they conduct with outsiders, a direct product of their hostile policy toward the fellow countrymen in the north.
If they have true willingness to improve the relations with the north, they should opt for respecting and implementing the north-south agreements including the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration which were provided thanks to the top leaders of the north and the south.
2. The north and the south should
reject dependence on outsiders and settle all issues by the efforts of Koreans.
They should solve all issues by their own efforts in the common interests of the nation from the stand of putting the nation above all, attaching importance to the nation and achieving national unity.
The north and the south should never tolerate the unreasonable act of outsiders to interfere in the internal issue of the nation but counter it with joint efforts.
We will join hands with all those including the south Korean authorities if they take the stand of settling the issue of the north-south relations and the reunification issue of the country in line with the desire and wish of the nation.
The north and the south should seek reasonable reunification proposals supported by all Koreans and that guarantee the prosperity common to the nation.
There is increasing demand and requirement of fellow countrymen to achieve reunification through federal formula in Korea where differing ideologies and social systems exist.
In the June 15 joint declaration the north and the south recognized that there are common points in the north-proposed low-level federation and the south-proposed confederation, and agreed to work for reunification in this direction in the future.
The north and the south should specify the reunification proposals by way of federation and confederation and make efforts to realize them and thus actively promote co-existence, co-prosperity and common interests.
The north and the south should create
the atmosphere favorable for the improvement of the north-south relations.
It is necessary to put an end to all kinds of calumnies and vituperations that foster misunderstanding and distrust among the fellow countrymen, to begin with.
Legal and institutional measures that
block kindred bonds and compatriotic feelings between the north and the south
should be lifted and a broad avenue for contacts, visits, cooperation and
dialogue should be opened.
If the above-mentioned principled stand of the DPRK and measures taken by it in good faith are implemented, an epochal occasion will be provided in normalizing the deteriorated north-south ties, easing the situation on the Korean peninsula and achieving the national reconciliation and unity.
We express the expectation that all Koreans would actively support the principled stand of the DPRK government that was prompted by its noble sense of responsibility to improve the north-south ties and open up a wide avenue for independent reunification and that the south Korean authorities would positively respond to it.
NZ Migratory Birds Team Visits Pyongyang
In April 2014 a team comprising two persons from the Miranda Shorebirds Centre and two from the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) visited Pyongyang and held discussions with the Natural Conservation Union of the DPRK (NCUK). The discussions led to agreement that a five year joint programme studying migratory birds on the DPRK shoreline will be undertaken.
Adrian Riegen of Miranda and Jong Yong Nam, Vice President of the NCUK
with the signed MOU.
DPRK Ambassador visits NZ
DPRK Ambassador Ri Jong Ryul, who is based in Jakarta, visited New Zealand 29th April - 4th May 2014. He was accompanied by Counsellor (Political) Jang Yong Hwan and Counsellor Kim Song Hak who is responsible for Australia, NZ and the South Pacific. Besides presenting his Credentials to the Governor General, the Ambassador and his party held discussions with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Officials, and Hon John Hayes, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. In addition the Ambassador and Counsellors did some sight seeing around Wellington and met with members of the NZ DPRK Society.
Chairman of the NZ DPRK Society with Ambassador Ri Jong Ryul
With Dr. Tim Beal, Vice Chairman of the NZ DPRK Society
The Ambassador and Counsellors Viewing Kaitoke Regional Park
The NZ Friendship School - Help Us Celebrate Ten years of Partnership
To mark our ten year anniversary we want to upgrade the ancient computers in the school’s computer room.
The NZ Friendship School has 750 students aged between14 and 17. The one computer room is stocked with around 20 early 1990’s vintage computers powered by a Pentium chip. These have become totally inadequate and the IT teacher struggles to impart the basics of computer use to her pupils.
Our counterpart, the Korea NZ Friendship Society can buy desk tops in Pyongyang for around NZ$400.
If you would like to help us with funding please email and we will tell you how you can do it: email@example.com
The NZ Friendship School is an ordinary very typical middle high school in Pyongyang. It was established as the Pyongyang Ryongbok June 9 Middle School in 1969. Students start at age 14 and after three years move on to Senior High School. The 750 students are taught by 39 teachers and classes vary between 35 and 40 students in size. Ten elementary subjects are taught.
In 2006 Tim Kearns, an intermediate school teacher from Christchurch NZ made history as the first Westerner to teach in a North Korean school when he spent some months as a volunteer teaching at the NZ Friendship School. He returned again in 2008.
You can read about Tim's experience on: https://sites.google.com/site/nzdprksociety/nz-friendship-school
You can see some of Tim's photos on: http://www.timbeal.net.nz/geopolitics/TK_photos/pyongyang_2006.html
The last time we visited the NZ Friendship School was July 2013
The IT Teacher in the NZ Friendship School Computer Room
RUN IN THE PYONGYANG MARATHON !
The North Korean Motorcycle Diaries
What North Koreans Think.
Stan Smith visited DPRK with Koryo Tours late March. Read what he found out:
Our Policy Toward North Korea is not Working
Mike Chinoy is a senior fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and the author of “Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.” He has visited North Korea 15 times.
Roger Shepherd BBC Interview: http://vimeo.com/62225815
Vice Chairman Dr. Tim Beal on the DPRK Nuclear Test
Statement from the U.S. Working Group for Peace & Demilitarization in Asia & the Pacific
The First Korea - New Zealand Friendship Society Delegation from Pyongyang to visit NZ in 13 years arrived in Auckland 27th December 2012.
The Delegation was met by Hon Matt Robson and Peter Wilson, Secretary of the NZ DPRK Society
Delegation to Visit New Zealand.
A four person Delegation comprised:
1. Pak Kyong Il Male Chairman, Korea-New Zealand Friendship Society
2. Hwang Sung Chol Male Secretary General, KNZFS
3. Kim Ung Gol Male English Teacher from Kumsong College
4. Kim Yong Sok Male English Teacher from Kumsong Middle School No. 1
Background to Delegation
In 2006 Christchurch school teacher Tim Kearns made history when he became the first Westerner to teach in a North Korean Middle School. He enjoyed the experience so much that he went back again in 2008. Subsequently Prof. Stewart Lone of Sydney University (Canberra Campus) has followed in Tim’s footsteps and has visited Pyongyang three times to teach in two middle schools (ages 11 – 16), Kumsong College and Kumsong Middle School No. 1.
You can read about Tim and Stewart’s experiences on:
Both Tim and Stewart found the teachers at these school very interested in their approach to teaching – less authoritarian and more inclusive. To build on this Stewart offered to fund the international travel for two teachers and the Pyongyang-based Secretary of the Korea NZ Friendship Society. To visit Australia primarily to observe how English is taught as a second language. However the Canberra authorities indicated that they would not be prepared to issue visas for the delegation to visit Australia. Prof. Lone very generously offered to pay for them to come to NZ. Having visited DPRK earlier this year, NZ economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan kindly offered to pay the international travel for Chairman Pak to also travel to the group.
Besides the education sector, Pak and Hwang are interested to broadening the relationship between DPRK and NZ. The teachers are interested in our educational system and how we go about teaching English.
The delegation will be in Wellington 28th Nov. to 2nd December, in Hamilton 3rd and 4th December and in Auckland 5th December.
FAO/WFP CROP AND FOOD SECURITY ASSESSMENT MISSION TO THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
12 November 2012
John Hearnshaw, Professor of Astronomy, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Canterbury University has recently completed a visit to DPRK. Apart from some Chinese about a decade ago, Professor Hearnshaw is the first international astronomer to have visited the Pyongyang.
Read about his visit:https://sites.google.com/site/nzdprksociety/visits-to-pyongyang
NZ Table Tennis Champion to visit DPRK
2012 Expedition to Mountains of the Baekdu Daegan in DPRK
For latest information on 2012 floods in DPRK see: http://kp.one.un.org/current-emergencies/
The Jakarta-based DPRK Ambassador to NZ will visit 26th August - 1st September 2012 to present his credentials.
This visit was cancelled and did not take place. It is believed the visit was cancelled in protest at New Zealand observers taking part in the 2012 USA/ROK Ulchi Freedom Guardian war games.
A CONSTRUCTIVE NEW ZEALAND ROLE FOR PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. Hon. Matt Robson former NZ Minister of disarmament and Arms Control.
Planned Motorcycle ride with a difference http://garethsworld.com/korea-motorcycle-ride/
Interview with Dr. Tim Beal re: On US-ROK-Japan military exercises and the elections in US and South Korea
A delegation from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited the South Pacific during the first two weeks of June 2012.
Led by the Director General Asia/Oceania Region, Mr. Kim Myong Gil, the delegation visited Fiji 4 – 8th June where they met with the Fijian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kunualbloa and his Permanent Secretary Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara. A development cooperation agreement was discussed with the Delegation indicating that DPRK could be willing to assist Fiji’s fisheries sector.
From Fiji the Delegation flew to Sydney where they spent the weekend before proceeding to Canberra at the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Delegation arrived in Wellington 13th June and met with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials on the 14th. This was followed by some sightseeing which included a ride in the Cable Car, a visit to the Carter Observatory, some shops on Lambton Quay and a tour of the Wellington Public Library.
In the evening the delegation had informal discussions and dinner with NZ DPRK Society members and associates.
Unlike the Fijian authorities, neither the Australian nor the NZ Foreign Affairs and Trade people have made any public comment about the Delegation’s visit.
The Delegation with NZ DPRK Society Chairman Don Borrie
and Vice Chairman Tim Beal
Thanks to Karim Dickie for photo
UNITED NATIONS OVERVIEW OF NEEDS AND ASSISTANCE IN DPRK 2012
Interview with DR Tim Beal re Failed DPRK Rocket Launch
Read Professor Stewart Lone's observations from his December 2011 visit to teach in Pyongyang.
Media Release on Death of Kim Jong Il
The death of Kim Jong Il , respectfully known as The Dear Leader of the Democratic Republic of Korea, will release a tide of grief amongst the nation of the DPRK, (North Korea).
The son and successor to the highly respected and much loved founding leader of the DPRK, President Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il provided the Korean people with a sense of security, unity and stability. The nation’s identity as an extended family has had first Kim Il Sung, and now Kim Jong Il as the patriarch.
With his sudden death there will be a feeling that the DPRK has lost more than a political figure. A Father of the nation has died.
As in any family the period of mourning will be a deeply disturbing experience for Koreans. Nevertheless this will be accompanied by a resolute determination that the nation will remain strong, stable and united.
During his leadership Kim Jong Il saw the need to retain and strengthen the defence capability in the face of hostile powers intent on destabilising the nation. Having achieved that he had focussed national attention on the agricultural and industrial sectors of the economy. Negotiations to enter into joint ventures with Chinese, Russian and western European interests for the modernisation of ports, trans-national transportation links, energy, have been priorities for Kim Jong Il in the last period of his life.
Despite hardship because of international sanctions, and natural disasters Kim Jong Il leaves a society with a belief in their own future, preferably in peaceful concert with the international community.
We call on New Zealand to give respect to a grieving people, to acknowledge future leadership, and to actively explore economic and social relationships which promote peace and unity.
Chairman, NZ DPRK Society.
VISIT TO DPRK
Richard Lawrence and Litea Ah Hoi visited Pyongyang early November 2011. read Litea's impressions on:
As a contribution to dialogue on New Zealand's foreign policy, The NZ DPRK Society has prepared a paper entitled:
An Independent New Zealand Policy in North East Asia - Seeking peace and mutual prosperity. The Korean Question
NEW BOOK. Crisis in Korea America, China and the Risk of War
Written by our Vice-Chairman Dr. Tim Beal this book was published by Pluto Press in August 2011. For details and to order your copy see:
Crisis in Korea was launched in NZ at a function in Wellington on 24th November.
Political scientist Dr. Rod Alley officiated at the Book Launch.
Tim Beal - a pensive moment at the Book Launch
NEW ZEALAND PIONEER OF KOREAN SPINE WALKING TRACKS.
The Baekdu-daegan is the 1400 km mountain backbone spine of the Korean Peninsula. Having walked and studied the South Korean length of the Baekdu-daegan New Zealander Roger Shepherd has written a highly acclaimed guidebook so that others can share in the experience. For details and sample pages see: http://issuu.com/hikekorea/docs/baekdudaegansample_selected
After his pioneering work in ROK, Roger has now turned his attention to the DPRK. In May 2011 he visited Pyongyang and discussed the logistics of conducting a photographic expedition of sections of the Baekdu-daegan Mountain System in North Korea. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A REQUEST HAS BEEN MADE TO THE NORTH KOREANS FOR AN EXPEDITION OF THE BAEKDU DAEGAN. The North Koreans received this idea with great enthusiasm and have agreed to assist to their fullest ability to make this new venture happen.
Read about Roger's visit to Pyongyang http://www.hikekorea.com/trail-projects/the-baekdudaesan-julgi-in-the-democratic-people-s-republic-of-ko/
Roger Shepherd returned to DPRK in October for his first session of North Korean mountain photography.
BBC Interview March 2013: http://vimeo.com/62225815