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First Kiwi to Represent New Zealand on Global Quiz Show


First Kiwi to Represent New Zealand on Global Quiz Show  

Michael Smith, an Energy Analyst from Wellington, has taken out the national round of the “Quiz on Korea” contest and soon heads off to Korea to compete internationally.

Quiz on Korea is an annual public diplomacy program organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Korea, this is the first time New Zealand has participated.

Contestants from 30 countries spend a week touring Korea. The week-long tour culminates in the final round of the quiz. This is filmed then aired on KBS television during Thanksgiving Day – Korea’s biggest holiday (19 Sep).  It will also be aired by KBS World for some 200 million people in 72 countries around the world to watch.

Michael was awarded first place in the New Zealand competition and his all-expenses paid trip to Korea was presented by the Korean Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Yongkyu Park.

Michael says “I’m a bit nervous, because Korean is hard to understand but, it will be an honour to represent my country, it’s also a great opportunity promote New Zealand to a foreign audience".

The contestants are asked to wear their country’s traditional costume for the televised quiz show. To date Michael has had suggestions of Fred Dagg, the All Blacks and national Maori costume. He says the later would be great but he's not sure where he could find something authentic.

Michael Smith

Terrajoule Engineering Ltd


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