An Introduction of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand
The Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan is situated in the Pacific Ocean about 160 km off the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland with a population of 23 million. The ROC is a multi-party, fully-fledged democratic country with all public officials from president to county magistrates directly elected by the people in Taiwan.
The ROC established full diplomatic ties with New Zealand in 1961. However, on December 22, 1972, the New Zealand government switched recognition to the People's Republic of China. To maintain trade relations between Taiwan and New Zealand, the ROC government established the East Asian Trade Center in Auckland in May 1973. This office was moved to Wellington and the name was changed to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in November 1991.
Currently, Taiwan is New Zealand's 10th largest market and the 13th trading partner.
Note: THE TAIPEI ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL OFFICE opens from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.