New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office

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New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office
Te Mata O Aorere
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Republic of China (Taiwan)
HeadquartersXinyi, Taipei, Taiwan
Agency executive
  • Si'alei van Toor, Director

The New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office (Māori: Te Mata O Aorere) (Chinese: 紐西蘭商工辦事處; pinyin: Niǔ Xī Lán Shānggōng Bànshì Chù; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Liú Se Lân Siang-kang Pān-sū Chhù) represents New Zealand interests in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic relations, functioning as a de facto embassy.[1] Its director is Si'alei van Toor, who previously served as Economic Counsellor at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing.[2]

The Office was established in 1989.[3] It is a subsidiary of the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce, but is staffed by officers either employed directly by the Office or seconded from relevant New Zealand departments and agencies.[4] These include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.[2]

Before 1972, New Zealand recognised Taiwan as the "Republic of China", but diplomatic relations were ended following the decision of the government of Norman Kirk to recognise the People's Republic of China, making it one of the first developed countries to do so.[5]

Its counterpart in New Zealand is the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand in Wellington.[6]


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