The real estate advertisement is spot on in describing Mt White Station as an “iconic” South Island high country station. The 40,000 hectare property is adjacent to Arthur’s Pass National Park and the upper reaches of the Waimakariri River. Mt White Station is the second largest pastoral lease in New Zealand still owned by the […]
Yesterday in Parliament I asked the Prime Minister if he is planning to change our laws to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), even before it is clear if the US Congress will ratify it. The Prime Minister said he was going to push ahead with changing our laws and wouldn’t wait to see if […]
The Overseas Investment Office has just approved the sale of eight Waikato dairy farms comprising 3,205 hectares of land to a Swedish consortium. This decision follows last year’s contentious decision to allow Chinese Company Shanghai Pengxin to purchase the Crafar farms. The 16 Crafar farms comprised nearly 8000 hectares of farmland. An overseas purchaser must […]
The decision by the Court of Appeal regarding the Crafar farms is disappointing. The Court of Appeal has concluded that Shanghai Pengxin has sufficient business experience and acumen to run the farming business. In reality New Zealand state owned enterprise Landcorp will be running the Crafar farms on behalf of Shanghai Pengxin. Prime Minister John […]
There is a sharp contrast between the Prime Ministerial responses to last week’s respective indiscretions by two of his more accident-prone Ministers.