|27 May 2010||
Super Fund shops for Kiwi businesses
The NZ Super Fund is "going hard" on the acquisition trail for stakes in prime New Zealand assets like rural land, state-owned enterprises, smaller high-growth companies and iwi businesses.
|27 May 2011||
What price NZ? Land bid tests limits
Last week, bids closed for an 83% stake in Fonterra's biggest supplier, Dairy Holdings, which oversees 72 South Island farms. Bidders reportedly include Chinese dairy giant Bright Dairy, a pastoral fund owned by Australian investment bank Macquarie Group, British private equity firm Terra Firma. US private equity firm Carlyle Group and the Harvard Endowment Fund.
|03 Jun 2010||
Greens claim conflict of interest in Crafar sale
A lawyer advising the NZ Government how to make it easier to sell assets overseas is working for the Chinese company wanting to buy the Crafar farms, the Green Party says.
|28 Mar 2017||
Ten foreign investors forced to dispose of New Zealand land in last 10 years
Last year, a total of 466,000ha was sold to offshore buyers with Overseas Investment Office approval - a five-fold increase on the previous year.
|29 Oct 2018||
New Zealand dairy farm prices drop 18 pct as environmental, foreign investment concerns bite
Environmental rules and tighter restrictions on foreign ownership are denting dairy farm prices which have fallen more than 18 per cent.
|24 Aug 2010||
Olam launches NZ Farming Systems counter-offer
Olam International raised its offer for NZ Farming Systems Uruguay to 70 cents from 55 cents a day after the target company disclosed a third bidder is looking at the dairy farm develope
|22 Jul 2010||
Takeover bid may struggle after 50.1pc, says broker
If the offer is successful, Singapore's Olam will either hold 100 per cent or between 50.1 per cent and 90 per cent of NZ Farming Systems Uruguay
|16 Aug 2011||
Rich-lister leads bid to keep farms from Chinese
One of New Zealand's richest men has emerged as a white knight investor with a $105 million bid for big dairy farms that could otherwise be sold to China.
|28 Apr 2014||
Olam sells down Uruguay dairy land
NZ Farming Systems Uruguay, the South American dairy unit of Singapore-based Olam International, has sold some 7,771 hectares of farm land in Uruguay to local interests.
|15 Feb 2012||
Crafar sale benefits 'overstated'
Shanghai Pengxin will persevere with its $210 million bid to buy the Crafar dairy farms in spite of the High Court today overuling the Government's decision to allow the deal to go ahead.
|10 Aug 2011||
China ready to fight for its pound of flesh
Two issues are bound to feature in New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser's talks in Beijing next week: New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra’s market power in the China domestic market and Chinese investment intentions within New Zealand.
|04 Apr 2012||
Uncertainty is frightening off large-scale investors
The Government clearly hopes the Crafar Farms' controversy will be put to bed before China's fourth-ranked leader Jia Qinglin visits Christchurch and Wellington in mid-April.
|24 Aug 2010||
The myopia of 'Save our Farms'
The creation this week of the 'Save our Farms' campaign to block foreign ownership of New Zealand farm land has fired up a debate that needs to be had.
|07 Aug 2014||
New Zealand: Land sales row flares again
Political parties line up to attack Government over proposed buy-up of Lochinver Station farmland by Shanghai Pengxin, the same Chinese interests that created a furore over the purchase of Crafar Farms
|10 Jul 2010||
For better or worse: foreign ownership
At least 24 countries have been given approval to invest in New Zealand's agricultural sector, covering 154,855ha and a wide range of sectors from sheep farming to viticulture
|04 Oct 2017||
NZ Super Fund takes stake in Australian beef stud
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made its first offshore farm investment, taking a stake in Australian beef stud Palgrove for an undisclosed amount.
|09 Oct 2012||
Crafar Farms buyer eyes more NZ property
The Chinese conglomerate that bought the Crafar Farms this year is not ruling out the possibility of buying more New Zealand dairy land to fuel its exports to China.
|27 May 2011||
Uruguay farm saga deserves yellow card
NZS may not have successfully introduced our farming practices to Uruguay but it managed to introduce New Zealanders' strategy of acquiring highly leveraged farm land with the intention of making a large, non-taxable capital profit on disposal.
|26 May 2011||
China's sovereign wealth fund ready to spend $6b in NZ
China's enormous sovereign wealth fund, the China Investment Corporation, may have set aside up to 1.5% or about $6 billion of its massive foreign exchange reserves to invest in New Zealand assets, including potentially dairy farms.
|29 Jul 2010||
Fears grow we're selling the golden goose
Public opinion is clearly against the Crafar farms sale on the basis that NZ is "selling the farm", while selling a controlling stake in a processing plant is seen as another issue altogether. There is a strong argument for conditionality either way, writes Fran O'Sullivan.
|10 Apr 2018||
Landcorp goes with back-up offer in Jericho Station sale after Chinese buyer withdraws
Landcorp Farming, the state-owned farmer trading as Pāmu Farms of New Zealand, has gone with a back-up bidder for its Jericho Station sheep and beef farm in Fiordland after the preferred foreign buyer withdrew.
|08 Aug 2014||
'Crude stats' show foreigners own only 2% of farmland
Earlier this week, the Overseas Investment Office said it did not know how much farmland was owned by foreigners. Yesterday it told Prime Minister Key it believed the amount is 1 to 2 per cent.
|23 Apr 2012||
Farmland safe, say Crafar buyers as hikoi mobilises
The decision to approve the sale of NZ dairy farms to a Chinese company has prompted an "Aotearoa is Not for Sale" hikoi, which starts at dawn tomorrow with prayers at Cape Reinga.
|03 Feb 2011||
NZ Super starts buying up farms
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund's purchase of a New Zealand farm is just the first of a $500 million plan which will see it invest in local and international rural land.
|07 Oct 2010||
Overseas buyers a blessing to struggling farms
Richard Fyers, a commercial lawyer with the NZ China Trade Association, writes about the fuss made over land sales to foreigners.
|02 Dec 2019||
'Not in national interest': Ministers block foreigners from buying 4500ha of farmland
In a rare rejection of New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office application, Canadians have been barred from buying more than 4500ha of South Island farmland.
|22 Jul 2019||
Craigmore to convert Northland dairy land to kiwifruit production
Craigmore Sustainables, a New Zealand-owned company that draws its funds from overseas, with over 50 per cent now coming from Germany, is going to convert 137ha of Northland dairy country to kiwifruit production.
|28 Nov 2017||
Govt to clarify rules for selling farmland to overseas buyers
The Government will clarify the criteria for foreigners buying New Zealand farmland in the coming days, and in the longer-term tighten how easily that land can be purchased by overseas buyers.
|29 Apr 2016||
New Zealand: OIO re-opens review of farmland sale
The Overseas Investment Office has re-opened its review of the sale of Taranaki farmland to foreign investors after revelations the Argentinian owners were prosecuted for pollution and discharging toxic chemicals into a river in Buenos Aires.
|09 Jul 2014||
Agribusiness Report: Foreign purchases and rural property
The tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and principality of Monaco have received approval to "invest" in more New Zealand land during the past five years than much-maligned China.