Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

National Wants Kiwis Kept in Dark Over Foreign Buyers

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First Leader

Member of Parliament for Northland
21 MARCH 2017

National Wants Kiwis Kept in Dark Over Foreign Buyers of Land

The Prime Minister and government are doing their best to shroud the issue of foreign ownership of New Zealand land with smoke and mirrors, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Journalists and local residents attempting to find conditions placed on buyers of New Zealand land are getting refusals from the Overseas Investment Office on such spurious grounds as ‘substantial collation’ or ‘privacy.’

“When questioned in Parliament about this today Prime Minister Bill English completely sidestepped the issue.

“Land Information New Zealand has stated 465,863ha in gross terms was proposed to be transferred into foreign ownership in 2016 or the equivalent of 3.24 percent of New Zealand’s farmland.

“Again Mr English, despite giving evasive answers, then called into question the confidence of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) saying some land had been counted twice.

“He failed to produce any evidence of that.

“Mr English and the National Government want to keep New Zealanders floundering around in the dark when they are trying to find out the full extent of foreign ownership of our land.

“This explains why they resist every attempt to have a register of foreign ownership of land and homes in New Zealand.

“Many commentators now suspect this level of ownership is now about 10 percent and higher,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election