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.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search


Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>


NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>


Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>


NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>



Opening The Election Supporters




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election