Seed Force Limited
Case number(s)
Decision date
Decision Retrospective consent granted
Section 12(a) Overseas Investment Act 2005
Decision Maker Overseas Investment Office
Decision Date 6 May 2022
Pathway(s) Benefit to New Zealand (Substantial and Identifiable) 
Investment An overseas investment in sensitive land, being the Applicant’s acquisition of a leasehold interest in approximately 24 hectares of land located at 1210 & 1216 Shands Road, Christchurch (Land).
Applicant Seed Force Limited
France (91%)
New Zealand (9%)

Robert Selwyn & Rosemary Jane Paton
New Zealand (100%)

John Henry & Helen Sylvia Paton
New Zealand (100%)


The Applicant is a seed breeding company which operates across Australasia. The Applicant is ultimately majority owned by widely held French persons and entities.

The Land has been leased through two leases since 2018 to allow the Applicant to undertake seed trials and research. 

We consider the Investment has resulted in:

  • an increase in jobs on the Land, increased export receipts, additional investment for development purposes and various other consequential benefits;
  • a non-residential use outcome - the Land has not been used for residential purposes. 

We are satisfied that the Investment will benefit New Zealand and that benefit is likely to be substantial and identifiable. We are further satisfied that the investor test has been met.

A retrospective consent was required as, at the time the leases were entered, the Applicant was unaware that consent under the Act was required and the leases were entered without the required consent.

The Applicant satisfied the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) that the breach was inadvertent and that it did not realise that the Land was sensitive land under the Act. As soon as the Applicant realised consent was required, it contacted the OIO to remedy the situation. The Applicant has paid an administrative penalty imposed under the Act.

More information Ed Smithies
Lane Neave (Auckland)
PO Box 462
Auckland 1140
Retrospective penalty $10,000