Agright New Zealand OpCo 3 Limited
Case number(s)
Decision date
DecisionConsent granted
Section 12(1)(a) Overseas Investment Act 2005 
Decision MakerThe Minister for Land Information and the Associate Minister of Finance 
Decision Date21 July 2022 
Pathway(s)Benefit to New Zealand (Benefit to New Zealand - Farm land)
Investment112.41 hectares of land located at 1261 and 1347 Rakaia Highway, Chertsey, Mid Canterbury
ConsiderationWithheld under s.9(2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act 1982 
ApplicantAgright New Zealand OpCo 3 Limited
(Australia (53%); New Zealand (22.82%); Canada (10.57%); Luxembourg (9.09%); Cayman Islands (3.19%); USA (1.27%); Jersey (0.06%) 
VendorKiwi Free Range Limited
(New Zealand 100%) 

The Applicant wishes to acquire approximately 112.41 hectares of land located at 1261 and 1347 Rakaia Highway, Chertsey, Mid Canterbury (the Land) and associated farming assets located on the Land.  

The Land is currently operated as a broiler chicken farm. Broiler chickens are chickens farmed for their flesh, rather than their eggs. 

The Applicant intends to build new infrastructure (chicken sheds), which will significantly increase the productive capacity of the farm. 

The Investment is likely to result in economic benefits arising directly and indirectly from the construction of the sheds. The Applicant’s plans would result in:  

  • additional investment for development purposes;  
  • six additional FTE positions;  
  • increased productivity; 
  • a more reliable supply of primary products; and  
  • it would allow the Applicant to operate at scale, with standardised practices and a common corporate management.  

Taking into account the size and characteristics of the Land, the Ministers consider that the Investors are suitable persons to invest in New Zealand and the overseas investment is likely to benefit New Zealand. 

More informationBen Paterson
Russell McVeagh
PO Box 8 Auckland 1140

See the attached assessment report linked below, which was published in response to an Official Information Act request:

Overseas investment assessment report for Agright New Zealand OpCo 3 Ltd and The A2 Milk Company Limited

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