ERI Timber New Zealand S.á.r.l.
Case number(s)
Decision date
DecisionConsent declined
Section 12(1)(a) Overseas Investment Act 2005
Decision makerThe Minister for Land Information and the Associate Minister of Finance
Decision date9 October 2023
Pathway(s)Sensitive land – Benefit test
InvestmentAcquisition of a freehold interest in approximately 1,313 ha of land in the Hawke’s Bay region (the Land).
Specify amount typeWithheld under section 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act.
ApplicantERI Timber New Zealand S.á.r.l.
Germany 100%
VendorWithheld under section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act.
New Zealand 100%

The Applicant is ultimately owned by a German pension fund which represents employees and firms from the German construction sector.   The Applicant is a new investor into New Zealand and has a mandate to invest in New Zealand forestry.

The Land is medium hill country and is operated as a sheep and beef farm with a small area of existing forestry (approximately 8 hectares).

The Land is a mixture of LUC 6 (approximately 1202 hectares), LUC 3 (approximately 110 hectares) and LUC 4 (approximately 4 hectares).

The Applicant intended to convert the Land to production forestry by planting radiata pine trees. The Applicant claimed that the Investment would benefit New Zealand economically through increased job opportunities and increased revenue off the Land.

The Applicant also claimed that the Investment would provide various environmental, public access, and advancement of significant government policy benefits.

Consent was declined as Ministers were ultimately not satisfied that the likely benefit was proportionate to the sensitivity of the land and the nature of the overseas investment.

More informationCatherine Reid

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

Assessment reports for overseas investments in a number for forestry applications under the Overseas Investment Act 2005

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