About the Overseas Investment Office

The OIO makes sure New Zealand’s sensitive assets are in good hands, and enables overseas investment that benefits New Zealand.

New Zealand welcomes quality overseas investors who make quality investments that benefit New Zealand.

The Overseas Investment Office assesses applications from overseas investors to make sure they meet the criteria in the Overseas Investment Act 2005. Overseas people and organisations (more than 25 per cent foreign-owned) wanting to invest in New Zealand’s sensitive land, significant business assets and fishing quota must get consent before they do so.

To gain consent, investments from overseas investors must deliver benefits over and above those that a likely New Zealand investor would deliver. These benefits can be economic, such as additional jobs or improved market access, but can also include other benefits such as providing walking access, undertaking pest control, protecting and enhancing indigenous fauna and vegetation. 

Consent decisions are made by ministers, with advice from the Office, or by the Office itself, under delegation from ministers.

The OIO monitors investors to make sure they give us truthful and complete information about themselves and their plans, and keep the commitments they make when they apply for consent. We take enforcement action when required.

The Overseas Investment Office works to provide quality service to investors and their advisors. The OIO also works closely with other parts of government – for example New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Treasury. The team has a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience, including investigators, advisors and solicitors, and a strong understanding of and interest in the business sector. We work in a fast paced environment that has a high level of public interest and scrutiny.

Last Updated: 17 February 2017