Decision number200610032
Application number200520052
Date16 March 2006
Offeror/applicantSt George Trustees Limited as trustee of the Chiquita Trust of United Kingdom
Ultimate applicant beneficial ownership100 percent - United Kingdom
Beneficial overseas ownership 
- Asset current100 percent
- Asset proposed100 percent
- Share currentN/A
- Share proposedN/A
Offeree(s)/seller(s)Wilson (Stewart Graeme) as trustee for the Chiquita Trust of United Kingdom
Business activitiesAccommodation - Hotel/Motel/Lodge
Agriculture - Native Bush
Details of land involved42.3731 hectares of freehold situated at Great Barrier Island being CT 25D/678 (North Auckland Registry).
Regions involvedAuckland
Total consideration$1,140,000
Consent soughtTo acquire:
  1. an estate or interest in land which exceeds 0.4 hectares and forms part of a specified island; and
  2. an estate or interest in land which exceeds five hectares in area.

The application has been approved as it met the criteria.

The Overseas Investment Office is satisfied that the individuals with control of the Applicant collectively have business experience and acumen relevant to the overseas investment, and that the Applicant has demonstrated financial commitment towards the overseas investment. The Overseas Investment Office is further satisfied that each individual that exercises control over the Applicant is of good character and is not an individual of the kind referred to in section 7(1) of the Immigration Act 1987.

Ian Muir Wilson (Dr Wilson), a New Zealand citizen residing in the United Kingdom, acquired the subject land in 1997. In 1998, Dr Wilson transferred the property to the Chiquita Trust, a family trust settled by Dr Wilson's mother primarily for Dr Wilson and his children. The trustee of the Chiquita Trust in 1998 was a New Zealand citizen.

In 1999, the existing trustee retired and a new trustee (Stewart Graeme Wilson, Dr Wilson's brother and a United Kingdom citizen) was appointed. The new trustee was an overseas person. A transfer of the land was registered in the name of the new trustee. The need for consent under the Overseas Investment Regulations 1995 was overlooked. A tourist lodge was constructed on the property in 2000, namely Mount St Paul Lodge, which has operated since April 2002.

It is now proposed that Stewart Graeme Wilson will retire as trustee of the Chiquita Trust, and be replaced by a professional trustee based in Jersey, St George Trustees Limited.

The transaction involves a change of the trustee of the Chiquita Trust and not a change in the beneficial ownership of the land in which Dr Wilson and his children are the primary beneficiaries. The transfer to Stewart Graeme Wilson and St George Trustees Limited has and will not alter the use of the property, which is used as an accommodation lodge.

ContactGary Craig
Rice Craig
PO Box 72 440