Decision number200610051
Application number200610034
Date9 May 2006
Offeror/applicantMcDermott (Kenneth Giles and Kathleen) and Donaldson (Philip William Earl) as trustees of the Fair Hill Trust of United States of America
Ultimate applicant beneficial ownership100 percent - United States of America
Beneficial overseas ownership 
- Asset current0 percent
- Asset proposed100 percent
- Share currentN/A
- Share proposedN/A
Offeree(s)/seller(s)Moody (Muriel Beverley) of New Zealand
Business activitiesAgriculture - Sheep, Beef, Cattle
Details of land involved4.7907 hectares of freehold situated at Westbank Road, Pokororo, Motueka being CT NL4D/427 (Nelson Registry).
Regions involvedNelson/Marlborough
Total consideration$485,000
Consent soughtTo acquire an interest in land which, either alone or together with any associated land of that type, is or includes non-urban land and exceeds 5 hectares in area.
Rationale

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.

The Applicant proposes to acquire the subject property which adjoins 340.7735 hectares of land acquired by the Applicant in 2003 (refer A200310118/D200310089). The Applicant advises that as the subject land is flat to gently rolling it will be an ideal parcel of land on which to grow fodder crops for winter feed, and to enable more cattle to be wintered on-farm, to support the Applicant's farming operation.

The proposal is likely to result in the following benefits:

  1. the creation of new job opportunities in New Zealand;
  2. increased productivity and efficiencies to the Applicant's existing farming operation; and
  3. the introduction into New Zealand of development capital.
ContactMarian Lyders
Fletcher Vautier Moore
P O Box 23
MOTUEKA