Decision number200620032
Application number200610129
Date17 August 2006
Offeror/applicantOtamatapaio Station (1993) Limited
Ultimate applicant beneficial ownership34 percent - Italy, Luigi, Georgio and Roberto Botto Poala
33 percent - New Zealand, Perriam (John and Heather)
33 percent - Australia, Michael Raoul Lempriere and family
Beneficial overseas ownership 
- Asset current0 percent
- Asset proposed67 percent
- Share currentN/A
- Share proposedN/A
Offeree(s)/seller(s)The Crown of New Zealand
Business activitiesAgriculture - Sheep, Beef, Cattle
Details of land involved5,567.7127 hectares of freehold situated at Otamatapaio Station, Otago being CT 235735 (Otago Registry).
Regions involvedOtago
Total consideration$1
Consent Sought

To acquire:

  1. an estate or interest in land which exceeds 0.4 hectares and includes/adjoins a lake the bed of which exceeds 8 hectares in area; and
  2. an estate or interest in land which exceeds 0.4 hectares and includes/adjoins land that exceeds 0.4 hectares held for conservation purposes; and
  3. an estate or interest in land which exceeds 0.4 hectares and includes/adjoins land that exceeds 0.4 hectares which is provided as a reserve, a public park, for recreation purposes, or a private open space; and
  4. an estate or interest in land which exceeds five hectares in area.
Rationale

The application has been approved as it met the criteria.

The Overseas Investment Office is satisfied that the applicant has significant business experience and acumen relevant to and is demonstrating financial commitment towards the investment. The Overseas Investment Office is further satisfied that the persons who exercise control over the applicant are of good character and not the kind of persons referred to in section 7(1) of the Immigration Act 1987.

On 31 August 1993 consent was granted to the Applicant to acquire Otamatapaio Station comprising approximately 8,000 hectares of Crown Pastoral Lease land and approximately 1,163 hectares of freehold land. In 2004 the Applicant entered into a substantive proposal with the Commissioner of Crown Lands in accordance with the Tenure Review process under Part 2 of the Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998. As a result approximately 2,356 hectares of Otamatapaio Station being part of the Crown Pastoral Lease land was restored to full Crown ownership and a fee simple title was issued on 5 August 2005 to the Applicant for the land the subject of this application.

The Applicant advises the freeholding has enabled it to use the optimum and productive parts of Otamatapaio Station for farming. The Applicant also advises that the tenure review process has also enabled greater public access to rivers and lakes adjoining the subject land and has protected species of fauna and flora by the creation of the conservation area and reserves on the land returned to full crown ownership.

The freeholding of the subject land as a result of the Tenure Revue process will ensure that the Applicant can continue to provide and further enhance the benefits that have accrued since it acquired the Crown Pastoral Lease in 1993. Such benefits include:

  1. the creation of new job opportunities in New Zealand;
  2. increased productivity from the property; and
  3. the introduction into New Zealand of development investment for development purposes.

In addition the return to Crown ownership of approximately 2,356 hectares under the Tenure Review process will enable greater public access to rivers and lakes adjoining the property and the protection of species of fauna and flora by the creation of conservation areas and reserves on land returned to the Crown.

ContactPaul Dorrance/Adam Jackson
Duncan Cotterill
P O Box 5
CHRISTCHURCH