Deletion

Schedule of deletions in terms of section 17 of the Official Information Act 1982 and under the provisions of sections 9(2)(b)(ii) and 9(2)(ba)(i) of that Act.

Decision Numbers 200720014, 200720015, 200720016.

 

Statistical information on Overseas Investment Office decisions for August 2007

The following statistical information shows consents granted or declined by the Overseas Investment Office for the sale of New Zealand land, business assets and fishing quota to overseas persons. It does not necessarily indicate that a sale has taken place or will take place. In addition, if a transaction for which consent is granted does proceed to sale, that sale will always take place after the consent has been granted. The settlement date will depend on the contractual arrangements between the vendor and the purchaser.

Value of investments to New Zealand

The table below shows the net dollar investment value to New Zealand and gross value of consideration of consents granted to overseas persons in August 2007 and for the 2007 calendar year to date..

Net investment dollars

"Net investment dollars" represent the total dollar value invested in New Zealand. For example, if a New Zealander sells a $100 million business to an Australian then the whole $100 million is added to the net investment total. However, if for instance the New Zealand asset was 100% Japanese owned, then $0 would be added to the net investment total. Thus, the net change in ownership of New Zealand assets is captured in the "total" net investment figure.

Gross value of consideration

"Gross value of consideration" represents the total consideration including GST (if any) to be paid for the acquisition of the assets under consents granted during the relevant period. The "gross value of consideration" figure for August include consideration paid by New Zealanders (for example, an acquisition of a business by a New Zealand/Australian joint venture), and will not reflect the net change in ownership of New Zealand assets.

The reference to "consideration" in the decision sheets and in this statistical information can refer to the amount proposed to be paid for the acquisition by the purchaser, or it can refer to the value of the securities (eg shares), or the value of the assets (eg of the company).

 August 2007Jan - August 2007Jan - August 2006
Number of approvals991113
Net Investment $281,731,5004,075,187,3502,525,568,288
Gross value of consideration1,517,105,88614,291,601,6666,137,653,515

In terms of net investment, the three largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2007 to date, that can be disclosed were for:

  • YPG Finance Limited's acquisition of up to 100 percent of the shares of Yellow Pages Group Limited and certain trade marks and domain names used by Yellow Pages Group Limited – a "net" investment of $660,777,134;
  • GDF-ILLP (English LLP)'s acquisition of certain business assets and undertakings of Peninsula Road Limited and Melview Viaduct Harbour Limited – a "net" investment of $319,421,300; and
  • Valad Commercial Management Limited as responsible entity of the Valad Property Trust's acquisition of twenty-three properties from Carter Holt Harvey Limited & Carter Hold Harvey Properties Limited - a "net" investment of $173,250,000.

Total land area approved for sale to overseas persons

The tables below show the net and gross area of land (in hectares) for which consent was granted to overseas persons in August 2007 and for the 2007 calendar year to date.

Net hectares

"Net hectares" represents the total land area proposed to be transferred into foreign ownership under consents granted during the relevant period. For example, if a New Zealander sells 10 hectares to someone from overseas, the whole 10 hectares is shown. However, if the seller was a company that was 50% New Zealand owned and 50% foreign owned then only five hectares would show in that column. Five hectares represents the "net" change in foreign ownership of New Zealand land.

Gross hectares

"Gross hectares" represents the total land area proposed to be acquired under consents granted during the relevant period. The figure will not show the seller's New Zealand ownership share (if any) (unlike the "net hectares" figure) and will include land that is proposed to be acquired by New Zealand interests as well as overseas interests (for example, under a New Zealand/Australian joint venture).

Freehold land approved for sale

 August 2007Jan - August 2007Jan - August 2006
Number of approvals35287
Net land area (ha)5746,75818,888
Gross land area (ha)5,61722,433115,170

In terms of "net" freehold land areas, the two largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2007 to date that can be disclosed were for:

  • Barra Bidco Limited's acquisition of up to 100 percent of the shares of EnviroWaste Services Limited which owns 3,767.287 hectares of land situated throughout New Zealand – a "net" land area of 2,386.576 hectares; and
  • Coleridge Downs Limited acquisition of 1,285.2234 hectares of land situated at Dry Acheron Station, Coleridge Road, Rakaia Valley, Canterbury – a "net" land area of 1,285.2234 hectares; and
  • The Ingleby Company Limited’s acquisition of 595.2913 hectares of land situated at Whakaangiangi Road, Te Araroa – a "net" land area of 595.2913 hectares.

Other interests in land approved for sale (for example leases and crown pastoral leases)

 August 2007Jan - August 2007Jan - August 2006
Number of approvals32121
Net land area (ha)23537,794
Gross land area (ha)1,5952,55937,500

In terms of "net" other interest land areas, the two largest approvals by the Overseas Investment Office in 2007 to date that can be disclosed were for:

  • Barra Bidco Limited's acquisition of up to 100 percent of the shares of EnviroWaste Services Limited which has 225.0222 hectares of leasehold land situated in Auckland and Waikato – a "net" land area of 142.5516 hectares; and
  • Takitimu Coal Limited's acquisition of 76.3 hectares of leasehold land situated at Ohai, Nightcaps, Southland – a "net" land area of 76.3 hectares; and
  • PIC NZ Holdings Limited acquisition of up to 100 percent of the shares of PIC New Zealand Limited which has 540.0144 hectares of leasehold land situated in Waikato and Canterbury – a "net" land area of 55.323 hectares.

Approvals under the Fisheries Act 1996

The table below shows the net fishing quota for which consent was granted to overseas persons in August 2007 and for the 2007 calendar year to date.

 August 2007Jan - August 2007Jan - August 2006
Number of approvals000
Net tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement000
Gross tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement000
Net Quota shares000
Gross Quota shares000

Applications declined

The table below shows investments for which consent was declined in August 2007 and for the 2007 calendar year to date.

 August 2007Jan - August 2007Jan - August 2006
Number of Declines143
Total proposed purchase price ($)14,1752,032,5122,251,251
Total proposed area to be acquired (ha)53331

For more information contact:

Overseas Investment Office
Land Information New Zealand
Ph: 04 462 4490
oio@linz.govt.nz