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Statistical information on Overseas Investment Office decisions for September 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 September 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, or the value attributed to those assets, under consents granted during the relevant period. The "gross value of consideration" figure for September includes 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).

 September 2007Jan - September 2007Jan - September 2006
Number of approvals17*108127
Net Investment $ConfidentialConfidential1,335,093,111
Gross value of considerationConfidentialConfidential7,886,959,910

* In addition there was 1 retrospective approval granted during the month. This involved a net investment of $1,043,997 and gross consideration of $1,043,997.

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
  • Australian investors in Dominion Diversified NZ Property Fund Limited of Australia's acquisition of up to 100 percent of the convertible notes of Dominion Diversified NZ Property Fund Limited - a "net" investment of $250,000,000.

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 September 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

 September 2007Jan - September 2007Jan - September 2006
Number of approvals146697
Net land area (ha)1,6508,40919,094
Gross land area (ha)5,63228,065115,457

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
  • Trade Lines Malaysian Limited's acquisition of 1,043.333 hectares of land situated at 621 Orere-Matingarahi Road, Orere Point, Manukau City – a "net" land area of 1,043.333 hectares.

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

 September 2007Jan - September 2007Jan - September 2006
Number of approvals3*2424
Net land area (ha)4297827,795
Gross land area (ha)5073,06637,504

* In addition there was 1 retrospective approval granted during the month. This involved a net leasehold land area of 0.3 hectares and a gross leasehold land area of 0.3 hectares.

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

  • Trade Lines Malaysian Limited's acquisition of 418.6194 hectares of leasehold land situated at 455 Orere-Matingarahi Road, Orere Point, Manukau City – a "net" land area of 418.6194 hectares.
  • 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

Approvals under the Fisheries Act 1996

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

 September 2007Jan - September 2007Jan - September 2006
Number of approvals001
Net tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement000
Gross tonnes of Annual Catch Entitlement005,000
Net Quota shares000
Gross Quota shares000

Applications declined

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

 September 2007Jan - September 2007Jan - September 2006
Number of Declines043
Total proposed purchase price ($)02,032,5122,251,251
Total proposed area to be acquired (ha)03331

For more information contact:

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