DecisionConsent granted
Section 12(a) Overseas Investment Act 2005
Decision Date24 May 2017
InvestmentAn overseas investment in sensitive land, being Bardfield Farms Limited’s (the “Consent Holder”) acquisition of a freehold interest in approximately 208.595 hectares of land (the “Land”) at 60 Pilbrow Road, Palmerston, Waitaki, Otago,
(the “Investment”).
ApplicantBardfield Farms Limited
Mark Purcell Tapper, New Zealand (33.33%)
Alpair Pty Limited, Australia (22.2678%)
Doug Hall Poultry Pty Limited, Australia (22.2011%)
Campastco Pty Limited, Australia (22.2011%)
VendorKerry William Chittock, Jacqueline Fay Chittock and Barry Rae Harvey
New Zealand (100%)

The Consent Holder is an established swine farming and genetics company, currently operating in New Zealand and Australia. It has previously made beneficial investments in New Zealand.

The Land is currently operated as a sheep and beef farm. Following completion of the Investment, the Consent Holder will convert the Land into a free range pig farm.

The new farming operation on the Land will require the creation of new jobs and significant capital expenditure, to facilitate the conversion. The Consent Holder’s projections show that the pig farm will substantially increase revenue streams, compared with the revenues generated by the existing sheep and beef farm.  

New Zealand interests will be involved with Investment at governance level and as a significant minority shareholder. The bed of the Shag River will also be offered to the Crown for nil consideration.  

The overseas investment transaction has satisfied the criteria in section 16 of the Overseas Investment Act 2005. The 'substantial and identifiable benefit to New Zealand' criteria were satisfied by particular reference to the following factors:

Overseas Investment Act 2005
17(2)(a)(i) – Jobs
17(2)(a)(iv) – Greater productivity and efficiency
17(2)(f) – Offer to sell riverbed to the Crown

Overseas Investment Regulations 2005
28(a) – Consequential benefits
28(e) – Previous investments
28(j) – Oversight and participation by New Zealanders

More informationKate Telford
Hesketh Henry
Private Bag 92093