Foreign investment in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Decisions of the Overseas Investment Commission and Overseas Investment Office

The approval of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO; before 25 August 2005, the Overseas Investment Commission (OIC)) is required for most overseas investment into Aotearoa/New Zealand that involves land and fishing, and most other investment valued at $100 million or more. See its website for details. In fact, it acts as a rubber stamp, approving almost all applications.

However, it does act as a source of information as to foreign investment coming into Aotearoa/New Zealand. CAFCA decided to make use of this by requesting under the Official Information Act all decisions of the OIC, and analysing them each month. After several years of argument, that information began being supplied in December 1989. Decisions since November 2006 are now available on the OIO's website. Most of CAFCA's analyses are available through the links below, and give often detailed information on the companies buying assets in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Until 2008 they were written by Bill Rosenberg; from 2009 to 16 James Ayers was the writer; since 2016 they have been written by Linda Hill.

Note: See CAFCA Forces Overseas Investment Office To Lift Cloak of Secrecy On Its Approvals.

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Overseas Investment Office Decisions

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Overseas Investment Commission and Overseas Investment Office Decisions

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Overseas Investment Commission Decisions

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