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Foreign buyers grabbed over 

360,000 hectares of freehold farm or 

forestry land last year and 103,000 

ha of leasehold land, a big increase 

on the previous years. In 2015 the 

Overseas Investment Office (OIO) 

allowed only 75,000 ha of free-

hold and just 5,000 ha of leasehold 

land to go to foreign ownership.

The big increase has outdoor rec-

reation circles shaking their heads 

in disbelief. Wairarapa’s Bill Ben-

field co-chairman of the Council 

of Outdoor Recreation Associa-

tions said the increase reflected a 

lax attitude by government and 

its Overseas Investment Office.

“The OIO should be called the 

Overseas Buyer’s Office.“ he said. 

“It virtually rubber-stamps ev-

ery application, irrespective 

of the consequences. One of 

the major consequences is the 

blocking of long-time access 

via New Zealand family farms.”

He said in the Wairarapa, foreigners 

like Hollywood film maker James 

Cameron had bought and then 

erected high, ‘no access’ fences.

“It’s a bit unfair to target James Cam-

eron as it’s happening everywhere. 

That traditional access for fishing 

or hunting has suddenly gone.” 

NZ First stepped into the debate 

with Winston Peters question-

ing the benefits to New Zealand. 

“The question much be asked – 

where is the gain for New Zealand?”

A recent sale approved by the 

Overseas Investment Office 

proclaimed that the buyer was 

a ‘key player in a key industry’. He 

went unnamed until sleuths re-

vealed him to be an American TV 

broadcaster who likes fly fishing. 

“What exactly will be his ‘key’ contri-

bution and what key industry was 

that?  Too many foreign buyers are 

here in pursuit of their own interests.”

Winston Peters said NZ First’s 

priority was for New Zealand-

ers to farm and look after the 

land for generations to come.

“The National-led government is 

so pro-overseas ownership they 

voted against NZ First’s Bill to set 

up a register of foreign ownership.”

Clearly the National Party did 

not want to know what the 

level of overseas buying was.

“And they most certain-

ly don’t want the public to 

know,” said Winston Peters.

Bill Benfield recalled the words 

of the late John Henderson who 

was president of the NZ Deer-

stalkers Association who in 1972 

warned against foreign ownership.

In 1972 in a Victoria University lec-

ture, John Henderson said “There 

is nothing more dangerous or 

damaging to a small egalitar-

ian society such as New Zealand’s 

than the injection of a handful 

of foreigners possessing private 

wealth that our social system 

does not and should not permit.”

“Protection from such damag-

ing influences as John Henderson 

spoke against can be assured in 

the long term only by proper gov-

ernment action and legal safe-

guards,” said Bill Benfield. “The 

OIO and 

government have 

failed miserably and alarmingly 

judged on the latest 2016 figures.”

Rising Country Sales threatens angler access

by John McNab

BOAT FOR SALE: Sea Nymph V-14.6 

Gulwing about 1972 vintage; RT ra-

dio and broadcast radio; fish finder; 

4 life jackets; two petrol tanks; rear 

ladder; bilge pump; navigation 

lights; full sun and weather cover; 

trailer has hand winch and an 

electric winch; trailer is a tilt trailer 

which is in good condition and has 

a current WOF & Registration; 60Hp 

Mariner (1995) two stroke which 

runs very well; seating for 4 people. 

A great boat for all conditions.

Price $6000.00 Phone 


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An Irish Family Tradition  

Paddy had long heard the stories of 

an amazing family tradition. It seems 

that his father, grandfather and great-

grandfather had all been able to walk 

on water on their 18th birthday. 
On that special day, they’d each 

walked across the lake to the pub on 

the far side for their first legal drink. 

So when Paddy’s, 18th birthday came 

‘round, he and his pal Mick, took a 

boat out to the middle of the lake, 

Paddy, stepped out of the boat... and 

nearly drowned! 

Mick just barely managed to pull him 

to safety. 

Furious and confused, Paddy, went 
to see his grandmother. ‘Grandma,’ 

he asked, “It’s my 18th birthday, so 

why can’t I walk ‘cross the lake like my 

father, his father, and his father before 

him?” Granny looked deeply into 

Paddy’s, troubled brown eyes and said, 

“Because your father, your grandfa-

ther and your great grandfather were 

all born in December, when the lake is 

frozen, and you were born in August, 

ya dip sh*t.