overseas investment

Treating the Auckland housing bubble as a supply-side problem doesn’t work; neither does blaming some group without a careful analysis of what is happening. What might work?

There are two separate Auckland housing issues which are only loosely linked. The first, dealt with here briefly, is providing sufficient housing in the region.

The Crafar Farms sale has become a flashpoint for public concern over foreign ownership. As politicians figure out how to repsond, how can we keep the land without closing the door to business and trade?

The Overseas Investment Office's recommendation on the Crafar Farms sale is sitting on the desks of Maurice Williamson and Jonathan Coleman, ticking away like that cliched old time bomb.

The Crafar farms sale is a canny deal with undoubted benefits for New Zealand. So why the fuss? Because each sale of productive land offshore raises questions about our future economically and as Kiwis

Anyone at all surprised by the sale of the 16 Crafar Farms to Shanghai Pengxin? Thought not. It was utterly predictable for two reasons – 1) that company offered far and away the most money and 2) the company offers export opportunities into China at a juncture in history New Zealand when we stand or fall on our ability to sell protein to that country.

The onus is on the government to explain how a looser overseas investment policy will have net benefit for New Zealand

This year we’ve seen two examples of the way the global rip current is pulling, yet we’re out swimming in it, Piha Rescue-style.

KiwiRail could buy commuter trains; warnings in new bullying report; government to reform overseas investment rules; ACT abandons party whips; and more

The government is considering using KiwiRail to buy new electric trains for Auckland and Wellington, the New Zealand Herald reports.