Q+A – foreign land buyers, Trump refugees

This morning on NZ Q & A:

Land sales to overseas buyers are on the rise – should New Zealanders be concerned?

This looked at foreign purchases of large land areas, especially around Queenstown and Hawea.

The Minister responsible (Land Information), Mark Minister, was then interviewed.

Also, seeking refuge from Trump’s America. Rebecca Wright reports from the US-Canada border. Watch her extraordinary story.

Plus, Sir Lockwood Smith sits down with Emma Keeling as he finishes up as NZ’s High Commissioner to the UK.

And our panel: Dr Claire Robinson, Robert Reid and Jamie Whyte

Claire Robertson has predicted Labour failure this year based on polls last year, Robert Reid is a unionist who strongly supports Labour and their more leftward leanings, and Jamie Whyte failed to make Parliament in 2014 as ACT’s leader.

The panel was hopeless on foreign ownseship, except for jamie Whyte who made some good points, in particular asking why foreign owners should be subjected to restrictions that New Zealanders aren’t.

Robinson started with a condescending diss of Mark Mitchell (who has just been Minister for three months and sounded quite well informed), and then waffled all over the place, ending up diverting to water saying it would become a big issue in the election.

Reid suggested that there should be no ownership of land.

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  1. David

     /  March 19, 2017

    “Also, seeking refuge from Trump’s America. Rebecca Wright reports from the US-Canada border. Watch her extraordinary story.”

    What’s extraordinary about it? Illegal immigrants try and illegally immigrate.

  2. Zedd

     /  March 19, 2017

    Its interesting to hear this rhetoric from Natz;
    1) we dont need a foreign register
    2) its only a tiny portion of the total
    3) they cant take it away, with them
    4) claims of xenophobia

    Most other countries block, foreign nationals (non-residents/citizens) buying land, why not NZ ?

    The truth is that these foreign investors are bringing foreign capital here, BUT they are also starting to put up fences, denying access to kiwis, in ‘iconic tourism areas’.. which I thought was not allowed under the rules ?

    How long before, the push for a new flag comes up again.. with USA/China/Japan/Saudi etc.motifs on it ?? ‘Tenants in our own land’ is ringing louder & louder !! 😦

    • Gezza

       /  March 19, 2017

      Jamie Whyte : *If you don’t want New Zealand land owned by overseas buyers – you’re xenophobic”. Tui.

  3. Ray

     /  March 19, 2017

    Super scary stuff from the Robert Reid First Union ( the people who pull the strings for Labour) calling for the collective ownership of land, though he back tracked a little to define it as “Iconic” land . Never to be sold!
    Presumably this would only apply to land he doesn’t own.
    What the xenophobic fools don’t realise is that almost all farm land in NZ has a mortgage to a foreign owned bank, to late to shut that gate.

    • Gezza

       /  March 19, 2017

      Well, not necessarily. Just tell the local bank branch defaulters are their problem, the land doesn’t pass into offshore ownership. This is another issue Labour should be focussing on.

    • Blazer.

       /  March 19, 2017

      good point…we need foreign banks like a hole in the…head.

      • Blazer

         /  March 19, 2017

        a bitter pill of truth….2 mins…

        • Nelly Smickers

           /  March 19, 2017

          As Wayne just said, ” He remembers reading where Hitler actually *praised the efficiency* of the Americans, for the way they went about the almost entire annihilation of the Native Indians” 😡

  4. namron

     /  March 19, 2017

    As I watched Q&A I wondered how many viewers were personally affected in any way by foreign ownership of any land in NZ. The majority of us wouldn’t have a clue! [and probably couldn’t care less] As we drive around NZ, who owns which grass, cow or sheep, is quite immaterial to us and with NZ benefitting from the overseas markets for what the farms produce we are pleased that all owners etc of the lands are receiving due recompense for their efforts. Realistically, accepting that based on Global population figures NZ is about 125th in size [based upon population figures] so obsessing over foreign ownership of small parts of our country [with major injections of foreign capital for purchase and development] seems petty, ignorant and misguided. Personally, what major negative effects has anyone experienced?

    • Blazer

       /  March 19, 2017

      ever stop to wonder why other cultures disallow ownership of their sovereign territory by foreigners?Not very hard to work out if…you can think.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 19, 2017

        If they are Chinese it is for the same bad reason they disallow land ownership by their own people – because they are communist. Is that what you mean?

        Plenty of foreign owned land all over Europe. Don’t hear you complaining about that.