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.