Hon Maurice Williamson
Minister for Land Information
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Associate Minister of Finance
20 April 2012
Ministers approve Crafar farms bid
Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson and Associate Finance Minister Jonathan Coleman have approved the new
recommendation of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to grant consent to Milk New Zealand Holding Limited to acquire
the 16 Crafar farms
“New Zealand has a transparent set of laws and regulations around overseas investment,” Mr Williamson says.
“Those rules recognise the benefits that appropriate overseas investment can bring, while providing a range of
safeguards to protect New Zealanders’ interests. They are applied evenly to all applications, regardless of where they
“We have sought to apply the law in accordance with the provisions of the Overseas Investment Act and the guidance of
the High Court.
“We have carefully considered the OIO’s new recommendation. The OIO sought advice from Crown Law and independent legal
advice from David Goddard QC. The Ministers also sought advice and clarification from Mr Goddard.
“We are satisfied that on even the most conservative approach this application meets the criteria set out in the Act and
is consistent with the High Court’s judgment.”
Dr Coleman said the consent came with stringent conditions.
“These 27 conditions have been imposed to ensure Milk New Zealand’s investment delivers substantial and identifiable
benefits to New Zealand,” Dr Coleman says.
The conditions require Milk New Zealand to invest $16 million into the farms and to protect and enhance heritage sites
“The combined effect of the benefits being delivered to New Zealand as a result of this transaction is substantial.”