So why have we (but not iwi) been excluded from a Northland beach? Because of official laxity, it seems

March 8, 2015

It looks like our indigenous persons can chalk up another triumph in having craven public servants put iwi interests ahead of the wider public’s.

The bureaucrats in this tawdry tale of ineptitude are the tossers at the Overseas Investment Office who are dab hands at rubber-stamping applications for foreigners to buy chunks of the country but not so good at ensuring the conditions are met.

Mind you, they have done our indigenous persons a big favour in this case and will have earned lots of brownie points from their political masters in the Beehive.

Strictly speaking, as a member of the Government, Alf should be applauding them.

He will do so publicly (which may well help our team to keep the Maori Party on side).

But privately…

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Oh look – Ngai Tahu have cashed in on forestry land by selling it to foreigners

October 4, 2011

We hear a lot of stuff about Maori having this world view that differs from the non-Maori world view and includes very different attitudes to land and resources.

Tukoroirangi Morgan, from Waikato Tainui, is among those who would have us believe Maori manage their assets differently from the result of us.

A few weeks ago he was in full blather about his plan to form a consortium of iwi, land trusts and incorporations to buy stakes in any state-owned enterprises that may be part-privatised if National is re-elected in November.

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It could be worse – at least the Chinese invaders will let us keep buying whisky

April 16, 2011

Neither of these ladies is Mrs Grumble, because she wears gumboots.

Dunno if this means Alf has gotta learn Mandarin and how to eat with chopsticks.

But it seems the Chinese have invaded Eketahuna.

They have done this – sneaky buggers – while our Navy was away exercising with the Americans somewhere in the Pacific.

And they have done it by taking control of premises at 37 Main Street Eketahuna.

Alf is suggesting to constituents they dial (06) 375 8125 to see who answers. And in what language.

That’s the address and phone number for the PGG Wrightson shop where Alf goes to buy gumboots and stuff needed by Mrs Grumble in the garden. Farmers, of course, go there for their agricultural purchases.

The Chinese takeover was announced yesterday.

Chinese agricultural companies have taken control of New Zealand rural services company PGG Wrightson. The bid vehicle Agria (Singapore) Pte yesterday disclosed it had a 50.52 per cent holding.

Agria (Singapore) is jointly owned, directly or indirectly, by Beijing-based Agria Corp and New Hope, which is one of China’s largest agricultural and food corporations.

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If a country can’t be taken away, what exactly is being shipped off to China in vast shiploads?

July 6, 2010

Maybe with bigger trucks we could shift the lot by the end of the century...

Alf salutes the PM this morning, on reading that John Key doesn’t want New Zealanders to become tenants in their own country as foreign companies seek to buy up farms.

The Government therefore may look at law changes.

The issue has arisen in the wake of a Chinese company’s bid to buy the Crafar farms.

Key would not comment directly on the Crafar farms issue because it’s before the Overseas Investment Office, although it’s fair to think that in this case the OIO is taking a bit more time to look into the matter than it normally tends to do.

If we had Olympic Games for rubber stamping overseas investment approvals, the OIO would be among the medal winners, probably with a gold and a world record.

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Give the OIC rubber stamp to a chimp but first let’s take a harder look at the buyup of the Crafar farms

March 26, 2010

Alf is bound to agree with the xenophobic Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa on this occasion.

Cafca regards Federated Farmers as “unbelievably naive” in its reaction to news of a mysterious Chinese company hoping to spend a few billion on dairy farms.

Fair enough.

The feds described the wheeling and dealing in dairy farms as an “unintended consequence” of the NZ/China Free Trade Agreement. ”

Ha.

Pull the other one, says Cafca.

There’s nothing unintended about this consequence, this is how “free” trade agreements are supposed to work. They all come with embedded investment agreements which protect the rights of investors from the countries which are party to the Agreement, and those foreign investors’ rights are backed up by the force of legal sanction.

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