A foreign-owned forestry company has bought up more than 77,000 hectares of forests in just four years to become the third largest landowner in New Zealand.
Australia-based New Forests Asset Management runs several investment funds here through several subsidiaries.
RNZ journalist Kate Newton has been investigating who owns New Zealand for several months.
She says the speed at which New Forests amassed the land is astonishing.
“They have gone from owning nothing in 2015, as far as we can tell, to now owning 77 and a half thousand hectares. they had an Overseas Investment Office approval just go through last month to buy another piece of land,” Newton says.
New Forests calls itself a “sustainable real assets investment manager offering leading-edge strategies in forestry, land management, and conservation”.
It has more than $5 billion Australian in assets under management globally with investments in Australia, New Zealand, US and Southeast Asia.
A piece of old news that mainstream is highlighting again without pointing to the obvious instigators of the whole thing pre labour, the sale by nats of thousands of state homes. Not rocket science really is it? Still, the property developers had a field day & laughed all the way to the banks owned by their buddies. Key’s managing one now I believe and NZ’s debt he racked up, well that appears to have benefited him as well. Under neo lib economics the poor can just eat cake as far as they are concerned.
Using data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Yale study has compared the statistics to those from other developed nations, which put New Zealand on top of the list on a per-capita basis – although the researchers note significant comparability issues thanks to the differing ways each country measures homelessness.
The late Barry Smith, a Kiwi evangelist and investigative author who was interviewed in the UK in 2000 by Revelation TV. (The video is on our front page). He in fact introduced this subject of privatisation earlier on in the ’90s, having traveled and shared on the topic of a one world government (aka global governance, new world order) since the early 1970s when I personally heard him myself. Bringing his family with him, they towed & lived in a caravan, and would conduct week long crusades in both small towns and cities, sharing the details of the plan. It is a plan which he said the planners believed only one in a million people would ever find out. He would say cheekily that he was that one. Ever grateful for his revelations on this plan which is foretold in Biblical scripture, it has been easier to digest what is happening now in our world. In effect most of what he said is coming to pass. See also our One World Govt / New World Order page.
Note: for the full interview go to this link for part 1, which will also lead you to Parts 2 & 3.
Important also with regard to this topic are the Agenda 21 / 30 pages found at the main menu. See in particular the Agenda in NZ. At that page you will find a pdf (downloadable) free ebook by Dr Naomi Jacobs who wrote it with particular reference to NZ. She had noticed the debacle going on at Kaipara with the rates hikes there & the battle that has ensued. There is a reason for these exorbitant hikes as NZ councils become more and more indebted. A must read. Especially if you wish to understand what is really going on. See also our Local Govt Watch pages.
Be sure and read the related links down the right hand side of the page in the following article (at the link). They’re denying it’s privatisation. Yeah right! See our recent links on Tamaki, then Horowhenua. They sugar coat the sale with ‘community housing provider’ then sell to private developers. Of course it’s privatisation! It’s also called lying as they did in the Horowhenua. They are taking away our sovereignty by selling off our national assets that our parents and grandparents worked for. No sovereignty, high debt, we’re then beholden to the banks and off shore corporations. See Agenda 21/30 pages for more on that. The UN plan for global governance that is really about world domination people. That is the end game & they want you to swallow it hook, line and sinker. EnvirowatchRangitikei
Watch Key in the Newshub video (link in article below) gesticulating with his hands, bumbling along, trying to describe a package that might just possibly garner a few votes from the folks who have effectively wiped him now. It will make you nauseous I warn you. He is moving craftily from ‘let them eat cake’ to rations of sugary election sweets, which we all know won’t last beyond election day.
This is a man, a former banker, who has basically raped and pillaged our nation since he was elected, selling off our assets with little accountability, unloading our state housing stock that just happens to sit on prime real estate … while heartlessly ignoring the 41,000 plus who are homeless, promising lollies here for the poor … having ignored growing child poverty in his midst, taxing himself 2.8% and the real workers 28%, and telling us he has a family package that will aim to … get this …
“deliver fairness to everybody, and a bit more at the lower income level”
This is breathtaking arrogance. Having quickly forgotten he grew up in a state house himself, he is totally ignorant of the true state of the nation under his watch. Unbelievably, he thinks he can just front up with a little lolly scramble to titillate the voters. For a reminder of what has happened under his watch listen to Green Party’s Gareth Hughes earlier this year delivering an apt and succinct overview…
Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech.
It’s a real accomplishment and you must be now thinking how history will remember you.
Just outside of this debating chamber are the portraits of our great leaders.
From Seddon, to Savage and Fraser to Kirk how do these giants who established universal suffrage, a caring state in the midst of a depression and world war and a modern independent, bicultural New Zealand compare with you?
Is the flag it?
Your desperate, lumbering, grasping attempt at building a legacy with a flag won’t mask the realities.
Hungry kids up
Housing costs up
Electricity costs up
Foreign ownership up
Corruption up …”
Simply cutting tax rates or lifting the thresholds at which higher rates kick in wouldn’t be “fair to everybody”.
“If you lower the bottom rate, you give it to everybody at the top and it costs a fortune,” he explained.
“Whereas you might be able to do some integrated family package… which delivers fairness to everybody but a bit more meaningful at the lower-income end.”
But changes to income tax brackets haven’t been ruled out. Presently, the top rate of 33 cents in the dollar kicks in at $70,000. As incomes rise, more people find themselves earning enough to start paying the top tax rate.
“People are getting bumped into the top personal rate without doing too much,” says Mr Key.
Asked if beefing up the accommodation supplement was on the cards, particularly in areas where rents have risen sharply, Mr Key said: “That may well be right.”
He hasn’t yet decided whether any changes would come in Budget 2017 or used to woo voters in next year’s election campaign.
For more insights into John Key’s banking past and the various anomalies we see under his watch go to ‘categories’ (left of any page) for further articles… see ‘banking’ in particular. Or use the search box.
“You delivered tax cuts the country couldn’t afford and leave us $120 billion in debt, a superannuation crisis, crippling student loans and a generation locked out of home ownership” Gareth Hughes, Green Party
Our country NZ that we like to think of as being a democracy, technically has been one in name only for quite some time now. We are actually a corporation, listed on the Security and Exchange Commission website (SEC) as such, with the Queen as the listed owner. Indeed our local District Councils are also companies, listed on the Dun and Bradstreet website. Check it out. A company is ‘any formal business entity for profit which may be a corporation, a partnership or individual proprietorship’.
This has ramifications for how they both function. If corporations and companies have profits for shareholders as their primary concern, then how can they be true to democratic aspirations, or truly fulfill that function? We’ve already been seeing the outworking of this incompatibility for quite some time now. Constantly corporate interests are overriding any care for the environment, in spite of Horizons and District Councils’ much touted mantra of ‘sustainable development’. Big business aka corporations are not interested in cleaning up the damage they inflict and they hold little interest in preserving the environment. At least not beyond lip service anyway. They’re claiming ownership of our water supplies to sell off shore for profit, and charging local farmers far higher prices to tend to our own agricultural concerns. In our own district corporate interests are wrecking our roads and trashing our waterways with our own local Rangitikei District Council turning a blind eye and on loading the expense to the rate payers. Sustainable?
So here is a scathing address to John Key on the state of our nation by Gareth Hughes of the Green Party at the opening of Parliament. Laid bare, the facts are astonishing … he speaks truth …
Certainly NZ is being sold lock, stock and barrel. The National Government seems indeed set on disposing of land hand over fist, along with our State Housing and other assets. This is the way of corporations … remember, our government is a corporation. The face of our country is truly changing in a very disturbing way. Watch this space. EnvirowatchRangitikei
“New Zealand land continues to go under the hammer to foreign buyers but no one is holding buyers to their promises of job and wealth creation for New Zealanders.
Strange, given the approvals are based on those promises. Oddly, no applications get rejected. In the last two years they have all been approved.
The promises, which give them the go ahead, include job creation, investment, protection of indigenous plants, donations to local organisations or schools, etc.
The Overseas Investment Office, the apparent guardian of our precious land, is letting us down. But the fault lies with the government which should be staffing it adequately and giving it the correct mandate…”