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Now that the election is over…

… what is the bet that the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) is about to make public their decision on the Chinese offer to buy the Crafar farms?

The cynic in me wonders if the Minister responsible for the OIO had a quiet chat with  Chief Executive, Colin MacDonald, on this issue?

More here,

The second colonisation of New Zealand

The Crafar Farms – Why the delay from the OIO?



  1. Gem
    29 November 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Tread carefully Frank. If you dare to question foreign investment in farmland, rather than just playing along like an idiot, the likes of Jenny Shipley will label you racist and xenophobic – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10728265


    As an aside, this article made me laugh, as the headline could just as aptly apply to John Banks! http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10769652

    • Frank Macskasy
      29 November 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Oh, indeed, Gem. It’s an easy assertion for the likes of Ms Shipley to make. But as far I can tell, the Shanghai Pengxin bid for the Crafar farms has been the only one that has taken such a long, drawn-out period of time for the OIO to assess.

      One cannot but wonder if the issue was such a “hot potato” that the incumbent government wanted it shelved until the election was done and dusted. Oh dear me, what am I thinking…? Surely politicians are not so manipulative…?

      As for the Herald article, “Ex-mayor’s political rise ‘ridiculous’, ‘dreadful’ and ‘a joke'”…

      It seems to boil down to “I-don’t-like-any-of-the-NZ-First-MPs-so-the-system-must-be-at-fault” rationale…

      Amy Rosenfeld is being disingenuous when she opens her piece with,

      “North Shore residents are fed up with MMP, after their controversial ex-mayor “snuck” into Parliament despite a miserable result in the polls. “

      “Snuck in”? Gosh – so someone left the doors unlocked to Parliament and Winston Peters and his fellow 7 MPs just wandered in?! I wonder what the Security Guards were doing?

      Or did the 135,865 New Zealanders who cast their Party Ballot for NZ First have something to do with it?

      Nah. I go with the unlocked doors scenario. Far more plausible… 😀

      Anyway. John Banks and Andrew Williams can swap mayoral stories over a cuppa tea, in Bellamys. 😉

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