A report to Agmardt.
How New Zealand interconnects with the world is a major issue for New Zealand. In particular, the sale of farm land to foreigners has sparked controversy. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a highly sensitive topic for many in New Zealand.
In this short paper we set out the evidence on FDI – particularly the evidence associated with land-based FDI – by examining:
- What influences and drives foreign ownership in New Zealand and abroad
- The regulatory changes made by the government in early 2011
- Which countries are investing in New Zealand and at what levels
- A framework that sets out the pros and cons of FDI.