NZ corporate giants start wobbling – too big to fail?


Some of our biggest corporates are starting to wobble, Fonterra…

Fonterra owners’ unrest grows on China foray
Frustration and anger is building among Fonterra’s farmer-owners as a second mega-million dollar China investment by New Zealand’s biggest company threatens to hit the rocks and erode their future earnings.

Reports of anxious and frustrated phone calls and emails circulating Fonterra’s shareholder base about the co-operative’s deteriorating $756 million investment in Chinese infant food company Beingmate have been acknowledged by Fonterra Shareholders’ Council chairman Duncan Coull.

…and Fletchers…

‘Incompetence’ behind Fletcher Building’s woes, admits chairman Sir Ralph Norris
A grim-faced Sir Ralph Norris resigned as chairman of Fletcher Building saying the board had to be accountable for the troubled building group’s massive construction losses.

Norris had planned to stay in the job until next year, but decided at the weekend to step down in the face of a $486 million increase in the projected losses for Fletchers’ troubled Building and Interiors (B&I) division on 16 major construction projects.

“It’s fair to the shareholders for somebody to take accountability,” Norris said.

Fletcher Building shares dropped by 13 per cent when trading restarted on Wednesday.

…and all of this when NZs favourite wealth creator, property speculation continues to splutter…

House prices expectations hit six-and-half year low
Expectations that house prices will rise are at a six-and-a-half year low, and the number of people who think it is a bad time to buy has fallen, particularly in Auckland, according to the latest ASB Housing Confidence Survey.

…while NZers continue to tell themselves things are fine, others aren’t so sure…

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Ten signs we’re heading for ‘economic armageddon’

John Adams, a former Coalition policy adviser who last year identified seven signs that the global economy was heading for a crash — later warning the window for action had closed — believes the US$4 trillion wipe-out was just the opening act of his apocalyptic prophecy playing out.

“When the economic earthquake hits, don’t be surprised to see soaring interest rates, massive falls in asset prices [like] shares, real estate and bonds, higher unemployment and widespread bankruptcies,” he said.

…at some point the new Government are going to have to review their whole commitment to appeasing our corporate overlords with the Budget Responsibility Rules and start looking after the people when the shit hits the fan.


  1. What a way to “not run our biggest corporate company” the big corporation plan has definitely crashed along with thinking the Chinese hope is a real benefit for us all.

    Capitalism is dead now!!!!!

    “The farms yielded just $1m in earnings before interest and tax in the 2017 financial year, despite a $38m subsidy of their operations by Fonterra’s China ingredients division.”

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