A penny for their thoughts:
Jacinda – “I wish I was back at Davos, they had a delicious special blend coconut cream latte. Must ask Clarke to get the recipe. I’m going to snap Winston’s thumbs backwards if he gives Grant’s budget any more shit. Grant has worked very hard on this budget and he’s really trying so Winston rolling his eyes and doing slash throat gestures when Grant reads it out to us is bloody bullying. Simple as that. I won’t put up with Mean Girls in my Government!”
Winston – “I’m going to have to kneecap Shane Jones. Not figuratively. Literally”.
James – “Will I ever be allowed to look at Winston in the eye?”
Concerning statistics released today showing a spike in foreign interests taking over NZ property and assets….
1/ In 2018, the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approved foreign investment totalling $12.5 billion. The average for the decade 2009-2018 was $8.2 billion. So, a substantial increase in the first full year of the Labour-led Government.2/ In 2018, the OIO approved the sale of 137,834 hectares of freehold rural land to foreigners. This is a substantial increase over 2017 when the sale of 25,696 hectares was approved which was the lowest area of freehold land since 2003. It is close to the average for the decade 2009-2018 of 135,157 hectares. So, after easing off in 2017, land sales to foreigners were back to their previous level in the first full year of the Labour-led Government.
…it’s almost as if the state apparatus just doesn’t care there’s been a change of Government.
How come NZ First, Labour and the Greens who railed against losing our economic sovereignty when they weren’t the Government are now speeding that sale along?