Overseas Investment Office
|Overseas Investment Office|
|Headquarters||Radio New Zealand House, 155 The Terrace, Wellington
|Ministers responsible||Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance
Hon Jonathan Coleman, Associate Minister of Finance
Hon Maurice Williamson, Minister for Land Information
Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries
|Parent agency||Land Information New Zealand|
The Overseas Investment Office is the New Zealand government agency responsible for regulating foreign direct investment into New Zealand.
The Office is responsible for high value investments (2006: NZD $100m+), investments in sensitive land and investments in fishing quota. The Office is part of Land Information New Zealand, the New Zealand Government Agency responsible for survey, land valuation, land titles and mapping. This link recognises that the majority of the Office's work relates to the control of sensitive land. The Office replaces an earlier agency called the Overseas Investment Commission.
In 2005, the Overseas Investment Commission (OIC) and its replacement, the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), approved foreign investment totalling $14.3 billion, which was well above the average of $8.8 billion for the previous decade. All but about $3 billion was sales from one overseas company to another.
The agency has been accused by groups like the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa as being a 'rubber-stamping' body doing nothing against increasing foreign control over New Zealand assets.