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Pengxin’s outrageous profiteering attempt

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, June 29th, 2012 - 21 comments
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Shanghai Pengxin’s bid to buy the Crafar Farms was accepted the second time around because of promises that it (actually, Landcorp) would invest in building the farms’ productivity in a way a New Zealand buyer couldn’t. Instead, they immediately turned around and tried to sell 3 of the farms at an outrageous profit – offering to on sell to iwi 3 farms that include sacred areas at a 50% premium over what it is paying.

Pengxin has shown it has no intent of being bound to the commitments it has made to the Overseas Investment Office. This should aid the New Zealand group suing to stop the sale of the farms to Pengxin no end.

In a huge coincidence, Russel Norman’s bill that would ban farm sales overseas just drawn from the members’ ballot yesterday. In light of Pengxin’s behaviour, National’s going to have to give us some bloody good reasons for voting it down.

21 comments on “Pengxin’s outrageous profiteering attempt”

  1. mike e 1

    As the global economy continues to stay in depression except for a small number of countries.
    the spotlight turns to China and its economy,
    The various types of companies mostly state owned.
    Profit is missing from most companies.
    What China is doing is taking much of the Worlds resources And manufacturing as possible
    ( behaving like a monopoly)
    In the future when they have wiped out most of the competition through uncompetitive practices they will be able to make huge profits.

    • Except they will have no customers to sell to mike e. That is what Germany has done to Europe. Europe is not a Greek problem it is a German Problem. We have a China Problem.

      There is no point in running a highly subsidised economy that destroys your customers ability to produce and earn while at the same time loaning them money to buy your highly subsidised goods.

      That is not trade.

      The end outcome of this strategy will be more like the highland clearance than anything else. Once dispossessed we will be driven from our land. It happened to the Scots – it happened to the Maori and every other indigenous population – it is now happening to the majority of us.

      John Key doesn’t care – only money matters to him – he is not a New Zealander he is an Internationalist and he is an agent for the new Corporate Feudalism. This is the psychopathic behaviour of the compulsively acquisitive – ultimately self-destructive but the pathologically greedy can’t see that they are blinded by the need to own things and by their own sense of superiority.

      We the sheeple allow it to happen by our apathy.

      • Bill 1.1.1

        John Key is no internationalist ‘darkhorse’. Globalist, perhaps. But internationalist? Absolutely not.

        • darkhorse 1.1.1.1

          Wouldn’t split hairs with you on the semantics Bill but yes maybe a Globalist perhaps more accurately a corporatist, definitely not a nationalist =- though possibly an Hawaiian

          • Bill 1.1.1.1.1

            It’s not mere semantics darkhorse. Internationalism has a very long history and is a term and idea firmly rooted in the left.

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    The bid is still under legal challenge which could rule the OIO approval invalid , for a second time.

    Interestingly the sale to iwi offer was conditional on them withdrawing from the legal action. Could they have wanted to lock them into buying the milk as well so they were glorified sharemilkers ?

    Chinas milk production is twice that of New Zealand just out of interest. And Chinas production is half that of India.
    If they wanted security of supply of a insignificant food product you think they would be paying us to show them how…. oops Fonterra tried that which ended with dead babies

  3. bbfloyd 3

    “national going to have to give us some bloody good reasons for voting it down”… They’ve gotten away with using specious bullshit for the last four years…. what is going to be different this time?

    Is the news media going to actually report this accurately? Or are we just going to get more of the obsequious cheerleading going on now?

  4. I hate to point this out but… the sixteen dairy farms consist of an area the size of Hamilton, comprising of around 7892 Hectares. The two Bennydale farms are 1687 Hectares and the Taharua Road, Rangitaiki farm on the Napier Taupo Highway is 1751 hectares. So that’s 3438 Hectares or 43.5% of the total land area Shanghai Pengxin apparently purchased for $210. Therefore the actual price equivalent to what Shanghai Pengxin is believed to have paid for the three farms in question is $91.35 million, well above the amount offered.

    • McFlock 4.1

      land valuing isn’t my area, but it would depend on the development and use of the land, not just the total area. e.g. how much of them are gorse or native bush?

      • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1.1

        The iwi, who would have their own valuation from their attempts to buy it off the bank, seem to have that number allready

  5. fender 5

    Makes Pita Sharples look rather silly after his trip to China performing impromptu haka etc. declaring Shanghai Pengxin partnership a good thing, a 180 degree change to his earlier stance. He was on the 6 oclock news stating how Maori were to be given some of the farmland back. Guess he was severly mistaken and a huge rise in the cost was somehow lost in translation.

    • prism 5.1

      Don’t sneer at Pita Sharples. Maori are attempting to grow their bit of the economy and though we don’t like some Chinese moves we including Maori have to keep talking and trying to advance business projects.

  6. tracey 6

    be warned this is what will happen if a new govt wants to buy back the energy companies, in a couple of short years, notwithstanding GFC and recession the price will have risen enormously.

    • The government can buy the assets back at what ever price it wants to pay. It is the government it makes the rules. Rule making can work two ways for the people or against the people =- presently they are working against us. That must change.

      These sales are theft not just of an community asset but of a cornersrtone of our nation’s future.

  7. Bill 7

    A private land owner attempting to convert land ownership into as much money as possible? Who’d ‘av thunk it?

    Oh yeah that’s right. Only every other land owner of the past couple of hundred years or so is all. (And that’s a very generous 50% approximation)

  8. Spam 8

    I’m sure Michael Faye’s consortium had purely altruistic motives, and would not have tried to sell any of the farms, instead donating them to charity.

  9. Macro 9

    “National’s going to have to give us some bloody good reasons for voting it down.”

    James, when has “reason” ever been a motivation for action by this crowd??

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  • Minister can’t wash hands of illegal KiwiSaver investments
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    3 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
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    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
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    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Government railroading Maori Land Bill through
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    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents
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    4 days ago
  • Time has come for state apology on abuse
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    4 days ago
  • It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away
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    4 days ago
  • Lessons from the Future of Work Commission: Building Wealth from the Ground Up
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    4 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
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    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
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    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey
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    5 days ago
  • Gun laws creaking under the strain
     Questions have to be asked  after surprising revelations at the Law and Order Select Committee about the police and their ability to manage the gun problem in New Zealand, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “The lack of resources is ...
    5 days ago
  • Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
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    5 days ago
  • Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
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    5 days ago
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    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Just 8 per cent of work visas for skills shortages
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    6 days ago
  • Hard won agreement shouldn’t be thrown away
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    6 days ago
  • National’s privatisation Trojan horse
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    6 days ago
  • Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
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    6 days ago
  • Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
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    6 days ago
  • Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
    The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
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    7 days ago
  • Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
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    7 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
    The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Slash and burn of special education support
    Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
      Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
    1 week ago
  • Maritime Crimes Bill – balancing security and free speech
    Parliament is currently considering the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, which would bring New Zealand up to date with current international rules about maritime security. The debate around the Bill reflects two valid issues: legitimate counter-terrorism measures and the right to ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    2 weeks ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    2 weeks ago
  • Teachers’ low wages at the centre of shortages
      Figures that show teachers’ wages have grown the slowest of all occupations is at the heart of the current teacher shortage, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  In the latest Labour Cost Index, education professionals saw their wages grow ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s Tax Law undermines common law principles
    A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government slippery about caption funding
      The Government has refused to apologise for taking the credit for funding Olympic Games captioning when the National Foundation for the Deaf  was responsible, says Labour’s spokesperson on Disability Issues Poto Williams.  “This shameful act of grandstanding by Ministers ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Default KiwiSaver investments should be reviewed
    The investments of the default KiwiSaver providers should be reviewed to make sure they are in line with New Zealanders’ values and expectations, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Most New Zealanders would be appalled that their KiwiSaver funds are ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New ministry should look after all children
    The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.  “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
    Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
    Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Ratification okay but we need action
    Today’s decision to ratify the Paris agreement on Climate Change by the end of the year is all well and good but where is the plan, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Government’s failure to plan is planning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
    Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
    2 weeks ago

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