Ralston should hire a hot german fraulein

Natural Dairy got the flick from the OIO and the minister in charge, but at the same time as Winston, and all the pinkos were frothing about Chinese investment in farms the Germans bought the farm/s. Well not the Crafar farms but certainly a whole lot of farms.

German investors have splashed out more than $100 million in a month buying thousands of hectares of dairying land in the South Island.

The Overseas Investment Office published its decisions yesterday on the sale of sensitive farmland during December. In the middle of the same month that it approved 3314 hectares of dairy and dairy-conversion land for sale to German buyers, the office was directed by Finance Minister Bill English to start using two new tests with “high relative importance”.

However, the tests took effect only from January 13, and would not have affected many of the latest sales because they involved blocks of less than 1720ha.

Together, the assets amount to just under half the size and value of the 16 Crafar farms in the North Island, which are under offer from a Shanghai conglomerate.

It seems that we have institutional racism when it comes to overseas investment and hysterical sensationalist reporting by the MSM to go with it. Chinese money isn’t good enough but Kraut loot is just fine.

Bill Ralston should get a hot german fraulein to front Natural Dairy and break down the purchases into smaller lots, then there should be no problem whatsoever.

In the meantime could we please have some sensible discussion over investment by foreign nationals without resort to xenophobic tosh.

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