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Information on Investing in NZ 

Whether you are considering buying an investment, land or business opportunity, or other property in New Zealand, the information contained in this section will help you with your research. New Zealand is a wonderful place to invest and to live, and the sections below have more detailed information and insight on important aspects of life and business in NZ.

Please Contact Us if you would like to explore what we can do to help.  We can help you find great business opportunities in a number of New Zealand's major cities, and we also have expertise in buying land and farms as well.  Click the titles below for specific information about New Zealand.

 

Sustainability & Technology

Sustainability & Technology in New Zealand

The NZ goverment has invested greatly in making sure New Zealand is a sophisticated, highly technologically aware nation and has one of the highest investments in information technology as a proportion of GDP in the world.

Much of the sustainable innovation investments are in niche projects instead of areas such as solar technology that are already greatly adopted globally.  Much of the reason behind the lack of government support of "household sustainability" are niche large projects which are being tested with the aim of capturing some of the global market. In Feb 2013, The Government awarded $4.7 million to a project that turns sewage and organic waste into resources such as energy, and fertiliser. Much of the innovation New Zealand has developed is used as test cases for the world stage to adopt.

One of the sustainablity goals is to focus on decreasing energy intensity, coupled with low carbon economic growth, to create opportunities for enabling technology and cost saving.  There are many opportunities for new investors. Like all countries the demand for engineers and technology experts to drive innovation is in huge demand globally. However New Zealand is fast becoming a testing ground for market adaption of new products and engineered ideas provided for the end consumer. Emerging markets are a growth area for New Zealand. Developing targeted strategies for these markets can help capitalise opportunities.

New Zealand has relied greatly on its clean green image, and  tourists will be impressed. However, New Zealand is fast becoming an excellent location for clinical trials research and development for new biomedical products. In fact, world-class companies and investors active in biotechnology and information and communications technology (ICT) are already clustering here to research and develop technology, and explore commercial collaborations.

Science testing in GE meat and forestry production is a consumer worry, but so called opportunists see it as a solution to food shortages globally.

We are keen to discuss your investment objectives - if you are looking for a purchasing agent to source opportunities within this sector  Contact Us.

http://organicnz.org.nz/

http://www.biotech.org.nz/d/SoilAndHealthAssociation/

http://www.gefree.org.nz/

http://www.sustainable.org.nz/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/cropping/8618860/Fears-over-treated-Aussie-tomatoes

http://www.nzembassy.com/

http://www.sustainabilitynz.org/

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/index.html

Climate Change

Climate in New Zealand

New Zealand's climate is dominated by two main geographical features: the mountains and the sea. New Zealand does not have a large temperature range, lacking the extremes found in most continental climates. However, New Zealand's weather can change unexpectedly—as cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in. Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 - 30ºC and in winter between 10 - 15ºC. If you are considering investing in New Zealand for lifestyle choices there are locations ideal for snow skiing and others for surfing and water-sports, and everything in between.

New Zealand, according to current scientific thinking will not suffer from the effects of global warming to the extent other countries will. Quite the contrary, New Zealand is expected to become the wine producing area of the southern hemisphere due to a small increase in average temperatures. While we face these things as a global family, in New Zealand we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of these future global changes.  The last three seasons (2011-2013) we have had mild winters throughout the country .  At higher elevations winter snow fall  is responsible for a great  ski experience. Each part of New Zealand has its opportunities to introduce new  products to market due to its innate ability to develop it's changing agriculture. The temperate climate also gives us the great advantage of no hurricanes as these phenomenon remain in the tropical areas. We have adequate rain for  agricultural production without the widespread floods endemic in other parts of the world. New Zealand is truly blessed with no real extremes of climate, although there  is the ability to snow  ski and surf on the same day due to the proximity of all it's natural  beauty.

Engaging a buyers agent for sourcing investment within New Zealand is a excellent idea please Contact Us.

   

Quick References:

http://www.tourism.net.nz/new-zealand/about-new-zealand/weather-and-climate.html#climate

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_maximum

http://www.climatechange.govt.nz/

http://info.geonet.org.nz/category/eq

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate/effects-impacts-may04/html/page6.html

http://www.climatechange.govt.nz/physical-impacts-and-adaptation/

Business & Trade

Business in New Zealand

New Zealand's stable economy and political system, reputation for innovation and the ease of doing business make it an attractive place to invest.

New Zealand is recognised globally as being a safe place to invest and do business.

It ranks first in the world for:

Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International continued to rank New Zealand Number 1 for honesty and integrity in its public sector in 2012, the seventh year in a row the country was either first or first equal in the Corruption Perceptions index.

New Zealand has a strong banking sector that weathered the global economic crisis well. The parents of the four largest banks are Australian-owned and are all in the top 21 of the Global Finance World's Safest Banks index.

 

New Zealand has the reputation for its ease of doing business and property ventures and is an attractive place to invest.  It has a stable and free market economy, has a relatively small population size and is geographically isolated – which encourages innovation.  New Zealand relies largely on its primary and tertiary sectors and currently it is experiencing economic growth which is due primarily to its agriculture, infrastructure, and tourism.

The New Zealand Government collects statistical information about commerce and trade.

To find reports and for more information check out Statistics New Zealand and The Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

When investing in New Zealand it is paramount you have a registered real estate agent as a buyers agent able to explore business and property opportunities.

If you are interested in property or investments for sale in New Zealand then please Contact Us.

For more information on the New Zealand Economy go to:

NZTE | New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

http://www.nzte.govt.nz/en/

Politics

Politics in New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has 120 members, although this can vary depending on the outcome of the electoral process.  Parliament terms are set at three years. Whichever party (or combination of parties) wins the most seats at the general election becomes the Government. For most of its history, a first past the post system was established, but in 1994 the country adopted mixed member proportional representation (MMP).  Our political system is stable and supportive of people looking at investing in New Zealand.

Many New Zealanders feel they would like to see the MMP system changed due to the lack of influence many parties have to make relevant changers that reflect the peoples represented vote.

National and Labour represent the two major parties.  The National governing party is run by John Key, a businessman who was brought up by his Jewish mother who came to New Zealand poor but with a high work ethic.  After a failed business attempt instead of choosing bankruptcy she chose a commitment to pay back everyone she owed. John worked in share market trading overseas before returning to NZ to be voted in as our prime minister.

Maori land from the 1900’s to the present has been a hot topic in regards to treaties being unsatisfactory.  This is because for Maori, the traditional Maori society did not have a concept of absolute ownership of land. Often a Māori chief would allow Europeans to settle on a piece of land in exchange for goods, but did not imagine that this meant granting them absolute ownership. Instead Maori saw it as a transfer of particular rights, while their own rights remained untouched. Much of the government land has been given over to Maori over the last decade along with special privileges to compensate for Maori loss.

Taxes in New Zealand are not as complicated as other parts of the world and this makes investing in our country more straightforward.  New Zealand is considered to have higher tax rates than Australia on an individual level and business level. New Zealand doesn’t have capital gains tax so most New Zealanders are property savvy and use this to leverage against high prices, taxes and support an ideal lifestyle.

The healthcare in New Zealand enforces all tax payers to pay against accidental mishaps including medical mishaps.  This means that individuals do not sue companies for accidental harm and it also allows every person including tourists to be treated to care if an accident has occurred.

Trade and Enterprise focus has been to establish relationships with China.  Up until last year Australia was the largest buyer of NZ goods. Now it is China,  due to our free trade agreement which has allowed more investment into the Agriculture sector, and Science and Technology.  At present we continue to export quality meat and dairy products into China.

China opens doors not only to New Zealand exporters but also allows foreign companies to enter the Chinese market more easily by basing themselves in New Zealand. New Zealand is a great place to test the market before heading to others. One, because it simulates a small western country, Two our population is low meaning it simulates a market down turn, Three, by cheaper means you can establish in the market.  Euro vs Dollar ratio. In theory. If you make it in NZ you can make it big in the US. For example NZ was the first country to adopt Driver ID, First to adopt specific insurance policies and other initiatives.  Many large international companies use NZ for testing purposes.

If you are considering investing in NZ then please Contact Us and lets discuss your requirements and opportunities.

http://fta.mofcom.gov.cn/english/index.shtml

http://tppinfo.org/

http://www.ird.govt.nz/

http://beehive.govt.nz/release/47-million-boost-world-leading-recycling-project

http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/05/nz_vs_australia_tax_rates.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_New_Zealand

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_system_of_New_Zealand

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/land-ownership/page-1

Culture

Culture in New Zealand

New Zealand is a geographically isolated Pacific Island and is comparatively recently settled by humans.

 In the past New Zealand’s culture was predominantly Maori interwoven with the British and European customs that came with the settlers approximately 200 years ago.  Maori voyagers reached New Zealand some time before 1300.

 A small population meant co-operation was vital for survival so artificial class structures became irrelevant and remain that way today. New Zealanders also value teamwork and their sense of equality and fairness led it to be one of the earliest countries to grant women the right to vote.

 More recently, New Zealand culture has been expanded by globalization and immigration from thePacific Islands, South and East Asia and European and Māori remain the two largest ethnic groups.

 The population is now culturally diverse and overall an educated, developed Western society. Having a reputation for acceptance and fairness, the people have absorbed the values of many cultures, fashions and lifestyles of the world.  This combination means their identity is multicultural, vibrant and unique. Many citizens prefer to minimise ethnic divisions, simply calling themselves New Zealanders or Kiwis.

 The people are largely sophisticated in business, educated and many have a reputation for individualism, independence and inventiveness which they call ‘kiwi ingenuity’. The low population density means people are surrounded by spectacular scenery, have a love for the outdoors and appreciate the natural environment.

 Hiking, a trip to the beach, or a bush walk is typical and with so much coastline, it is natural that New Zealanders love the water and enjoy water-sports.  Rugby is the most popular spectator sport in New Zealand and there is a great natural pride in our successful rugby, netball and yacht racing teams.

 New Zealanders have embraced the global economy and the latest technology, linking them to each other and the rest of the world like never before. Per head of population, New Zealanders are some of the highest mobile phone and Internet users in the world. They also read the most newspapers.

Employing a purchasers specialist such as a buyers agent means they are educated within the business culture and are well networked in providing rare opportunities within the New Zealand economy

 Tourism New Zealand is a useful website for more information about New Zealand http://www.tourismnewzealand.com/

 References:

1&2. Wikipedia. (2013). Culture of New Zealand. Retrieved from URL

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_New_Zealand

Retail & Tourism

Retail & Tourism in New Zealand

The global retail sector has changed slowly over the last decade and New Zealand is no exception. The internet has allowed access to a much more competitive world.  New Zealanders  at heart are resourceful and have always strived to be competitive on the world stage by offering unique or specific products.  Because of the uniqueness of these products in general much value is placed on skilled advertising. The overseas marketplace is secured by New Zealand through clear communication of our ideas and good promotion. Based on consumer patterns for many products we know that generally by nature New Zealanders are bargain hunters who will choose a bargain over quality.  There are of course exceptions and this behaviour is changing.  Kiwis are also patriotic and will buy local when they can as there is more awareness of the economic cost to our country from buying overseas goods.

The hottest 7 categories worth investing in, which are poised to boom even more in the next decade, are:

  1. Health & Wellness: Wellness is at the top of most retailers' lists for must-have products for their customers. From muscle-building foods and foods that help with brain function. With the boomer population continuing to grow quickly, these are desirable products. Gluten and lactose free products continue to become more readily available and affordable.
  2. Automobiles: More hybrid and electric vehicles are dotting the landscape. With petrol prices rising, these types of cars will continue to attract customers. With prices dropping, they will become more affordable to many, as well.
  3. Robotic Products: Consumers are looking for ways to provide remedies for household chores and unique entertainment. Look for these “personal” robots to come on the scene - especially those that collaborate with your tablets and smartphones.
  4. Baby Boomer Products: This is and will continue to be a fast growing category as the first wave of baby boomers that turn sixty in the western world will be in the tens of millions. This group continues to demand more relevant products that keep them looking and feeling young. From technology products to seeking magnification products, items that amplify sound, and technology items such as sleep assistive devices that help people to fall asleep easier.
  5. Video Game Apps: Fox News predicted that this market would surpass the 20 billion dollar mark for the consoles and software alone. There is no question of the growth and value of apps, as well as opportunities for investing in these technologies.
  6. Solar Products: Solar continues to grow rapidly as cleaner smarter energy options are needed. From solar watches to cell phone chargers, consumers should react favourably to these convenient and environmentally sensitive products.
  7. Consumer Electronics:  The Consumer Electronics Association says smart phones (web access), tablet PC’s, and flat screen TV’s will continue to be popular while decreasing in price. Creating accessories for these items such as protective covers and customized “skins” will continue to be in demand according to retail buyers.

Tourism is one of New Zealand's largest export industries, second only to the dairy industry in terms of foreign exchange earnings. It directly employs 6.2 per cent of the New Zealand workforce and indirectly employs a further 3.4 per cent.

In total, around one in 10 working New Zealanders is employed in the tourism industry and it has the potential to improve the economies of communities around the country from Northland to Bluff in the south.


The Australian market provides nearly 450,000 holiday visitors per year generating a total of 4.9 million holiday stay days. Total tourism expenditure accounts for $1.6 billion NZD. (source: International Visitor Survey - YE March 2013). Fuelled by a strong economy, its proximity and an appetite for international travel, Australia will continue to be essential to New Zealand's tourism industry.

China's continued economic strength and growing middle-class saw sustained growth in Chinese visitor arrivals to New Zealand during 2012, which has continued into 2013. Increased air capacity from the two direct carriers China Southern Airlines and Air New Zealand has helped this trend.

Tourism New Zealand's marketing in China targets consumers who are aware of New Zealand, and are already considering travelling to our country. The 100% Pure New Zealand campaign is central to this strategy, and promotes the amazing experiences available within New Zealand to motivate travellers to book their trip. This is underpinned by substantial trade development programmes that work with providers in-market to package unique experiences for Chinese travellers to purchase.

Long been a favourite holiday destination for United States & British travellers, New Zealand's third-largest international tourism market in terms of visitor arrivals is China, and it is a market where there are real opportunities for growth in the long term.

To learn more about options for investing in NZ, please Contact Us.

Referance:

http://www.tourismnewzealand.com/developing-your-tourism-business/working-with-the-trade/trade-familiarisations/

http://www.retail.org.nz/

http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/RetailTrade/info-releases.aspx

http://www.consumer.org.nz/reports

http://www.startupnation.com/business-articles/9852/1/retail-trends-2013.htm

Agriculture

Agriculture in New Zealand

The New Zealand agricultural sector is unique in being the only developed country to be totally exposed to the international markets since subsidies, tax concessions and price supports were removed in the 1980s. Agriculture is New Zealand’s largest sector of the tradeable economy, contributing about two-thirds of exported goods in 2006-2007. The dairy industry alone contributes 26% of New Zealand’s merchandise export earnings.

Good News April 2013 Exports to China jumped 32 percent to $2.3 billion and imports rose 2.8 percent to $1.8b, outpacing trade with our nearest neighbour Australia, which took $2.2b of New Zealand's exports, down 7.3 percent, and sent $1.5b of its produce across the Tasman, down 5.3 percent.

Beef exports to the USA and Asia have been stable, while Beef exports to the Middle East and the European Union have dropped, the Pacific Islands have increased the New Zealand Beef they buy. Lamb exports to the following countries have greatly increased: USA, Asia, European Union and Middle East.

There are two views on the immediate future of New Zealand agriculture. One is that, due to fast-rising consumer demand in India and China, the world is entering a golden age for commodities, and New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of this with so much farm land and productive agriculture. The other view is that New Zealand will only gain limited rewards from this boom because of increasing production competition from developing countries. For New Zealand to remain competitive, farmers will either have to intensify production to remain commodity producers (increasing stock and fertiliser per hectare) or, instead, become producers of higher value, more customised products for sale.

If you would like to explore options to buy land or farms in New Zealand then please Contact Us. In some cases we are aware of good properties for sale before they are publicly advertised.

 Quick References:

  • http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/agriculture-horticulture-forestry/info-releases.aspx
  • http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/Carving_Rules-Important_Consumers.htm
  • http://www.nzte.govt.nz/en/export/
  • http://beeflambnz.com/Documents/Information/Export%20region.pdf
  • http://meatexportnz.co.nz/tag/statistics-nz/
  • http://www.godairy.co.nz/the-big-picture/facts-and-figures
  • http://www.dcanz.com/about-nz-dairy-industry/dairying-today
  • http://www.nzxfutures.com/dairy/market_info
  • http://www.3news.co.nz/China-becomes-NZs-biggest-export-market/tabid/421/articleID/295647/Default.aspx
  • http://www.agrihq.co.nz/article/record-milk-flows-could-not-last?p=7
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture_in_New_Zealand
  • http://www.mpi.govt.nz/

Horticulture

Horticulture in New Zealand

New Zealand Horticulture – Sustainable Success

Our largest export destination continues to be Asia, with around a third of our total value from horticultural exports to that region. Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea each receive more than $100 million of our horticultural exports each year, particularly fresh fruit. These markets will continue to demand more from our horticultural sector in coming years, as demand and wealth increase…  Buying land in NZ for horticultural use continues to be a good option as we have such increasing demand from our neighbours in the Pacific Rim.

Source - Peter Landon-Lane, CEO, Plant & Food Research in 'Fresh Facts' is an annual document jointly published by Plant & Food Research and Horticulture New Zealand. The data booklet is a collection of industry measurements and financial figures from the New Zealand Horticulture Industry.

If you are considering buying land in NZ for horticultural or farming investments then please Contact Us.  As buyers agent we have a wealth of experience and the network to get you results.

 For more information and statistical data on New Zealand Horticulture please click here for the full report or go to http://www.freshfacts.co.nz/