Labour will look very closely at any Overseas Investment Office application to purchase Pakatoa Island if it is not bought by a Kiwi, says Labour’s Land information Spokesperson Stuart Nash.
“Pakatoa is an iconic island in the middle of Hauraki Gulf and the listing agent has said he is expecting strong interest from overseas. It would be a real shame if the island joined a growing list of iconic properties that were slipping out of Kiwi ownership.
News that Land Information New Zealand officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project, Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash says.
“It’s no wonder the Government is being secretive about work being done in this area. Labour has been calling on a register to be set up for some time. On the other hand National’s response has always been to claim a register is both unnecessary and xenophobic.
A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny Andersen at the Wadestown Veterinary Clinic, which after boundary changes is now in the electorate.