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Overseas Investment Office

Their role is to help realise the benefits of overseas investment, while protecting New Zealand’s sensitive land and asset. They assess applications from overseas people who want to invest in:

  • sensitive land
  • business assets worth over $100 million
  • forestry and forestry rights
  • residential land
  • fishing quota.

Most overseas people who are not residents cannot buy homes here. Certain overseas people can apply for OIO consent to buy one home and live in it. 

Information to buying or building a home to live in

They are part of Land Information New Zealand.


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