Should New Zealand land be sold to foreigners?
This question could mean either:
1. the sale of public land (e.g. rivers and beaches) to overseas businesses, or
2. the selling of private land (e.g. a house and section) to someone who is not from New Zealand.
We will be looking at the first meaning, a question which has been hotly debated in the lead up to the 2011 general election.
The selling of public land (or anything else owned by the New Zealand Government) is often called the "sale of state assets". The NZ Government Treasury website has a useful page explaining what is currently owned by the Government. It also includes a brief history of sales of state assets in New Zealand.
There are lots of newspaper articles with different viewpoints on the Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre (available through the EPIC databases.) Simply search for "asset sales new zealand" or "asset sales elections".
HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can log on to AnyQuestions.co.nz between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and one of the librarians can help you online.
HOT TIP: Check out our other entries on the New Zealand general election 2011.