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NZ South Island Opportunities

New Zealand is full of different resources. New Zealand has some beautiful cities with various types of resources. One of the best cities is South Island. This city is a real attraction for the tourists. In every year, this city receives a lot of tourists from different countries. There are so many sectors which can be developed for the tourists. Geographically this is a perfect place to invest in various sectors. If you are looking for some areas of New Zealand, you should spend in this city. Here I am sharing some of the areas where you can invest without any doubt. You will receive a good ROI for sure.


Tourist Attractions
Tourism sector of South Island is the best way to start investing. There are so many places where every year people come to visit some amazing landscapes. You can invest on the resorts. Some of the resorts are developing newly, and they needed money. You can contact them to know if there is any chance to spend. Most of the resort will give you a particular percentage of the amount of your invested money. Famous tourist attractions of South Island are sightseeing, adventure tourism, such as glacier climbing and Bungee jumping, tramping (hiking), kayaking, and camping. In every section, there is a good chance to invest. In the areas of these tourist attractions, you can invest in the bars, hotels, sports shops, souvenir shops, etc.


Transport
As a tourist city, South Island is also a good place to invest in the transportation. You can spend your money to bring some updated transport system. The South Island has a State Highway network of 4,921 km which is quite large. You could contact the local transport companies if they needed any investment. But if you want to invest for the new transports, you need to get the permit from the authority. For this, you can contact with some legal advisors to know about the rules of transport business.


Real Estate
Real State is another attractive sector for the new investment. There are so many companies in New Zealand. For real estate properties. You can find out some amazing places where you can purchase some land or apartments. You can build resorts for the tourists on your lands. If you are a foreigner and want to invest in the real estate sector, you need to fulfil some requirement at first. If you find the work complex, you can contact the local lawyers to make it easy.


Restaurant Business
The restaurant is always a good business for high ROI. You can invest for the new restaurants in South Island. You can set up a new restaurant in the tourist spots. You can contact with the landowners for setting up a new restaurant. Though there are already some popular restaurants in there, if you can bring some unique items, you can expect a good return on your investment.
 

African Investment and Trade: The Future

One would think that on seeing the economic scenario across the developing nations in Africa, investors could not be thinking about zeroing down on Africa as their next destination to strike a deal on investment or trade. Analysts tends to believe that people would rather wait for nations to stabilise before investment or trade will follow. This is a complete misrepresentation of the majority of African states. There are plenty of stable African states that are able to be dealt in straight away and our Gravis Global Invest team are here to help!

Immediately there are 5 major types of trade and investment opportunities on the continent.

These are:

Agriculture: ranking among the business opportunities available to investors and entrepreneurs in Africa, the continent is home to 60% of the world's total uncultivated arable land. As the world's population is now above 7 billion, there must be a systematic approach for producing enough food to feed that many mouths. The challenge in this case has to do with poor connecting infrastructure to facilitate product making it to exit points to enter into markets.  There are also moves with a number of nations to remove trade barriers as well. This allows for agricultural development to support other 'flow on' industries such as fertilisers, pesticides, seeds production and processing and refining businesses.

Infrastructure: this sector is second in importance only to agriculture for investment. Though successive African governments have made efforts to improve infrastructure, a huge deficit in this sector still looms thereby creating bottlenecks in the smooth delivery of trade and investment deals. The World Bank in 2008 estimated that the continent needed US$80Billion annually to cover the infrastructure deficit on the continent. This provides an opportunity for private investors to invest in Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) or Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) deals with governments, especially for infrastructure such as airports, electricity networks, railway networks, roads and airport facilities.

Tourism: Kenya, Mauritius and Tanzania have become some of the worlds favourite tourism spots. There have been estimates that up to 50 million tourists per year coming through the continent since 2012 with that number rising year to year. This creates side markets that become investment ready in hotels, resorts, airline business, transport businesses and tourism related tour activities. 

Mining: This is a sector that has been developed in some parts already and has large amounts of Chinese investment. Chinese companies have been buying the world's major miners out of their interests on the continent which is freeing them up to make new investment elsewhere. It also therefore means that there are large Chinese slabs of influence in this sector. There are however nations in the continent with under-developed mining industries where skills shortages and infrastructure shortages have lead to this underdevelopment. 

Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG): For the first time 2012 saw African consumer spending go past the one trillion dollars (US$1 trillion). With a population that is one of the fastest growing in the world, a middle class of over three hundred million (300 Million) people, the FMCG sector promises to very profitable in the years ahead. Food, beverages, home and personal care products provide an ample opportunity for new profits as the African middle class grows and expands in more countries on the continent. This is a market though that will work on a 'first come, first serve' basis and will lead to long term market dominance if done properly with a good market entry plan.

Wellington Startups. A new opportunity.

New-Zealand is one of the most business-friendly countries in the world. Because of enough resources in the country, there are so many startups are growing up. In New Zealand, you will get the maximum benefits as an entrepreneur. There are some cities in New Zealand which are playing a vital role to increase the startups in New Zealand. One of the most startup-friendly cities in New Zealand is the Wellington City. You will find almost any type of resource and support which you needed to start a small business.

In Wellington, you will find so many industry leaders; they will encourage you and provide you the proper guidance for your business growth and success. This is not a big city, and the population is fewer, but the environment is perfect for the startups. The best part of Wellington city is the business and start up community. Managing a business load is so much easy in this city if you have a fabulous idea. The only thing you need to do is generate a decent idea and make a proper plan for the implementation.

Why are Start Up Companies Growing at Wellington?

Startup Community: There is a startup community in Wellington which is a network of collaboration which is significantly helpful for new startups. They also celebrate startup weekend where they arrange entrepreneur’s events. There is a chance to meet with the influencers. That means, there are opportunities to share experience with the real entrepreneurs. Also, have web stock which is an annual technology conference with international guests.

Supportive: As an entrepreneur, I love the supportive people of this city. When you are a new entrepreneur and going to start a new small business, you needed care from different types of individuals. That is why Wellington is the best place to initiate the business. There is a wide range of organizations, and they arrange boot camp and other business related conference for the newbies. Sometimes you also need some financial support to carry on your business, and some organizations have made this process easier. 

Startup Programs: In Wellington, there are so many incubator and accelerator programs arranges in all the time of a year. This is a perfect way to gain some knowledge for your future business. Here you will learn where to invest and where you shouldn’t spend. You will learn the basic things of the advanced stuff. Successful entrepreneurs share their success stories, and they also share the things which they have considered to start the business. Another thing which I love a lot is the networking probabilities. Maybe you will be able to arrange a good investment on your idea, or you will get a partner who knows some basic things about your idea better than you.

Without the above reasons, there are also some other opportunities which you will love a lot. If you have an excellent idea and you are confident enough, plan to start your business in Wellington in New Zealand for the maximum success. 

For all of your market access and entry strategy needs, click here to get in touch with the Gravis Global Invest team today!

 

 

Foreign Investment in New Zealand

With the scrutiny on foreign investment here in Australia, it would also be worth noting that New Zealand is undergoing a similar conversation about foreign investment in the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'. 

In New Zealand, this has been largely triggered by big investments into two sectors; Housing (particularly in Auckland) and into the famous Dairy Industry. KPMG found Canada accounted for 22 percent of overseas investment in 2013-2014.

China - though by far the biggest foreign player in the dairy sector - was second on overall investment with 14 percent, followed by the US (13 percent) and Australia (11 percent). The US was the biggest buyer of land in that period.

The report, Foreign Direct Investment in New Zealand: Trends and Insights is the second of its kind by KPMG and is based on Overseas Investment Office (OIO) decisions over the last two years. To read that report click here.

The issue of housing investment into the New Zealand housing market has become a big issue in New Zealand politics. This has caused the Key Government to introduce a suite of restrictions on foreign home buyers as fears rise about the effect of this investment on home prices, especially in places such as Auckland. 

In May 2016,  Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) released data which showed that 474 out 11,955 houses sold between January and March in 2016 went to non-residents.

Of the sales to foreign buyers, 276 houses went to Chinese residents. The next biggest investors were Australians, with 45 properties.

Across all of New Zealand, 3 per cent of houses sold between January and March went to people who were not New Zealand citizens or holders of a residency, student or work visa.

Chinese tax residents snapped up 321 of those properties (29.5 per cent of non-resident purchases), followed by Australians on 312 properties (28.6 per cent).

However, fears around loss of sovereignty and suspicion around the motives of Chinese buyers are prompting a rise in protectionist politics; from One Nation and the Greens on the right and the left of Australian politics and New Zealand First on New Zealand's right and the Greens on New Zealand's left. 

A large number of investments do not need approvals beyond the normal legislative business framework for New Zealand-based companies.

The Overseas Investment Act 2005 regulates the acquisitions by overseas entities of 25 percent or more ownership or control of interests of sensitive New Zealand land and significant business assets.

However, just as Australia has an independent Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), New Zealand has regulatory arrangements as to what needs higher 'testing' from government. These tests are unique to the growing economic circumstances New Zealand faces. New Zealand has seen as massive growth in its economy since John Key came to power after a long term of Helen Clark as New Zealand's Labour Prime Minister. 

These three tests are:

  • sensitive land (eg farm land, historical landmarks, regional parks)
  • significant business assets (eg New Zealand securities or assets, or the establishment of a business, worth more than $100 million)
  • fishing quota (an interest in fishing quota or securities in a person that owns an interest in fishing quota).

However, this is balanced by an efficient Department of Trade and Enterprise that can assist with investment into New Zealand successfully. 

Some of the services NZTE can provide include:

  • supplying general and customised reports on New Zealand investment opportunities, costs and regulatory processes for your investment
  • facilitating your visit to New Zealand by identifying potential investment targets and arranging suitable meetings, including introductions to other contacts in New Zealand (eg regional economic development agencies) that could support your investment
  • facilitating the selection of suitable sites for your investment project
  • helping coordinate your investment, including providing information and facilitating access to other Government assistance programmes, and helping to remove potential obstacles
  • providing information about potential New Zealand-based advisors or suppliers for your investment project

With our team having extensive dealings with New Zealand Government agencies, we are perfectly placed to assist investors in their regulatory engagement with New Zealand. If you would like to talk further, please click on the button below.

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland Visa Update Seminar

This event is part of the Queensland International Business Series – 10 – 21 October 2016.

Business and Skilled Migration Trade & Investment Queensland’s Business and Skilled Migration Department, in collaboration with Asialink Business, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand invite you to attend an informative workshop on Queensland State Nominated migration visas and the benefits for your clients.

Hear from an expert panel on changes relevant to Queensland’s State Nomination visas, as well as their insights on how professional services providers can work together to provide best advice to new business migrants to Queensland.

The distinguished speakers will discuss Queensland State Nomination visas, criteria changes, outcomes for your clients and how onshore and offshore migration agents can expand on their business knowledge with the support of local professional service providers.

This event will include a moderated Q&A with a panel of experts.

Registrations close Friday 14 October 2016.

PANELISTS

  • Moderated by Greg McKean, Manager – Business & Skilled Migration Queensland, Trade & Investment Queensland.
  • Glenn Ferguson AM – Managing Director, Ferguson Cannon Lawyers
  • Lisa Wilson – Senior Manager, International Executive Services team, KPMG
  • Murray Davis, Queensland Government Trade & Investment Commissioner for Taiwan

Gravis Global Invest team expands

In terms of international investment markets the African continent represents huge potential for a number of sectors. As such, Gravis Insights Australia will have an ever growing focus on the continent; not only in terms of helping African nations and businesses seek out new opportunities inbound to Australasia but also to assist outbound investors looking to Africa for opportunities.

As many of our clients know, we are specialists in terms of multicultural engagement and from there derives our connections in the global investment space.

For us at Gravis Insights Australia, we firmly believe that global investment is about two way exchanges of capital and intellectual property. Too often is there a narrow focus on either the inbound nature of investment or the outbound nature of trade but rarely both considered in a dynamic way; here at Gravis Insights Australia - we think a little differently about global investment strategies.

It is to this end that we are proud to announce two new members of our team and how their entrance into our team develops our long term vision for Gravis Global Invest.

We would like to introduce to the team Mr Bobby Whitfield. Bobby is a Queensland Multicultural Ambassador from 2013 and was the first ever person to receive this prestigious award from the Queensland Government Department of Multicultural Affairs under the Ministerial guidance of former LNP Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes

We look forward to working with Bobby on delivering international investment and trade deals from countries such as Liberia, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and other West African nations. 

Secondly, we would like to introduce Leila Abukar to the team. Leila is a long term friend of our team at Gravis Insights Australia. We assisted her and raised money for her failed bid for Yeerongpilly in the Queensland Election of 2015. Leila is now doing some great work for our good friends over at Access Community Services.  Leila holds significant connections in places such as Somalia, Djibouti, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Our Gravis Global Invest team continues to expand and this next stage delivers the full range of expertise and knowledge to help facilitate new deals between African nations and international investment interests. Furthermore, we will even be exploring the partnering of products and services from a number of African nations into the Pacific and into Asia. 

With Leila and Bobby's business and political connections on the continent, we know that these two wonderful additions to our team will deliver real results for our clients in Australia and abroad. 

NT Land Development Corporation

Following the landslide win of Labor which ended the CLP reign in control of the Northern Territory, the new cabinet has been sworn in. Under these ministerial arrangements, Deputy Chief Minister Hon Nicole Susan Manison MLA has been sworn in as the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics. 

This makes her the Minister responsible for the Land Development Corporation. The Land Development Corporation is the Northern Territory Government’s strategic land developer -  operating within industrial, commercial and residential sectors across the Northern Territory. This is the entity which investors need to engage with in order to pursue investment opportunities in the Northern Territory. 

We believe that there are massive strategic advantages to new investment opportunities in the Northern Territory, including investment climate and proximity to key Asian markets. 

The Land Development Corporation is focussing on two main strategic projects at this time. One is the Titlemaine Marine Park and the other is the Tiwi Islands. 

The Tiwi Land Council is working with the Land Development Corporation to support economic development on the Tiwi Islands by providing the private sector with investment opportunities. There are a range of development opportunities available via long term leases. The Land Development Corporation is seeking expressions of interest for developments on the Tiwi Islands.

Long term leases of up to 99 years will be available to suitable investors. The leases will be established on a commercial basis with a fair market value for rent. There are a range of business models that may be suitable including private ownership and a joint venture with Tiwi people.

There are a range of opportunities available on the Tiwi Islands including: 

  • Tourism and Residential
  • Aquaculture
  • Agriculture
  • Industrial

A significant benefit to investors is the support that can be provided by the Land Development Corporation, including interaction with Traditional Owners, assistance with Government process and technical advice.

The Titlemaine Marine Park is strategically located on premium waterfront land in the East Arm Logistics Precinct, the 150 hectare Marine Industry Park will establish an integrated marine services precinct that supports the Defence, oil and gas, coastal barging and logistics sectors.

 Within easy reach of key transport nodes including the East Arm Wharf, Marine Supply Base and the AustralAsia Rail Freight Terminal the MIP will position Darwin as a prime location for marine maintenance and servicing facilities in the region.

 The Marine Industry Park will drive economic growth and attract significant business and investment to the Northern Territory through delivery of land suitable for a variety of industrial and marine uses. Key activities supported by the Marine Industry Park include:

  • common user area
  • multi-user barge ramp
  • marine maintenance area
  • marine services area
  • marine logistics area
  • strategic industrial land.

For expert advice on pursuing investment options in the Northern Territory, please get in touch with the team at Gravis Global Invest today.