If you are looking for a good place to invest, New Zealand, because of its products, its pure brand, its people and its proximity to Asia, is considered by many as being a great investment destination. So where are the best places to invest in New Zealand?
To understand this, we need to look at the `natural advantages’ that New Zealand enjoys as follows:-
1. Its Products
New Zealand is blessed with rich, fertile soil and a very temperate climate, and therefore you have a country that can grow almost anything. It is particularly noted for its ability to grow grass, and so it can produce agricultural products such as meat, wool and dairy products very cheaply, and without leaving a large carbon foot-print. In addition, it can grow a wide range of crops such as Kiwifruit, apples, stone fruit and in the drier areas such as Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, North Canterbury and Central Otago you can discover some great vineyards that are now producing world-class wines.
2. Its Pure Brand
New Zealand is known throughout the World for its `clean, green image’ and for taking a strong stand to protect this, often in the face of opposition from our trading partners… do you recall our stand-off against the United States as we refused entry of their nuclear-powered ships back on the 70’s? Of course this gives us a competitive edge when it comes to things like food production and tourism, but most of all, it’s a great place to live.
3. Its People
New Zealanders (they like to be called Kiwis) are entrepreneurial and love making or producing things. We are said to have a `number 8 wire’ mentality (Number 8 wire is used by New Zealand farmers as a means of `fixing things’ and getting them to work). That means that we can put our hands to almost anything (or at least try) with often limited means. I guess this attribute came from our original pioneers, many of whom were farmers.
4. It’s Proximity
New Zealand is right on the doorstep of Asia, which is the most-populated region in the World. The people in these fast-growing economies have a growing appetite for what New Zealand produces, namely our food products, as well as our spectacular tourist attractions. In addition to this, a number of our niche manufacturing and IT companies are looking to expand globally.
However, where New Zealand export businesses often fall down, is in the shortage of capital to grow these businesses to their full potential. Because of this, they are often unable to fully develop the processing and distribution chains in order to achieve the best prices for these products.
So this is where you may be able to play a part in the `New Zealand story.’ As a country, New Zealand recognises this need, and so it has a special Investor Category within its Immigration policy that may allow investors permanent residency status if they can demonstrate an ability and a willingness to invest in some of these New Zealand businesses.