“..But it’s the potential sale of Lochinver Station – on one of its tributaries – that brought Norman here.
The 14,000 hectare station is being sold to Shanghai Pengxin – in a $70 million deal that still requires the approval of the Overseas Investment Office.
The company – which bought the neighbouring Crafar dairy farms – intends to convert part of it to dairy.
That makes the river a flashpoint for two key planks of Green Party policy:
– freshwater protection and foreign land ownership.
And in this case the potential buyer is from a nation that values food products from ‘clean green’ New Zealand –
– yet may end up polluting the very thing it treasures..”
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