Category Archives: Media releases

CAFCA congratulates Government – But Don’t Stop Now

The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) congratulates the Government for its moves this week to prevent strategic assets on sensitive land from being sold into foreign ownership. Our only question is “what took you so long?”

It’s been glaringly obvious for many months that the NZ public is up in arms at the prospect of Auckland Airport being sold overseas, be it to Dubai or Canada. And we expect to see these new overseas investment criteria used to block any renewed attempt by the Christchurch City Council via its holding company to sell the Lyttelton Port Company overseas. Continue reading

Christchurch City Council pressing on with selling Lyttelton Port Company? Quiet and ominous moves behind the scenes

The Keep Our Port Public (KOPP) coalition notes with alarm the fact that Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL), holding company for the Christchurch City Council’s trading assets, has been quietly buying up shares in the Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) and has passed the significant mark of 75% ownership. Continue reading

Mayor refuses Keep Our Port Public petitioners speaking rights at Council

The Keep Our Port Public coalition (KOPP) has recently closed a petition, which gathered nearly 3,000 signatures, calling on the Christchurch City Council not to sell any of the Lyttelton Port Company to Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd of Hong Kong or any other foreign or New Zealand company, and for the Council to commit to keeping the Port Company in 100% public ownership. Continue reading

KOPP lays complaints on proposed Port of Lyttelton sale

The Keep Our Port Public coalition, which is spearheading the campaign against the Christchurch City Council’s (temporarily thwarted) proposal to sell the Lyttelton Port Company to Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd of Hong Kong, has laid detailed complaints against the Council with both the Auditor-General and Ombudsman. Continue reading

Port Unions say Christchurch City Holdings needs to be reined in over Lyttelton debacle

The Maritime Union of New Zealand and Rail and Maritime Transport Union say an advertisement by Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) in New Zealand newspapers today shows the business arm of the Christchurch City Council is “in over its head.” Continue reading

Canterbury Government MPs need to translate their opposition to Lyttelton Port Sale into Government Action

Keep Our Port Public (KOPP) is delighted that a number of Canterbury’s Labour and Progressive MPs have come out with such a strong statement opposing the Christchurch City Council’s proposed sale of half of the Lyttelton Port Company to Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd of Hong Kong. Continue reading

Council just doesn’t get it – it’s our port, not theirs’

The Keep Our Port Public coalition is expecting a big turn out to its Monday April 10 meeting on why the port of Lyttelton should stay in public ownership.

Around 50 supporters of public ownership of the port picketed the Christchurch City Council office on Thursday morning, and most went in to hear the Council discuss the port sale issue. Continue reading