An upsurge in the number of wealthy Americans seeking New Zealand property is being linked to fears of a political or natural disaster.
The latest New Yorker magazine, in a long story about the super-rich making doomsday preparations, gives a high profile to New Zealand as a haven from any apocalypse.
Graham Wall Real Estate is handling five enquiries a week from rich Americans, up from one a week before Donald Trump began his campaign to be US president.
"Auckland, Waiheke, Queenstown are absolutely at the top of the hit list for these Americans," said partner Ollie Wall.
"Over the past six months it's certainly heightened hugely the interest that we're getting."
"Before the sort of Trump effect, as we call it, probably one [enquiry] a week, but in the last year we have done over $50m worth of business with Americans."
Mr Wall said it was clear they were nervous about the future and New Zealand was seen as safe.
The New Yorker quotes Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, recalling how he discovered New Zealand was a favoured refuge. A friend, hearing he was thinking of visiting New Zealand, asked whether he was getting "apocalypse insurance".
"Saying you're 'buying a house in New Zealand' is kind of a wink, wink, say no more", Mr Hoffman told the magazine.
But Ollie Wall said none of the Auckland real estate firm's US buyers had talked of making doomsday preparations.
"I was surprised to see it was a lot about almost doomsday preppers rather than people seeking new opportunities, because that's how it's generally explained to us," said Mr Wall.
However he expected the New Yorker article to trigger another upsurge of interest among Americans in property here.
Buyers see New Zealand as "safe and steady", he said.
"They are feeling uncertain about America, and not only America but the whole world at the moment."
Safe haven? They never heard of earthquakes then?
Crikey, shows you how informed the average doomsday prepper from the US is then. Missed the quakes and the insane leadership I guess.
Exactly my thoughts Rose. I've been pondering greatly since seeing this info again in past weeks ... are they those in the know who are going to be friends of the new establishment, or are they total ignoramuses who as you say have missed the fact of what's been going down here? Our new & closer friendship with their own ... the banking fraternity, the military presence, the weapons industry, Monsatan, haarp n chems etc etc. I've concluded there'll be a bit of both at the end of the day. THey might get more than they bargained for.
Hope they enjoy our summers.
You mean the 2 days of sunshine & no trails????
Hope they enjoy our summers .... LOL!!! And when were those Baza?
Even Trump donors are buying up land in NZ
Didn't the congressional delegation here in Feb 22 put it to John Key to open up the South Island for one million wealthy refugees and when Key declined they left and the earthquake happened? I seem to remember Ben Vidgen talking to Vinny Eastwood about this but haven't been able to find the clip yet.
Ben Vigden? I was talking to him just a Few days ago at Uncensored, as was Rose, and we directed him to the Con Trail to access our archives.
I'll contact Ben and see if he remembers anything about the Vinny interview.
Just heard back from Ben Vigden, here's his reply to your query LJF:
"Nope wasnt mentioned on my show with Vinny