(Bloomberg) New Zealand is seeking further information about allegations of sexual harassment against U.S. broadcaster Matt Lauer, who owns a large estate on the country’s South Island.
The Overseas Investment Office, the government agency that approves sales of land to foreigners, “is aware that allegations have been made in relation to Matt Lauer and that he is no longer working for NBC News,” Lisa Barrett, Deputy Chief Executive Policy and Overseas Investment, said in a statement. “We are discussing this with his representative and are seeking further information.”
In February, the office granted Lauer’s company Orange Lakes (NZ) Ltd. consent to purchase the Crown lease for Hunter Valley Station, a 10,800 hectare (27,000 acre) lake-side farm near Wanaka, a picturesque resort town in the south of the South Island. While financial details of the purchase were not disclosed, local media reported the property is valued at more than NZ$13 million ($9 million).
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