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Foreign investors sold $1.15 billion worth of property in the same period. Private overseas investors made nine purchases, worth $144 million in total.
The highest price paid by a private overseas investor was $28 million for 10 Commerce St in downtown Auckland by a Chinese developer.
The site had resource consent for a 48-storey hotel and apartments.
The next highest was $25.4 million for X Gallery by a Chinese investor.
The gallery was in the former New Art Gallery on the corner of Lorne and Wellesley St, in central Auckland.
Other big buys included the Lumley House office block at 7 City Rd, in Grafton, Auckland, bought for $21.6 million by a Japanese investor, and 291 East Tamaki Rd, Otara - the site of transtasman food and coffee maker Cerebos Greggs - for which an Australian investor paid $17.5 million.