Government approval for OceanaGold to purchase land near its Waihī mine disrupted an otherwise quiet business day.

OceanaGold senior community advisor Kit Wilson said he was aware a decision on the land purchase was coming, but he had not expected it yesterday.

The decision came after Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of Finance David Parker considered the applications under the Overseas Investment Act and recommended it be approved.

The application was first put before Associate Finance Minister David Clark and Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage, but it was turned down after Sage did not agree with her

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