SOE Minister Tony Ryall says those who pre-register for MRP float will get 25% more shares than those investors who don't pre-register

State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall has released more details for retail investors in the Mighty River Power float, including that those who pre-register for the float will receive 25% more shares than those who do not pre-register for the float.

The government kicked off its NZ$1 million advertising campaign for the NZ$1.8 billion float today, including launching a website called website and opening its 0800 number (0800 90 30 90). The website was not operating as of 10.20 am for my on my Telecom Wi-fi hot spot. It continued to be spotty for me in the following hour.

Respondents on my twitter feed also experienced problems with getting into the website to register. After 5 attempts to get in, I eventually got this response when trying to register: "Ajax error: 0 : Error: NETWORK_ERR: XMLHttpRequest Exception 101".

What experience are others seeing? Leave a comment below with your experiences.

Officials said the website would only be available to those on New Zealand IP addresses, although others from overseas reported on Twitter they could get through.

Elsewhere, Ryall told a news conference the NZ$2,000 threshold set yesterday beyond which retail investors would be scaled back was only a minimum.

That threshold could rise, depending on demand in the offer, Ryall said.

Asked why the threshold was not higher to start with, Finance Minister Bill English said the involvement of international institutional investors was needed to create the tension in the sale process to get the best price for the taxpayer for the sale of the 49% stake in the company worth NZ$3.6 billion at its last balance date.

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"There is a problem with this website's security certificate."
Not the best look fer starters.

Struggled a bit around noon but I filled in my details and got a reference number. I haven't got my confirmation email but you don't have to have an email address,

 Did it an hour problems.....I am going to be rich !!!!!

Got mine first go just after 3:00pm

This is what your buying into.Hahaha
Kiwi mum and dad investors duped again?
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Construction Details
Steel framed reinforced concrete walls. Galvanized steel frame windows, glazed with glass of at least 21oz per square foot. Flat concrete slab construction roof, caring load of 100lbs per square foot.Floors of reinforced concrete.

Similar to other major infrastructure projects, the design
life-span of the dam body is given as a time-span varying
between the concession period and typically 100 years.
Exert's from radio interview with Robert Courland-Author of Concrete Planet
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Your thoughts?

This from Tony Ryall this morning:
As at 8.30 this morning, 100,000 New Zealanders have pre-registered their interest in buying shares in the Government’s partial share offer of up to 49 per cent of energy company Mighty River Power.
State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall says there’s been strong interest in the pre-registration website and at times the response had been huge.
The website:, was set up to provide information to New Zealanders keen to register their interest in the share offer.
“This compares with the ten days it took for pre-registration to reach the 100,000 mark with the Contact Energy share offer in 1999.
“There is plenty of time before pre-registration ends on 22 March – and there is no advantage in pre-registering earlier.”
New Zealanders who pre-register will receive an offer document as soon as it’s ready, and may be allocated up to 25% more shares than people who do not pre-register, if demand for shares exceeds shares available.
New Zealanders wanting information on pre-registration should visit:   or call 0800 90 30 90.
New Zealanders wanting more information can visit the website:

That's incredible, it must be drawing thousands of investors who have never touched equities before. A real boost for the NZX. Hopefully we all end up with more than 3 shares each.

Yup, got into the site last night, registered and all went smoothly.
It's the div flow from utilies that's the hook here, chaps and chapesses.  Not the price per, as such. Think Marylebone Station on the Monopoly board.
As an old economics lecturer of mine used ter say:
"Monopolies are Very Bad Things.  Unless you happen to Own one."

FYI from a reader via email:
I don’t know whether you have a forum to discuss this on your site, but would be interested in your thoughts on the following.
1.        The government have said individuals who apply will be guaranteed at least $2000 worth of the Mighty River Power.  Without a scale back being applied.
If more than 1 million kiwis come in at the $2000 level, we end up in a situation where 49% of MRP is valued upward of 2billion, which is most probably overvalued?
1.       Would the government step in and scale it back to a level closer to the correct market value?  Do they set a value/price range based on fundamentals?
2.       Or do they just let the market decide on the value, and accept an over inflated price and let the MRP float do a Facebook?
Or is this situation highly unlikely, are there going to be far less than 1 million people wanting to invest at that level?
Thanks and regards

1.       Would the government step in and scale it back to a level closer to the correct market value?  Do they set a value/price range based on fundamentals?
2.       Or do they just let the market decide on the value, and accept an over inflated price and let the MRP float do a Facebook?

A possible template:
Take a look at the historical Fonterra determined share price ($4.52) - the expected issue price range ($4.60-$5.50) - and Fonterra Shareholder's Fund current price ($7.00) - your question may be answered.

I guess their promise not to scale back below $2,000 was based on an assumption that there would be no more than 957,950 applicants. If this number is exceeded, they will have several choices: (a) scale back below $2,000; (b) sell the 49% of the company at a price that is higher than the last valuation; (c) sell more than 49%! :-)