Former Prime Minister John Key said, at the start of the Level 4 Lockdown, that businesses should be concerned about their reputations.
The $88 million bid Shanghai Pengxin subsidiary, Pure 100 Farm Ltd was knocked back by Ministers Paula Bennett and Louise Upston in September, despite the Overseas Investment Office recommending it be approved.
Key told a China Business Summit in Auckland today said the two ministers didn't discuss the decision with anyone else and took the decision there wasn't enough (in it).
"Right or wrong you can read their decision, he said. But he said the decision was nothing to do with the politics of it.
He said if you wanted him to change the Overseas Investment Act to have more clarity "show me where we can get the numbers from because only ACT will support us".
"We are stuck with the Overseas Investment Act whether we like it or not."