AMP investment fund sells NZ$1 bln property portfolio

WELLINGTON, July 10 Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:13am EDT

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WELLINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) - New Zealand's biggest unlisted property investment trust said on Thursday it had sold a portfolio of 18 commercial and office buildings to Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board for more than NZ$1.0 billion ($881.7 million).

Among the properties being sold are two large retail centres in the biggest city Auckland, and a central city office block and shops in the capital Wellington.

The AMP Capital Property Portfolio (APP), part of the AMP Capital Investors funds management group, said the sale, which requires regulatory approval, reflected confidence in New Zealand's economy and property market.

"The vendors have realised their strategy to sell at a price that delivers value for investors, the purchaser is acquiring a quality, diversified property portfolio," said APP Chief Executive Stephen Costley in a statement.

AMP Capital will provide management services for the properties. ($1 = 1.1342 New Zealand Dollars) (Reporting by Gyles Beckford; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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