Huka Lodge 'sale' an April Fool's joke
A prominent Right-wing Auckland councillor has apologised for an April Fool's Day joke in which he claimed the luxury Huka Lodge had been sold to a Chinese buyer.
Cameron Brewer's stunt followed claims earlier this year by NZ First leader Winston Peters who said he had proof the lodge was going to Chinese owners.
Brewer posted on his Facebook page claiming to have met the new owners who were planning to develop the lodge into a Kiwiana theme park and apartments.
Now he says it was a joke and that he had telephoned Huka Lodge general manager Kerry Molloy to apologise and issue a correction.
The Chinese people he was photographed with were guests at Huka Lodge who had asked to meet Brewer to discuss Auckland investment opportunities.
"It was an April Fool's Day joke," he said.
"I'm really sorry if this has put the cat among the pigeons again following Winston Peters' silly claims a while back."
Brewer, who has spent a good deal of time criticising Auckland Mayor Len Brown, said Huka Lodge had told him it is not for sale and the owners did not intend to sell.