The Herald reports:
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has claimed the world-famous Huka Lodge near Taupo has been sold to Chinese buyers and suggested Prime Minister John Key had a hand in smoothing the process.
Mr Peters made the claim during his state of the nation address on Auckland’s North Shore this afternoon.
“While you’re here media, let me tell you something, Huka Lodge has just been sold to the Chinese … and I want you to go and ask John Key what role you had in this?
“Was it not true, Mr Key, that you assured them `there won’t be a problem, we’ll smooth it out for you’.”
But Winston lied. Outraegously.
Huka Lodge says 100% false it has been sold to Chinese investors. Not on market.
— Brook Sabin (@BrookSabin) February 21, 2014
Any other political leader who made up a claim like this, and just flat out lied, would be crucified by the media. But Winston gets away with it. He lied that it had been sold. He lied that it was on the market, and he lied that the PM was involved.
Just as bad, he is doing his normal anti-Asian racism. I understand the current owner was born in Holland. Even if the sale was true, why is it okay for someone born in Holland to own Hula Lodge, but not someone born in China? Its racism.