Wellington: In a political blunder Australians will find familiar, New Zealand’s opposition leader has gone on holiday in Hawaii while telling Kiwis he was at work back at home.
National Party leader Christopher Luxon travelled to Hawaii last week for a week-long family holiday during a parliamentary recess.
His social media said otherwise, with Luxon declaring in a video “Today I’m in Te Puke, the heart of kiwifruit country”.
In the clip, he meets with IT workers, shares a morning tea with community leaders, and describes a “special” automated logging process at a timber business.
“All in all, a fantastic day in Te Puke. I even got to sample some kiwifruit briefly. A wonderful, wonderful time,” he says.
On his return to parliament, he admitted his holiday, saying, “I went to Hawaii with my family as I tend to do in July”, and the discrepancy came as his “social media team released what I’m up to over a given week”.
The former Air New Zealand chief executive said he did not think he had misled Kiwis.
He also denied breaking COVID-19 public health advice by appearing in the clip unmasked throughout.