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Concern over Chinese developers' million-dollar Northland resort

There are plans to turn part of Northland's stunning Karikari Peninsula into a hub for tens of thousands of Chinese visitors, but locals say there has been a lack of consultation over the development.

Karikari Peninsula in Carrington is set to be turned into a tourist hub. Source: 1 NEWS

Chinese developers who have purchased the Carrington Resort have Overseas Investment Office approval to buy a holiday campground as well, taking their spending to over $32 million.

A conference centre, restaurants, shops, movie theatre and swimming complex are potentially in the works from Shanghai Cred, plus a 850 room hotel.

The estate is owned by Gio Gui, with former Northland MP Mike Sabin appointed chief executive of the resort.

Locals are apprehensive about what the developments might mean for them.

"All I wanna see is make sure it's managed properly and we do get employment out of it and we don't just become second class citizens," Te Hiku ward councillor Colin Kitchen said.

Northland MP Winston Peters wanted to know how Mr Sabin's appointment came about.

"When the appointment of someone with no background experience in this place takes place I think it begs questions as to why... what was the involvement of national party MPs or John Key for that matter?" he said.

The Prime Minister says he had a brief meeting with representatives of Shanghai Cred, and that Mr Sabin's appointment was not discussed.

A ONE News' interview with the owners was cancelled.

The local hapu hasn't made a decision on whether they'll support the plan.

They say there's been very little consultation from the Chinese and they have concerns around the social and environmental impact.