Embattled former MP Mike Sabin heads luxurious golf resort

Former Northland MP Mike Sabin has been appointed the new chief executive officer of Northland's luxurious Peppers Carrington Resort.

A Carrington Resort spokesperson confirmed Mr Sabin was appointed to the role two days ago.

The resort was recently bought by Chinese company Shanghai CRED for close to $29 million dollars and the new owners are planning to turn the resort into the biggest five star resort in the country, bringing in tens of thousands of Chinese tourists to the Karikari Peninsular each year.

Mr Sabin's appointment follows his resignation from Parliament amid what he said was "personal matters that are best resolved outside Parliament". It came amid claims Sabin was under investigation by police.

At the moment the resort only has 51 rooms but the new owners want to spend $360 million building 751 rooms.

A shopping and entertainment centre's also planned at the resort making it a "one stop" holiday destination.

"This is going to be the biggest tourist centre in New Zealand by twice," says Far North Mayor John Carter.

Despite some opposition, it's expected to bring jobs and dollars into an area that desperately needs it.

"If it really works out it could become the Port Douglas of New Zealand," says economist Oliver Hartwich.

Mike Sabin is the new general manager of Carrington Resort Source: 1 NEWS

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