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Luxon's social media suggested he was working in Te Puke - he was actually overseas on holiday

Author
Thomas Coughlan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 26 Jul 2022, 11:11am
National Party Leader Christopher Luxon was overseas on holiday during the winter recess, despite social media posts suggesting he was in the country. Photo / Marty Melville
National Party Leader Christopher Luxon was overseas on holiday during the winter recess, despite social media posts suggesting he was in the country. Photo / Marty Melville

Luxon's social media suggested he was working in Te Puke - he was actually overseas on holiday

Author
Thomas Coughlan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 26 Jul 2022, 11:11am

National Leader Christopher Luxon has admitted he took an overseas holiday during Parliament's three-week winter recess - while posts on his Facebook page made it look as though he was visiting regional New Zealand.

The posts, on his official social media accounts, suggested Luxon was spending the recess connecting with parts of heartland New Zealand.

On June 21, a post on Luxon's Facebook page showed him saying "provincial towns like Te Puke" were "the backbone of New Zealand" and discussing issues like skill shortages that were taking the region and the country backwards.

"I love getting out into the regions to explore places like Te Puke," the Facebook post read.

While the text of the post did not say Luxon was in Te Puke on that particular day, the video attached to the text said that Luxon was.

"Today I'm in Te Puke, the heart of Kiwifruit country," Luxon told viewers.

Instead, Luxon left that day for an overseas holiday with his family. He was actually in Te Puke a week earlier.

Christopher Luxon's social media suggested he was in New Zealand. Photo / Facebook

Christopher Luxon's social media suggested he was in New Zealand. Photo / Facebook

"I went to Hawaii with my family," Luxon said today.

He said he usually goes in July.

He did not think his social media was misleading.

Luxon spent the first week of the three-week recess in Singapore, Ireland and the UK on a work trip. The Leader of the Opposition often goes overseas on an official trip once a year to build relationships abroad and get foreign experience.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also abroad, first in Europe, then Australia and Fiji. All of these trips were work trips.

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