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A United States billionaire’s luxury New Zealand lodges have received more than $1.2 million in wage subsidies to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.
Julian Robertson, who Forbes estimates to be worth US$4.4 billion (NZ$7.3b), claimed wage subsidies for 187 staff employed across four tourism and hospitality businesses he owns.
Robertson is 100 per cent owner of Waiaua Bay Farm which owns the famous Kauri Cliffs golf course and lodge in Northland, where former US president Barack Obama played in 2018.
It also owns Cape Kidnappers lodge and golf course in Hawke’s Bay, Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown and Dry River Wines in Martinborough.
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