Noel Edmonds sparks furious row with New Zealanders as they accuse him of ‘colonising’ idyllic village with £15m Crinkley Bottom estate and pub with lewd drinks

  • The Deal or No Deal presenter moved down under with his wife Kate in 2019 

Noel Edmonds has been accused of ‘colonising’ an idyllic New Zealand village after purchasing 12 properties worth £15million and opening a pub called The Bugger Inn in the area home to just 2,500 people.

The UK television star, best known for Noel’s House Party and presenting Deal or No Deal, moved Down Under in 2019 with his wife Liz.

He has since bought 12 properties with a total landmass of 270 hectares worth almost £15million, the Times reports, most of which are based in or around the village of Ngatimoti, located 26 miles to the west of Nelson on South Island.

Mr Edmonds has brought a corner of England to the area complete with a restaurant, shop, coffee house and The Bugger Inn on his River Haven estate.

He says he is trying to assimilate into the community and has made local donations, recently paying the village school’s £3,000 bill for traffic management during this year’s festival. 

The UK television star, best known for Noel’s House Party and presenting Deal or No Deal, moved Down Under in 2019 with his wife Liz

Noel Edmonds pictured outside his British-style pub in New Zealand, The Bugger Inn

Noel Edmonds first rose to fame as presenter of Noel’s House Party, which featured the iconic Mr Blobby

But while many locals are said to appreciate the new hub where they can meet one another, not everyone is happy about his claims he has ‘revived’ the area.

The village is already well-known in New Zealand for its annual festival, which generally takes place in October and is attended by thousands of people.

One local, who did not wish to be named, told the New Zealand website Stuff that Edmonds has ‘colonised’ their village.

‘I feel like he’s a coloniser,’ they said. ‘He’s come in like [he’s] the lord of the manor’.

The resident added: ‘He’s got this attitude… about how he’s improved the place and made it amazing – it was already amazing.’ 

Others criticised his ‘flashy’ 4×4 fleet which they said included a Land Rover with a PA system for blasting music, lights and sirens. 

Some locals also told Stuff they were concerned about security cameras placed at the entrance to one of Edmonds’ properties, which they claimed invaded people’s privacy. 

Edmonds has also brought plenty of double-edged humour to the region, with his number plates sporting the number 4 and the letter Q. 

Meanwhile at his pub, punters can purchase drinks such as the Dickens Cider and Tits Up Lager.

His estate River Haven’s website says: ‘Fact: Kiwis love traditional Irish and English pubs.

‘Apparently the only reason Kiwis travel to Europe is to see old architecture and visit a pub or work in it.

‘Well, have we got exciting news for you guys.

The Deal or No Deal star’s estate, River Haven, also has a coffee shop

Recent photographs purport to show that the pub is very popular with locals and gets fully booked

The pub serves drinks with humourous names such as ‘Tits Up Lager’

Edmonds has been accused of ‘colonising’ the New Zealand village and building his own Crinkley Bottom

One local, who did not wish to be named, told the New Zealand website Stuff that Edmonds has ‘colonised’ their village

Edmonds said he understands residents’ suspicions and has tried to ‘tread carefully’

Edmonds has bought a total of 12 properties in the region, worth almost £15million

One of the properties bought by Edmonds now features its own cafe

‘When our construction team were digging the foundations for the new Health Club they unearthed an original pub.

‘Established in 1642 the pub, which had no name, was popular with local residents and early tourists.

‘Indeed, we found a photograph of Abel Tasman leaning on the bar enjoying a pint of ale with some of the locals.

‘Supported by archaeologists, historians, know-alls and general busy bodies our team have restored the old building and relocated it alongside the Clubhouse Restaurant.

‘It was quite a tight fit and when Bert said ‘we’ll never get the bugger in’ we decided that’s its new name.

‘So, Ngatimoti now has its own traditional pub – The Bugger Inn.’

The presenter has said he understands why some locals may have been wary of him at first. 

‘I totally sympathise with the suspicion. When people are ignorant they become more suspicious. 

‘We tried to just tread gently, I’m sure we upset some people, I’m sure there are people… who are still upset – nothing deliberate, we’ve tried to listen,’ he told Stuff. 

‘I’m here … to give, to make a difference. My love has always been the environment, the countryside. I haven’t just been buying property for the sake of it.’ 

He later told the Times that his pub had been ‘crammed’ with people ‘expressing their disgust’ at the claims made by Stuff after their article was published.

MailOnline has contacted Noel Edmonds for comment. 

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