Former National MP Mike Sabin has picked up a job as the head of a luxury resort in Northland.

Mr Sabin has been appointed chief executive of Peppers Carrington Estate, a five-star, 1000-hectare resort on the Karikari Peninsula.

The former MP for Northland will be in charge of plans to redevelop the property into the largest five-star resort in the country.

Chinese real estate giant Shanghai CRED purchased the business from US businessman Paul Kelly for $28.7 million in 2013, and planned to market it to wealthy Chinese tourists.

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Mr Sabin resigned as Northland's MP in early February.

Mr Sabin's resignation forced a by-election, which National lost to New Zealand First's Winston Peters.

Before he entered Parliament in 2011, Mr Sabin was a policeman and founded an anti-methamphetamine company called MethCon.