Vanessa Hud­gens loves Taka­puna?


An over­sight has seen a Hollywood ac­tress ap­pear to be en­dors­ing a con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ment in the heart of Taka­puna.

High School Mu­si­cal’s Vanessa Hud­gens features at the fore­front of an im­age from Panuku De­vel­op­ment Auck­land’s plans for the An­zac St Car Park.

Project de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Clive Fuhr ad­mit­ted the use of the Hud­gens’ photo was an a mis­take, which Panuku was not aware of at the time. ‘‘Now this over­sight has been picked up, Panuku is work­ing with the com­pany to get this im­age up­dated as soon as pos­si­ble.’’

The photo of Hud­gens was orig­i­nally taken in 2010 when the ac­tress was out shop­ping in Mal­ibu, Cal­i­for­nia.

How­ever, Taka­puna Ac­tion Group’s Ruth Jack­son ques­tioned whether any­one else’s photo had been used with­out their con­sent.

‘‘If I opened up that doc­u­ment and found my im­age in it I would be ab­so­lutely in­can­des­cent with rage,’’ Jack­son said.

‘‘If you are us­ing those peo­ple for a com­mer­cial prod­uct, then re­ally you should have their per­mis­sion, be­cause you are im­ply­ing that they are en­dors­ing your prod­ucts.’’

Hud­gens is no stranger to New Zealand, hav­ing pre­vi­ously vis­ited to be with her boyfriend Austin But­ler who was film­ing Amer­i­can fan­tasy series The Shan­nara Chron­i­cles.

Hud­gens is fea­tured front and cen­tre in the Panuku im­age in the Un­lock Taka­puna Frame­work Plan - in Taka­puna’s Pot­ters Park.

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