Charities not named in Hubbard will

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 12:14 26/07/2012
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CAR MUSEUM: Allan Hubbard left his VW Beetle to the Fairlie Car Museum.

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Charitable causes have missed out on any bequests from the late Allan Hubbard's will.

While earlier wills allowed for any money left over in his estate to go to charity, his last will - written five months after statutory managers moved in - names his wife Jean as the sole beneficiary, and writes off some loans.

The Timaru Herald has obtained a copy of his will - signed on November 10, 2010 - from the Timaru District Court.

The Hubbards, their company Aorangi Securities and Hubbard Management Funds (HMF), along with seven charitable trusts, were placed in statutory management by the Government on June 20, 2010. A Serious Fraud Office investigation was launched the following day and in June last year 50 fraud charges were laid against Mr Hubbard by the SFO. They were dropped after he was killed in a head-on collision north of Oamaru in September.

The two-page will directs the remainder of his estate is to go to Mrs Hubbard but this was subject to any "memorandum of wishes I may leave as to the disposal of any part of my residual estate".

Timaru lawyer Edgar Bradley, who prepared the will, said at the time of Mr Hubbard's death there was no memorandum of wishes.

"There was no memorandum in the end. He had made one with a previous will but this was no longer in place."

He said it would be a long time before the value of Mr Hubbard's estate was known, with a number of entities said to be contesting it.

"If there is any residuary it won't be known for a long time."

In the book Allan Hubbard, A Man Out Of Time, written by Virginia Green and released in November 2010, she recorded his original wishes for his money to go to family and charity.

"By 2007 Allan planned to cash out, take care of his children and leave the rest to a still-to-be decided charity. He'd die with his wealth already distributed."

The will directed his Volkswagen be given to the Fairlie Transport Museum and he gifted any outstanding loan balance to Maungati farmers Stuart and Margaret Holland. Nelson company director Brian McDonald, former chief executive of Helicopters NZ, was also gifted any outstanding loan balance owed to the Hubbards. Mr McDonald was unaware of any loans.

If Mrs Hubbard had died before Mr Hubbard, the will appointed two of his daughters as trustees.

"If my wife dies before me transfer the residue equally to my daughters living at my death."

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Garry Bungard, who managed an Ashburton farm on Grayburn Rd, was to be given the farm as long as he worked there until May 2018.

- The Timaru Herald

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