Business banker rolls sleeves up

Southland Times photo After 10 years away from Invercargill and with 32 years' banking experience, David Backhurst has returned to take the reins of SBS Bank's agribusiness and business banking arm.

Zespri saga continues

Zespri With questions hanging over the fiscal transparency of Zespri's offshore subsidiaries, worse may be yet to come out of China for the single-desk statutory monopoly.

Row over cancelled feed

Drought The president of Federated Farmers has been labelled "gutless and arrogant" after cancelling a shipment of feed to drought-stricken Hawke's Bay farmers (which is now back on) and claiming they should have been better organised.

Commission seeking information

Percentage sign The Commerce Commission is seeking more information from farmers and others who entered into a financial derivative product known as interest rate swaps.

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