Entrepreneurial minded deal-makers like the late Craig Norgate dubbed Allan Hubbard "mother."

The Timaru-based financier – at the centre of a new book 'The billion dollar bonfire: How Allan Hubbard and the Government destroyed South Canterbury Finance '- could rustle you up cash as a last resort for bridging finance. He liked a good venture. A good story. And if he liked you, you got lucky.

It was Norgate who mused to me that "you only get one Allan Hubbard in your life time". The entrepreneur had himself leveraged up large and made financial commitments he could not keep