Last Saturday's NZ Shareholders' Association Annual Investor Conference was a huge celebration even though its central theme was "Bridging troubled waters".

There were few signs of trouble among the 231 attendees as the NZX50 Gross Index soared 1.7 per cent the previous day while outside it was a delightfully sunny and still Christchurch day.

After a chilly start the rejuvenated city centre was full of shoppers seeking sunny spots for their lunch.


The conference theme seemed to have confused some speakers as one company presentation was headed "Bridge over troubled waters", instead of "Bridging troubled waters".

The only signs