Supporters of Allan Hubbard and his wife Margaret have undertaken an advertising campaign and set up a $1m fighting fund.
The couple and some trust have been put in statutory management and are being investigated by the SFO.
No-one who knows them doubts their inegrity but someone has raised questions about paper work:
Timaru lawyer Edgar Bradley, who has been a friend of Mr Hubbard’s for more than 50 years, was another staunch supporter.
“Allan takes a long-term point of view and does not look at things on a daily basis or on a three-yearly basis as politicians do.
“He has the ability to stand back from a problem and look at it dispassionately. Even if it affects him personally, he does not allow that to affect his judgment.
“If a sometime criticism of Allan is a lack of documentation then it must be remembered he is a product of the days when trust was more important than paperwork. Sadly the reverse is now the case.”