A text informed me the farmers’ friend had died.
It was referring to Sir Ron Trotter who was a graduate of what was then Lincoln College (now University).
He was managing director and chair of Wright Stephenson and instrumental in its merger with National Mortgage about which the NBR tells a wonderful story.
Wrightson NMA was one of the most successful stock and station agencies in the country at a time when local managers were trusted to back people in whom they had confidence.
The NBR also says Sir Ron was a champion of the economic reforms of the 80s.
Most farmers were unhappy with them at the time but few would want to turn back the clock now and many see the sense in ideas put forward by the Business Round Table which he helped to found.
New Zealand has lost a successful businessman who was generous with his time and skills in many public roles.