Happier times . . . Adam Parore and Sally Ridge in 2002.
Adam Parore says he has no problem admitting his former
fiancee, Auckland socialite Sally Ridge, is entitled to half of
his business, however he cannot work with her.
"I've always acknowledged that Sally is entitled to half, I
have no problem with that," he told a hearing in the High
Court at Auckland this morning.
Although they didn't have a technical legal agreement, Mr
Parore said their "equal sharing agreement" was that they
would always share their combined assets from the
The former international cricketer said he had tried to pay
Ms Ridge out of the Small Business Accounting (SBA) business
and at one stage had offered his share of the business to
In his witness statement, Mr Parore referred to a text
message he sent her on August 18, 2010.
"Just give me $ for my half of sba and its yours. I just want
Mr Parore said the message was written in the heat of the
"I sent the text because I just didn't want anything to do
with Sally anymore and I wanted to get on with my life
without her being involved any more than absolutely
necessary. At the time I was at the end of my tether."
Mr Parore said the business is his career and livelihood.
"I have a measure of pride in what I have been able to
accomplish with the business so far."
However, there was "simply no way Sally and I can be in
business together," he said.
"I cannot rely on her to be reasonable or level headed when
making business decisions, or in dealing with me in
"Sally clearly thinks poorly of me because I am listed as a
contact in her email address book as 'Adam Parore (ass
From the witness box today, Mr Parore said he was adamant he
wanted Ms Ridge out of the company and has offered to pay her
out, however she wanted to retain her share in the company.
"Everything needs to end ... it needs to end," he said.
"It's not much fun sitting around the dinner table with your
new partner talking about your ex all the time."
Ms Ridge is claiming back pay and unpaid dividends from the
She said she hadn't received dividends from the business
since September 2011 and wants a return to her relationship
with the firm as it was in August 2011.
Mr Parore has said he refused to pay her dividends because
she refused to contribute to the company's expenses or attend
Her trust is also claiming up to $830,000 from the sale of a
"palatial" property in Ponsonby's Arthur St, which the former
couple sold after their 2010 separation for more than $6
The hearing continues.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ