Adam Parore says his former fiance, Auckland socialite Sally
Ridge, only cared about the money she received from a
business they co-owned.
"She didn't care where it came from," Mr Parore said at the
High Court at Auckland today.
Under cross-examination, from Ms Ridge's lawyer Daniel Grove,
Mr Parore said "she never bothered to help" with their Small
Business Accounting (SBA) business.
When asked whether Ms Ridge would have understood the legal
or accounting explanations for why her dividend payments were
stopped, Mr Parore said "she never once bothered to repay the
joint expenses ... it was all just one way traffic".
"All she was focused on was getting paid."
Mr Parore said she 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 said from the witness box this
However, Ms Ridge was impossible to deal with in a business
relationship, he said.
"It's nothing against her as a person."
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 business and at one stage offered his
share to her.
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
In his witness statement, Mr Parore said the business is his
career and livelihood however, there was "simply no way Sally
and I can be in business together".
"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."
However he said their dispute was purely commercial and he
would like to think that when their High Court legal
proceedings finished, he and Ms Ridge could rebuild their
"I don't know if it will, but I'd like to think that we will.
"As to whether I want to be in a business relationship [with
her], I don't."
The hearing before Justice Murray Gilbert continues.