[10 November/Stuff]

British banking boss Sir Keith Whitson and his wife Lady Sabine Whitson have sold their Motueka luxury lodge and farm. The new owner will be Jean-Pierre Fourcade, who built his fortune as the head of French Polynesian beer and soft drinks business la Brasserie de Tahiti. A lawyer acting on behalf of Mr Fourcade said that he paid less than half the 2015 asking price of $20 million. Lawyer Steve Rutherford said the Whitsons had moved back permanently to the UK for family reasons. The property includes a 769-hectare sheep, cattle and deer farm about 50 kilometres west of Nelson.