Story: Business failures and corporate fraud

Craig Heatley and Allan Hawkins, 1984

Two high-flying 1980s businessmen were Craig Heatley and Allan Hawkins, shown in May 1984 when the Rainbow Corporation first listed on the stock exchange. Heatley was managing director and Hawkins chair of the corporation, which eventually owned an amusement park, property, and stakes in many companies in New Zealand and Australia. It was absorbed by Brierley Investments in 1987, but Hawkins’s own conglomerate, Equiticorp, collapsed. For his part in the Equiticorp fall Hawkins was found guilty of fraud and jailed.

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Graeme Hunt, 'Business failures and corporate fraud - Failures since 1950', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Graeme Hunt, published 11 Mar 2010