Antony Gough

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Gough is trying to give Shands Emporium, the oldest commercial building in the Christchurch Central City, to a new owner for free

Antony Gough is a New Zealand businessman and property developer, who was born and raised in Christchurch. Considered to be one of the city's most influential businessmen, he is developer of The Terrace, a major commercial development in Christchurch's retail district and part of the city's reconstruction programme following the 2011 earthquake.[1][2]

Gough is a son of Owen Tracy Gough. His siblings are his twin-sister Avenal, and brothers Harcourt and Tracy. The four children are beneficiaries of the O T Gough Trust.[3] Their grandfather was Tracy Thomas Gough, who founded Gough, Gough and Hamer.[3]

Tracy Thomas Gough was married twice, with Owen Tracy Gough his only son from the first marriage, and Blair Gough the only offspring from the second marriage.[3] The assets of this second marriage are in the B T Gough Trust, with Ben Gough and Gina Satterthwaite, the children of Blair Gough, the beneficiaries.[3]

Gough and his three siblings are part-owners of Gough Holdings Ltd, previously known as Gough, Gough and Hamer. The company supplies heavy equipment for the mining, forestry, transport and power industries in Australasia and employs 950 staff.[3]

In 2013, an attempt of the B T Gough Trust to obtain a controlling stake of Gough Holdings Ltd through gaining shareholding of the O T Gough Trust went to the High Court.[4] The National Business Review estimates the value of the Gough family at NZ$300m.[4]

Gough owns Shands Emporium in Hereford Street, the oldest commercial building in the Christchurch Central City. Gough is in the process of giving away the Category I heritage building for free and having it transported to a new site free of cost, as it is in the way of The Terrace development.[5][6]

Gough graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Science, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in commerce in April 2014 from the same institution.[7]


  1. ^ "Antony Gough - Mr Personality". 9 March 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Work begins on major Christchurch development". One News (TVNZ). 20 September 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Steeman, Marta (6 December 2013). "Gough's sister 'won't sell'". The Press. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Steeman, Marta (5 December 2013). "Gough family's 'bitter' dispute". The Press. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Stylianou, Georgina (6 July 2013). "Shands Emporium waits for new owner". The Press. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shands Emporium". Register of Historic Places. New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gough just chuffed with honorary doctorate". The Press. 16 April 2014. p. A4. Retrieved 19 April 2014.