If you would like to know more:

The Team at FAR

The Principals

Our Principals have a track record of involvement with small/medium businesses, including start-ups and existing businesses, and have the experience to help nurture the vision of each company invested in.


Ian Smith, BSc - iwsmith@far.co.nz

Ian is founder and Managing Director of the Far Pacific Capital group of companies. He is a director of a number of private and public companies, including Chairman of publicly listed companies Cube Capital and Beauty Direct and has had input into the recent restructuring of both. Ian has significant experience as an investor in, and/or an investment banker to, companies operating in a wide range of Sectors. He has significant experience and specific skills in business strategy, structuring/restructuring, problem solving, capital raising, modeling and analysis. He has 18 years experience in the finance and investment industries, firstly with sharebroking firm Francis Allison Symes from 1983 to 1986 and following that with the FAR Financial Group, which he established in late 1986.

Roy Rigler, DipBusStuds; A.N.Z.I.M.; A.B.I.N.Z.; A.T.C.L. - roy.rigler@far.co.nz 

Roy has gained considerable experience in personal, business and investment banking, marketing and project management during more than 35 years in the finance industry. He is a Director of Far Financial Services Limited. He has held senior positions at ANZ Bank, NZI Financial Corporation, Westpac Merchant Finance and Trust Bank. Several, varying roles in branch banking - in the days when customers were considered important - provided a solid base for understanding financing needs and solutions. More specialised, senior Head Office experience followed. This was in Investments, Marketing, Administration and Business Banking. Roy has four diplomas: Business Studies from Massey University; Institute of Management; Bankers’ Institute and Trinity College London.