Date posted: 05/10/2021 4 min read

Central North Island news

Find out what's happening in the Central North Island Region.

In brief

  • AGMs and Annual Report
  • Revised Insolvency Services Standard
  • Latest Acuity Magazine out now

Regional manager update

Kia ora koutou

We’re still buzzing from the success of our Mental Health Awareness Week programme last week!  For those of you who tuned in to our online events, I hope you gained a lot of value from our speakers.  If you’re keen to learn more, then check out our library resources on wellbeing and visit our wellbeing hub.  Remember CA ANZ has EAP services available to all CA ANZ members and whanau.

In case you missed it: CA ANZ in the media

The Government’s recent changes to interest deductibility have been a hot topic in the media, with CA ANZ providing a range of insights.  Also buried in the legislation was a Fringe Benefit Tax change that CA ANZ highlighted, as covered in the NZ Herald.

Other recent media coverage includes a Radio NZ interview and article on our Investor Confidence Survey, and a good summary of CA ANZ and IFA’s Public Trust in Tax survey and our recent cryptocurrency submission on

Latest Acuity Magazine

The October/November issue of Acuity magazine is out now, with a focus on the opportunities for accountants in a more sustainable economy.  This edition features an interview with Charles Rau FCA, from BDO Gisborne, where he explains how he’s used his 810ha Matawai Deer Park as a proof of concept for how farmers calculate and mitigate emissions.

‘What we heard’ paper out now

Did you attend any of our Audit Roundtables?  Whether you did or not, it’s worth reading ‘What we heard: A New Zealand conversation about securing trust in audit,’ a CA ANZ paper that documents discussion on the future of audit in New Zealand and its interplay with the governance ecosystem.

AGMs and Annual Report

We’re pleased to announce that the 2021 CA ANZ Annual Report has been released and can be viewed here.  

Additionally, dates and details are available for the New Zealand Region Annual (Ordinary) General Meeting on 13 October and the CA ANZ Annual General Meeting on 29 October.  Information on the member vote is also available here.  Registrations for the CA ANZ AGM can be made through My CA.  All members are invited to attend, and at this stage, both meetings will be held online.

Do you have zoom fatigue?

Are you finding video calls draining?  Here’s some tips on how you can make video calls less exhausting:

Avoid multitasking: Switching between tasks can cost you as much as 40 percent of your productive time, so close any tabs or programmes that might distract you.
Build in breaks: Take mini breaks from video during longer calls by minimising the window for a few seconds to let your eyes rest for a moment. 
Make virtual social events opt-in: Virtual social sessions should be kept opt-in, so that people are welcome, but not obligated, to join.
Switch to phone calls, email or chat: Are there any conversations you could have over the phone or email instead?
*Adapted from NZ College of Law
E raka te maui, e raka te katau 

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Neal McDiarmid
Central North Island Regional Manager

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Revised NZ Insolvency Services Standard

The NZ Regulatory Board has issued a revised NZICA Insolvency Services Standard that will apply to all NZ members of CA ANZ (and all non member insolvency practitioners licensed by NZICA) who provide insolvency services (both formal (including solvent liquidations) and informal) from 1 November 2021. The revised standard reflects the new insolvency practitioners’ regime and changes to the NZ Code of Ethics.

Find out more about the changes and obtain a copy of the standard here.

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The ethics of Government support

NZ Country Head Peter Vial joined The Spinoff’s Bernard Hickey for this week’s ‘When the Facts Change’ podcast, talking about the ethics of accessing the Government’s financial support. As Peter states, the facts have changed – there’s less uncertainty, changing need, increased scrutiny & new rules. It’s a very interesting listen, that looks closely at maintain social licence in times of crisis.

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