Date posted: 13/12/2018 3 min read

Central North Island Regional News December 2018

Find out what’s been happening in the Central North Island

In Brief

  • Regional Manager update
  • Events wrap-up
  • Upcoming events

Message from the Regional Manager

A big welcome to the region’s 29 new members to the designations of Chartered Accountants ANZ being;

Caleb Firth CA Wendy Oliver AT
Juri Mizuno CA Bryce Gordon AT
Crystal Griffin CA Inas Ellouh ACA
Lorraine Fourie CA Jenny May Gaskell CA
Cory Dixon CA Laura Wade AT
Deborah Ingley AT Terri Harford AT
Irene Young CA Mohini Goundar ACA
Christen Peterson AT Anna Rouse CA
Stephen Taylor CA Laura Walker AT
Barbara Thompson CA William Archibald CA
John Fairey CA Victoria MacDonald AT
Adena Eymael CA Donna Hill ACA
Margaret Clark AT Daniel Hopkins CA
Sue Mills CA Ellie Braddock CA
Nicholas Tomsett AT

We look forward to celebrating with you in the coming months.

2018 Conferred Fellowships

The 2018 Fellows have been announced, a big congratulations to everyone named from the Central North Island Region as follows:

  • Bay of Plenty – Mervyn Dallas FCA, Michael Franks FCA, Graham Naylor FCA, Tarringaroa Nicholas FCA, Donna Smit FCA.
  • Gisborne – Patricia Flockhart AT(Fellow), Kylee Potae FCA.
  • Hawke’s Bay – John Dixon FCA, Peter Hensman FCA, Roger Hooker FCA.
  • Taranaki – Stephen Eichstaedt FCA, Richard Handley FACA, Grant McQuoid FCA.
  • Waikato – Leean Bedwell FCA, Maree Bradley FCA, Alan Chew FCA, Natasha Harvey FCA, David Heald FCA, Niwa Nuri FCA, Keith Williams FCA.

Local movers and shakers

Te Awamutu accounting firm Gener8 Business & Life Solutions won the Most Innovative Business Award at the Panalitix Annual Conference held in San Diego, California last month. This was an exciting accomplishment for a small, rural firm up against much larger firms from around the globe. There to accept the award was Gener8 owner Craig Yarndley CA and Client Development Manager Frank Lieshout CA.

Panalitix provides technology and content to support their member accountants around the world.

This win followed on from Craig’s recent Emerging Business Leader Award at the Waipa Business Awards in August.

Central North Island Facebook Page – Now Live!

The Central North Island Facebook Page is now live and ready for you to join. This year, we’re looking for new ways to connect with our members and therefore the Facebook page exclusively for our Central North Island regional members has been created.

To join the group, simply click on the following link and confirm your member details when requested.

Once verified, you will receive a notification welcoming you into the group. From there you can start sharing and communicating with other members in our region.

Neal McDiarmid
RONI Regional Manager

Past events


Building Knowledge – The Kaivolution Story

On Thursday 22 November we heard the Kaivolution story from Go Eco Chair Pamela Storey and Miracle Manager Jo Wrigley. From humble and challenging beginnings when they were offered 100kgs of broccoli, Kaivolution now provides thousands of meals weekly. This charitable trust has managed to divert over 350,066kgs of food from landfill to people in need.

There was also an update from the Rural Advisory Committee. They shared some of the great work they have been doing to ensure the rural sector voice is heard at a central government level. The take away message from the RAC was that they are available if you need to discuss anything related to your practice or your rural sector clients. They can be contacted by emailing them at

Retired and Senior Members Lunch

On Monday 3 December, we hosted about 25 retired and senior members from the Waikato region for lunch at the Roaming Giant in Hamilton. It was a great opportunity for a pre-Christmas catch up despite the torrential rain and thunder storms outside.


Gisborne Financial Assistance Fund Presentation

On Wednesday 12 December, the presentation for the 2019 Gisborne Financial Assistance Fund was held. Congratulations to this year’s recipient Mikayla Craill, who was awarded $3,000 towards her studies.

Gisborne Financial Assistance Fund Presentation

Aaron snodgrass from Eastland group, June hall from Graham and Dobson and Neal CAANZ CNI Regional Manager

Upcoming events


2019 Central North Island Conference, Wednesday 27 February

Registrations are now open for the annual 2019 Central North Island Conference.

There is a lot of speculation about the future of accounting so at the 2019 Central North Island Conference we define that future, so you can prepare to meet these changes with ease.

The conference brings together a collection of great minds to share real life examples of how they have moved from the realms of theory to practice in their preparation to meet future business demands.

Come along and be challenged, entertained and informed at a fantastic venue with delicious food.

As a forward-thinking professional, this half day programme will inspire and guide you to answer the call of an increasingly digitised and changing business environment.


2019 Taranaki back to Work Bowls and Burgers, Wednesday 13 February

Kick off 2019 with a social outing for you and the team and have some fun on the bowling green. Get your team of four together, or we can place you in a social team on the night. There will be burgers on the BBQ and competition on the bowling green. Invite your staff, clients and partners to join us at Fitzroy Bowling Club to enjoy some fun in the sun.

The Evolution of Finance Teams - What skills do future CFOs need to have? Tuesday 19 February

The roles and responsibilities of a CFO already extend far beyond the traditional compliance, financial reporting and governance roles. As well as managing finances, today’s CFOs are increasingly expected to provide guidance and advice to the CEO and board on a range of issues, including cyber security, customer service, logistics and corporate branding. Our panel will share their experience and insights as they discuss the impact, the challenges and the changing skills needed in the future.

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