- Scott has been the chair of the Manawatu Young Accountants Group since 2015
- He is a mentor and guide for budding accountants
- Scott values human connections and promotes accounting as a rewarding profession
A Chartered Accountant can add value to any kind of work, says Scott Haumaha CA, the Lower North Island winner of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Young Regional Advocates Awards for 2020.
Haumaha says the CA designation adds more than just a suffix to a name – it is a marker of professionalism and brings with it unmatched credibility and respect.
He is currently enjoying the variety of work that comes with his role as a financial adviser with wealth management firm Tailorednz in Palmerston North and derives a lot of confidence from his qualification.
"I am hugely passionate about my CA qualification. It is a testament of discipline and passion. Of all my years of education, the CA degree was the hardest to achieve," says Haumaha, who believes the CA badge can take the bearer anywhere in the world.
He has worked closely with CA ANZ since 2011 when he joined the Manawatu Young Accountants Group (YAG) while finishing his degree at Massey University. He was working for Naylor Lawrence & Associates, a CA firm, at that time and has been the YAG chair since 2015.
Haumaha has also had various governance roles, including at Manawatu Golf Club Inc, Toastmasters and Business Network International (BNI). He also drew a lot of satisfaction from the role of treasurer of the Camellia House Trust, a safe haven for women and their children that offers temporary accommodation and support services. He provided guidance and support with the update of the trust's strategic plan.
"My CA degree was a sort of testament to justify my involvement and allowed me to add more value to the roles," Haumaha says.
And while he is not currently required to do in-depth accounting, he says he enjoys using and developing his skills in his personal space and to help friends and family.
However, it is the human connection and one-to-one interactions he values most.
"It is hugely rewarding to be able to help clients achieve their goals," says Haumaha. "The community aspect is always important, too, and it is a heartwarming feeling to be able to contribute. I am grateful to be in a position to support those who are struggling."
It is important to create a feeling of community with the upcoming accountants, and to stay connected.
He says that while his selection as the Young Regional Advocate was unexpected, it has increased his sense of responsibility to advocate for the profession. "It is an incredible honour and I am looking forward to work actively with CA ANZ to achieve more on the accounting pathway," he says.
Haumaha works closely with young and budding accountants as a mentor and facilitator. He is especially enthusiastic about making students aware of the many opportunities available to Chartered Accountants and supporting them in their ambitions.
"It is important to create a feeling of community with the upcoming accountants, and to stay connected," he says. "Not everybody has had a smooth ride through the global pandemic and some of them may be feeling unsure about their careers.
"I know CA ANZ is getting behind this, too, and it is great to have the wellbeing series for young accountants which is run by young accountants themselves. I really wish to have a balanced approach to the situation with a good mix of online and face-to-face interactions soon."
Meet the other winners
A total of 11 young chartered accountants from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have been selected as the 2020 Young Regional Advocates.Read more