Who we are
The McKenzie + Co team
We are a great team that loves working together in a friendly and open environment.
This is us on one of our annual social club outings. Keeping to our theme of the ‘Letter B’ we dressed up and took a tour to Naseby where we went curling – a very worthwhile experience. What better people could you enjoy dressing up, dancing and singing with (what happens on the bus, stays on the bus)!
Fraser’s passion is anything rural. He has been specialising in farm accounting and advisory work for 25 years. “Rural businesses are different, to get it right you need to understand the nature of farming and the people involved, it is complex, the business of the family is intertwined with the family business.”
While all aspects of the work are challenging, Fraser particularly enjoys getting the structure and governance of rural businesses right, making sure time is spent planning with clients, not only for those who may be looking for succession options, but those starting their farming careers and wanting to progress.
Michelle brings together her international experience in business analysis and project management to help clients improve processes. Within McKenzie + Co, Michelle is charged with “making it happen” and keeping us focused on our goals. Never afraid of mischief, Michelle makes sure there is fun in the office and at social events. Outside of work Michelle is a mum to two young children, enjoys being involved with the Ardgowan School and trying to keep fit!
With over 125 years of collective industry experience, you couldn’t be in safer hands. Clients are paired with the accountant who has the right skills and knowledge to get the best out of their business.
Debbie is our longest serving team member and has a level of skill and experiences to match. While Debbie can do most things, she focuses her expertise on farming. Debbie’s longevity extends to her clients who she has a close friendly relationship with and would hope that her clients feel the same as she works very hard on their behalf.
Claire is a qualified Accounting Technician and has many years of experience in Chartered Accountancy firms which she has brought back to her home town of Oamaru. At McKenzie + Co Claire deals mostly with our Trusts and Estates, Partnerships and investment clients. Outside of work Claire enjoys the outdoors, is an avid animal lover and an accomplished dancer.
Angela has been part of the team since 2012. With a decade of experience in other local accounting firms prior to this. She is experienced in several software packages and is always on hand to help. In her spare time she is busy with her family, learning the piano, attending Toastmasters and trying to control an every growing craft room.
Abby lives on a life-style block on the outskirts of Oamaru with 11 sheep, three cows, two ducks, her husband, two young daughters, and a working dog. She has a farming background and recently completed her Associate Chartered Accountant qualifications. Abby is mainly working from home these days as she combines work with motherhood.
Daniel lives in Waimate and has to keep quiet every time Canterbury wins the rugby. Having run his own business and managed operations in Europe, he is keen to combine his accounting degree and experience to help other business owners run and grow better businesses. When not digging divots in the golf course, Daniel enjoys brewing beer and sharing it with friends and family.
In addition to working with clients, Tracey is currently working towards attaining her Chartered Accountant qualification and also manages our in-house accounting. Tracey returned to her home town of Oamaru with husband Richard and two young children after 10 years working in office administration in London, followed by five in Auckland – London direct to Oamaru was a step too far! In her “spare” time Tracey studies, runs and looks after her family on a life-style block in Weston.
Paula has a long and varied history of working locally in administration, owning a business with her husband Peter and working in accounting. Paula enjoys travel, cooking, baking, music, house renovating and decorating, spending time with her husband, grown up family and 3 grandchildren – better not exclude the family dog Millie.
Ankita is a Chartered Accountant qualified in India and moving towards making this include New Zealand. Although the weather is a little cooler than Ankita is used to, she loves New Zealand and has made plenty of friends here. She enjoys travelling, music and is a keen classical singer.
Jill is a born and bred Oamaru girl who returned here after a brief stint of travel overseas. Along with working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant, Jill is the accountant who makes sure software works smoothly. Her three young girls keep her busy, but in her spare time Jill loves to run (fast shuffle), spend time in her vegetable garden or undertake some DIY house project.
Abbey is a Chartered Accountant and has come home to Oamaru after her time studying and working in Dunedin. She is comfortable with many software systems and has helped many clients with software training. Outside of work Abbey enjoys travelling to shows and concerts, combat training at the gym, as well as a range of hunting and fishing activities.
Megan McLeod – Intern
Megan is working her way through an Agricultural Commerce degree at Lincoln University and is also working as an intern with us. Bringing together her studies and a semi-rural upbringing, Megan has a good understanding of rural businesses and is keen to help on any agricultural related projects. Although this keeps Megan busy, she likes to spend her free time with family and friends and particularly likes our local lakes.
Tax compliance is an important part of the services we provide to our clients; taxation laws are increasingly complex and ever-changing. Our Tax Team are 100% committed to accuracy, meeting deadlines and achieving the best outcome for every client.
Kay heads our Tax Team, a position where she excels. We all rely on Kay’s extensive knowledge of complex tax matters. With the ever-changing tax environment she has her work cut out for her. Kay spends her well-deserved time off with her ‘grown-up’ family, gardening and baking.
Officially, Andrea is the other half of our Tax Team. Unofficially she is proficient at most things and always happy to give it a go. Andrea keeps on top of our tax administration and client payroll processing. Outside of work Andrea enjoys time spent with family, Church and watching movies.
Technology and Innovation
With technological change creating opportunities for business to become more effective and efficient you can be sure we are keeping you up with the changes. Our technology focused team members are constantly searching for better solutions for business and are here to offer support when needed.
Karen is our “non-resident” technology expert and after moving from Oamaru has continued to work for us remotely. Karen makes sure we are utilising technology and is passionate about good software solutions for our clients. She has a vast wealth of knowledge on a range of software products and draws on many years of experience in various roles in Chartered Accountancy firms. Karen enjoys travelling and getting away in her motor home when she can.
William joins his IT degree with being a Xero advisor and brings it to the specialized role of Xero Client Support. Any problem you have, no matter how large or small, William is able to deal with it. Away from work, William enjoys fixing and building computers, spending time at the gym and has plans to travel.
Now you can put a face to the voices who answer our office line. Both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes tasks are completed with professionalism and smiles by our Administration Team.
Jennie is our gatekeeper; she has a talent for making everyone smile when they come in the door. We rely on Jennie for support to the accounting teams and clients alike. She fulfils many administration services across McKenzie + Co, nothing is too much trouble. She is also Fraser’s “go to girl” and keeps him on the straight & narrow. Outside of work Jennie enjoys travelling with her husband, spending time with family & friends and enjoying life.
Fleur is the other half of our reception team, assisting all departments within McKenzie + Co and clients alike. Fleur has taken charge of Accounts Receivable and the administration of our sales & marketing. Fleur attends Toastmasters and volunteers for a couple of local community groups. When she is not at work Fleur loves spending time with her (what appears to be ever expanding) family, kayaking and heading away in her motor home.