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David Kitson

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David Kitson

Managing Director, Capital & Finance
C.A.

David joined Taurus as a Principal in 2007 and has over 20 years' experience in the banking and finance sector in areas such as corporate recovery and turnaround management, branch, area and regional management, and general management, and general management. He has also spent six years in property development specializing in retirement villages and motels, and has managed operations and finance for a group of six retirement villages.

David's current focus is as Managing Director of the Capital and Finance Division and joint CEO. He oversees Taurus Group's $100m portfolio of commercial and industrial property including nine separate syndicates around New Zealand involving over 500 investor's, as well as Taurus Home Loans.

His varied background and natural approach as an advisor puts him in good stead in an ever changing investment environment. David is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

With their children no longer at home, David and his wife Fairlie have more time to enjoy some adventure such as mountain and road biking, snow skiing, water skiing and jet boating. David is also involved in community activities such as Rotary and Civil Defence.


Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8834
Mobile: +64 21 722 231
Email: drk@taurusnz.co.nz  

Paul Wouters

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Paul Wouters

Managing Director, Accounting
C.A.

Paul joined Taurus in July of 2006 and leads a team of over 25 in Taurus Group's Chartered Accountancy division. Paul has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) since 1990 and worked as a chartered accountant in Christchurch for many years before joining the team at Taurus.

During his career Paul has developed knowledge and expertise in a wide range of aspects of chartered accountancy and financial and business consulting, including: general business advice, business acquisitions and sales, taxation, Trusts and equity raising. His experience means he is just as comfortable with business advisory as he is with providing support to the other divisions in the Taurus Group.

When away from Taurus, he enjoys spending time with Sarah and their family, and keeps fit by occasionally running, playing squash and pursuing other activities. And something that fits well with the Taurus culture, he enjoys a joke, which occasionally people other than himself find amusing.

Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8853
Mobile: +64 21 968 837
Email: phw@taurusnz.co.nz  

Wayne Bailey

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Wayne Bailey

Executive Director 
B.Com., C.A.

With over 40 years as a chartered accountant, Wayne is immensely proud of the role he plays helping clients to achieve realistic solutions to their financial situations.

An expert in corporate restructuring, financial proposals and succession planning, Wayne has been a driving force behind Taurus Group's evolution to a team of over 40 today.

A large part of this growth can be attributed to the culture Wayne has helped create. A self-confessed 'people-person', Wayne has an innate ability to foster strong, enduring relationships with clients from all walks of life, taking the time to develop a genuine understanding of both their current position, and their goals and aspirations, before providing advice to maximise their preferred outcomes.

Wayne is family oriented, a keen golfer, and an ardent supporter of music and the arts.

Phone: +64 3 366 6087
Mobile: +64 21 329 498
Email: ewb@taurusnz.co.nz  

Geoff Angus

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Geoff Angus

Principal Consultant

Geoff is one of the founders of Taurus Group having helped set up the firm almost 20 years ago. Along with Wayne Bailey he has played an integral role in growing the firm's expertise, services and team. He is now a consultant to the firm and remains a director of Taurus Holdings Limited.

Geoff's specialties are financial analysis and business strategy, and the analysis and structuring of complex transactions. He has a background in banking and finance having held senior positions with several New Zealand institutions including Westpac. He has a Master's degree in Economics and is also a Chartered Accountant holding a Public Practicing Certificate.

Outside his professional roles Geoff likes to spend most of his time with his family and enjoys fishing, following sport and pursuing part time study in a variety of fields. Geoff is also involved in a number of charities in varying capacities and has been a director of Trade Aid Importers Limited since 1999.

Phone: +64 3 366 6087
E-mail: gda@taurusnz.co.nz  


Merryn O'Malley

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Merryn O'Malley

Group Financial Controller
B.B.S., C.A.

Merryn is Taurus Group's Financial Controller and was appointed in 2013 having been part of the company's business services team since 2007.

During her time at Taurus Merryn has worked with a wide range of clients from different sectors. While her current role is more management focused she still manages and provides advice to a small number of clients.

Prior to joining Taurus, Merryn worked with many different organisations in a range of sectors including Coast Health Care (now West Coast District Health Board) where clinical costing, business planning and budgeting were her main priorities.

She also managed the accounts for well-known forestry operator Timberlands West Coast Ltd and was responsible for monthly reporting, budgeting and general management of its accounting system.

Merryn has also worked in the banking, transport and motor vehicle industry. She obtained her BBS in Accountancy through Massey University, studying extramurally while working at Coast Health Care and Timberlands, and then finished her CA qualifications while at Taurus.

Merryn lives on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Christchurch with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys walking and getting involved with family activities.

Phone: +64 3 366 6087
E-mail: mom@taurusnz.co.nz  


Rebecca Stewart

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Rebecca Stewart

Trust Consultant 
LL.B

As Trust Consultant Rebecca works with many of Taurus' clients alongside the company's Tax Advisors and is responsible for structuring, setting up and managing trusts for families, asset protection and succession planning.


Rebecca grew up in Christchurch and then qualified in law at the University of Canterbury, after which she lived and worked in Guernsey, Channel Islands. There she specialised in the establishment and administration of offshore trusts, companies and asset protection strategies utilising various jurisdictions.

Rebecca then spent nine years in the Bay Area of California where she was a vice president of a bank, working in their trust department, dealing with personal family trusts, conservatorships, probates and succession planning.

Rebecca moved back to Christchurch with her Scottish husband to be close to family and for their children to grow up in New Zealand.

Rebecca's international background, education and experience represents a huge benefit to Taurus' clients requiring expertise in this area.

Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8837
Mobile: +64 21 307 704
email: rgs@taurusnz.co.nz  

Michael Kohing

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Michael Kohing

Associate Director
C.A.

Michael joined Taurus in April 2000 with Wayne and Alan after 16 years with another accountancy practice. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and is also a member of the Institute of Financial Advisers (IFA).

He has a wide range of experience in a number of sectors including hospitality, manufacturing, service, retail and franchising.

He has developed expertise in budgeting and cashflow modelling, financing proposals, trusts and succession planning and personal risk management.

Michael also has internal roles within Taurus Group managing the IT functions of the group.

After an active sporting life in his earlier years, his interests now include tennis, snow skiing, following motorsport, watching sport of all codes and coaching junior basketball.


Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8858
Mobile: +64 21 532628
email: mtk@taurusnz.co.nz  


Alan Calder

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Alan Calder

Senior Client Advisor
B.Com., C.A.

Alan is an early member of Taurus having been with the company many years. Previously he has worked at the Inland Revenue Department and was an Associate at another Christchurch accountancy practice.

Alan specialises in tax planning, management accounting as well as normal business services to individuals, companies, trusts and partnerships. He is responsible for ensuring clients' interim or end of year accounts, and related income tax returns are completed on a timely, accurate and tax effective basis. 

Alan is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ (CAANZ). 

Outside work Alan's interests include a passion for mountain biking, is generally reasonable at golf, goes to the gym (sometimes) and is a member of Boaters Toastmasters Club.


Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8852
Mobile: +64 21 532622
Email: abc@taurusnz.co.nz  


Greg Wright

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Greg Wright

Senior Client Advisor
B.Com., C.A. (Aust.)

Greg joined Taurus in July 2008 having been quite a traveller in his professional career working in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

His overseas experience covers all aspects of corporate financial control and insolvency, and he's worked with significant and well-known companies. He returned to New Zealand in 2001 and worked in tax and business services until joining the team at Taurus.

Greg is qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and assists clients with trans-Tasman ventures. He is also involved in Business Networking International.

Greg loves the outdoors with skiing, cycling, and walking regularly on his agenda, and he also plays the violin.

Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8859
Mobile: +64 21 358733
email: gbw@taurusnz.co.nz  


Stewart Sarjeant

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Stewart Sarjeant

Senior Client Advisor
B.Com., C.A.

Stewart joined Taurus in 2009. He has considerable experience in providing small to medium businesses with a full range of business advisory services. His specialties include business management advice, ownership structures, statutory and management reporting, taxation and general compliance requirements.

He has been a Chartered Accountant since 1996 after beginning his career as an accountant in 1992. Stewart has also combined work and travel spending 6 years working in the UK & Australia.

Stewart returned to Christchurch in 2005 to take advantage of the great lifestyle and participates in many sporting interests including kayaking, squash, golf and tennis.

Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8836
Mobile: +64 21 532999
email: sds@taurusnz.co.nz  

Vicki Hembry

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Vicki Hembry

Senior Client Advisor

Vicki joined Taurus in January 2015 after seventeen years in the UK working with Chartered Accountancy firms and in finance roles within manufacturing, national not for profits and telecommunication retail companies.

Vicki studied accounting in Christchurch and then moved to the UK to gain the necessary experience. There she held Finance Manager and Head of Finance roles with UK Governing Bodies in the areas of Sport and Gambling Addiction amongst others. Since 2001 she has also had her own practice working with a broad range of clients providing structuring advice and delivering end of year accounts and tax returns. Vicki is still able to process UK personal, partnership and company (Corporation and PAYE) tax returns.

Since returning to Christchurch Vicki is now advising some of Taurus's largest clients and applying her practical industry knowledge to provide solutions and business advice with a view toward business development.

It was Vicki's Ballroom Dancing that led her to move to London and now she is enjoying seeing her daughter enjoy her first competitions now back within the Christchurch dancing community. Vicki's husband and daughter are loving their new New Zealand life and may even stay in the country for their next holiday for a change, instead of Las Vegas yet again!


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Mobile: +64 22 050 2583
Email:  vah@taurusnz.co.nz
 

Luiza Veras

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Luiza Veras

Accountant / Client Manager
B.Com

Luiza is an expert on New Zealand and Brazilian tax matters working with clients in both countries, specialising in advice and structuring.

In Brazil, Luiza studied accountancy at the Universidade Federal do Ceara, in the City of Fortaleza in 2004, while gaining experience in accounting system support, client relations with the Bank of Brazil and as an assistant accountant for a cashew nut exporter.  She then came to New Zealand to study English and since 2008 has worked with two Chartered Accountancy firms in Christchurch while studying for a B.Com in Accounting and Taxation at the University of Canterbury, graduating in 2011.

Her multinational expertise is sought after by the Brazilian community in New Zealand.  She keeps up to date and linked with Brazilian taxation through her sister Suany Veras, a qualified accountant and member of the Regional Accounting Council of Ceara State, Brazil. This enables her to provide business structure and tax advice for clients with interest between both countries. She also speaks Spanish along with her native Portuguese.

Luiza is currently studying for her CA certificate and is a provisional member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.  She is also a tax columnist for a monthly Brazilian magazine in New Zealand. 

When she's not at work or study, she spends time with her husband Mike and their three young sons. Luiza loves Latin dancing, meeting new people and enjoying New Zealand's world famous Pinot Noir.


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Mobile:+64 21 0738178 
Email: lcv@taurusnz.co.nz   

Debbie Cretney

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Debbie Cretney

Accountant  

Debbie joined Taurus in 2013 after spending thirteen years with well-known Canterbury based supply chain specialist, Musgrave Meat Holdings, where she managed foreign exchange, export documents, accounting and administration.

Her role within Taurus consists of managing client pay-roll and back-office processing, as well as preparing end-of-year accounts and tax returns for a huge range of clients.  She is responsible for the detail and accuracy of accounts that supports the provision of the best business and tax advice for each client, and the growth of their business.

Originally from the town of Methven she's still a country person and lives on a ten acre property outside Christchurch with her husband, two children and a variety of animals including horses, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats, which she says keeps her very busy.


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email: dmc@taurusnz.co.nz




 


Jason Revell

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Jason Revell

Accountant / Client Manager

Jason works with a wide range of clients involved in a variety of industries, including residential and commercial construction companies, and service businesses. He also helps businesses deal more effectively with the IRD, especially when solving tax arrears issues.

He is a management accountant specialist and has been with Taurus since 2012. Before this he spent six years in the UK working various roles including Management Trainee with Samuel Smith Breweries before contracting in various Accounting roles. After returning to Christchurch, Jason has worked both employed and contracting in a variety of Accounting roles including clothing wholesale, sports retail, bakery food manufacturing and as the accountant for the Cholmondeley Children's Home.   

Outside work he is a busy father of three boys and enjoys cycling. He says he's lucky to live within walking distance of the craft beer triangle of Christchurch comprising Harringtons Brewery, Pomeroys and the Twisted Hop and dreams of owning a brewery one day.


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
E-mail:jcr@taurusnz.co.nz  

  

Natalie McIlraith

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Natalie McIlraith

Accountant

Natalie has been with Taurus since 2013 and is part of the busy back-office team managing end of year accounts, tax returns and valuations, and is responsible for the accuracy and detail needed to support a wide range of clients.

She was brought up on a farm in the UK and went on to study Accounting and Management at the University of East Anglia.  She married a Kiwi and arrived in Christchurch in 2005.

Natalie has a broad range of experience having been the finance manager for a local company supplying construction equipment to companies involved in the Christchurch rebuild and she also worked for another accountancy firm.

She's busy at home managing two young boys and keeps fit playing mid-week hockey for the Avon Club, having played premier grade in the past.  She also boxes occasionally, which contrasts greatly with enjoying painting and creating when she has some spare time.


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email: nam@taurusnz.co.nz


Rajeev Varma

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Rajeev Varma

Accountant 

Rajeev has been with Taurus since 2013, having arrived after many years experience in India, the Middle East and the UK, and is an important member of the team that prepares client accounts

After 13 years of working life in the UK  he and his family decided to move to New Zealand for a complete change and he says it's been the best move yet. 

Rajeev is a die-hard cricket fan, but a purist.  His passion is the Test game and he's not blinded by the razzamatazz of the IPL, Twenty20 or even one day matches.

 



Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email: rjv@taurusnz.co.nz

 


Paul Townsend

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Paul Townsend 

Senior Mortgage Advisor (Taurus Home Loans) 

Paul has carved a notable career in financial services over twenty years as a sought after financial advisor and expert in home loans and insurance.

He plays a key role at Taurus Home Loans with a focus on helping people reach their goals, dreams and aspirations by providing sound and trusted advice.

Before Taurus Paul spent many years with a major trading bank where he spent much of his time advising on residential mortgages, while also having roles in branch management, business banking and managing high-value personal customers.  

More recently he was a New Business Consultant with NZ Home Loans.  Over his many years of service he has become well-respected and trusted amongst his peers, customers and associates. 

Paul is also a family man and spent two years at home with his two daughters who were one and three at the time.  He's a keen sportsman and also loves music, travel, gardening and spending time with family and friends.  He also manages the Ilam Polling Booth at each General Election.

 

Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Mobile: +64 27 352 6262 
Email: prt@taurusnz.co.nz


Russell Latimer

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Russell Latimer 

Mortgage Advisor

Russell's long career in banking and finance has taken him from Dunedin to Wellington and Christchurch and he's a sought after expert on commercial lending and mortgage advisory.

He started with CBA in Dunedin and then moved north to Wellington for 3 years before moving to Christchurch.  After moving to Christchurch he spent time in a number of roles including four years with Westpac  Merchant Finance and his last  six years with the Bank as a Commercial Manager, gaining a wealth of experience in a variety of commercial lending, including: trade finance, property financing and funding for SMEs.

Russell joined Taurus in 1999 and has since seen the company grow tenfold.  As one of its most senior experts he now plays a central advisory role for small business funding, home and property loans.

A keen rugby player in his youth Russell was hooker for Dunedin's Southern Club and  Wellington's Athletic Club, winning the Senior Championship in both cities, playing alongside the likes of Laurie Mains and against Keith Murdoch.  He also played  senior cricket for Albion CC  in Dunedin  with Glenn Turner .

Russell stays involved with sport through harness racing and is a former President and now an Honorary Life Member at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club.

Direct Dial: +64 3 345 8857 
E-mail: rwl@taurusnz.co.nz  

Jean McMorran

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Jean McMorran
Principal Administrator

Jean is an important person in Taurus as the principal administrator supporting all of the teams, overseeing reception and generally keeping the office running smoothly.

Her role also covers administration for Taurus Group, management support, managing the invoicing and supporting the Syndication team, as well as the administration for Taxation Solutions. 

She's been with Taurus for six years and says she's seen a huge growth in the amount of work, and now has two assistants in her team as a result.

Originally from the lowlands of Scotland, Jean moved to Christchurch with her husband and two children in 2003.  Her children are now grown up so she has plenty of time to enjoy socializing with family and friends, as well as Scottish country dancing and walking.


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email:jmm@taurusnz.co.nz 










Margaret Daniel

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Margaret Daniel

Administrator

As one of Taurus's administration experts Margaret is responsible for managing all the detail that keeps client accounts running smoothly.

Her job is wide-ranging from incorporating companies, to managing changes to directors and shareholdings, annual reporting and returns to the Companies Office register.  She also manages client invoicing and makes sure Taurus's accountants have the right information to support their advice, whenever needed.

Originally from the pulp and paper mill town of Kawerau in Bay of Plenty, Margaret moved from Rotoura to Christchurch with her family in late 1999 and has been with Taurus since 2013.

She's very well-travelled and spent a number of years in Spain involved in missionary work.  She is also a volunteer with the Christian Aid and Missionary charity, Bright Hope World.  With her husband, she visits South America regularly and has so far been to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.


 

Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email: mjd@taurusnz.co.nz

 


Amanda Crone

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Amanda Crone

Investor Liaison and Personal Assistant

Amanda started at Taurus in 2011 as Receptionist and PA and has recently moved departments to work with the Syndicates team part time, three days a week.

Her role includes providing executive PA and administration support to David Kitson and the Syndication & Property Advisory team. She is the first point of contact for investors, and assists other various teams.  

She moved back to New Zealand in 2009, after spending 11 years in Texas. She then studied Interior Design in Christchurch, before working in retail sales and customer relations. Recently, she has started her own part time Interior Design business. 

Amanda is also involved in charity work and has helped manage the national secondary school competition, the Young Designer Awards. She is involved with her local church, loves spending time with family and friends, and enjoys new cafés as they spring up around Christchurch. She and her new husband Matt are both looking forward to building their first home together.


Amy Throsby

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Amy Throsby

Receptionist and Personal Assistant

Amy is the person most people will see or speak to first at Taurus, as both receptionist and personal assistant.

Her dual roles keep her very busy and include making sure the office runs smoothly day-to-day, managing travel, website updates, stationery and mail, as well as Taurus's famous Friday morning tea.  She also supports the directors and helps the administration team, when needed. 

Born in Nelson, Amy grew up in Rolleston and then went to Lincoln High School before starting work.  She's also travelled including a Top Deck Tour exploring 21 American States and a move to Australia with dreams of a great lifestyle in a warmer climate, close to the sea and beaches.  But like so many she found the prospects better in New Zealand and we are very happy to have her back in Christchurch.


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email: alt@taurusnz.co.nz 

 


Anthea Kitson

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Anthea Kitson

Administrator

Anthea brings a vast array of experience to her role at Taurus after managing offices in the mainly media, education and health sectors.

Her role at Taurus covers trust account management, overseeing payables, assisting senior accountants and supporting the wide range of financial services provided by Taurus Group. 

When not at work Anthea is passionate about all aspects of the outdoors and especially enjoys tramping, cycling and gardening. Catching up with family and friends is equally important.  Anthea and Chris have three adult children, two living in NZ and one currently travelling, whom they maintain close contact with. Having experienced a good OE in their pre-children days they still enjoy travelling when they can.


Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email: atk@taurusnz.co.nz 

 


Andrew Dorgan

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Andrew Dorgan 

Manager, Capital & Finance

Andrew joined Taurus at the start of 2017 having arrived back to his home town of Christchurch after twelve years working in the banking sector in UK and Australia – he brings a lot of experience in business development and relationship management to his role of growing Taurus Group's Capital and Finance business. 

He spent seven years in London during the pre and post GFC era where he held Client Management and Sales roles at HSBC, Bank of America, and Allied Irish Bank. In 2013, Andrew and his family moved one step closer to home, and settled in Melbourne, taking up the role of Relationship Director in Westpac's Public Sector Banking Team. 

Throughout his career, Andrew's passion has always been to listen intently to his clients' requirements in order to create sustainable financial solutions. Andrew has been fortunate to have worked across a wide array of product areas such as Loans and Syndications, Asset Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Financial Markets, Trade Finance, Investment Management and Transaction Banking.

Andrew grew up in Christchurch, graduated from Otago University with a double degree (BCom, BPhEd) and left in 2002 to teach English in South Korea, before moving to England.  While in London, he achieved post graduate certificates in Treasury Management, Derivatives and Regulations from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.  He is also a member of the New Zealand Property Council.

Andrew is excited to be back and sees Christchurch as a reviving City with enormous potential and spirit, and very different to when he left.  Outside work he's enjoying time with his growing family.  He's also a keen sportsman, has completed a marathon and a triathlon and is a self-confessed "golf tragic". In the spare time he has left, Andrew keeps an eye on global markets, economics and geo-politics. 

 

Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Mobile: +64 27 556 1009
Email: ajd@taurusnz.co.nz


Danielle Armstrong

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Danielle Armstrong

Accountant

Danielle plays one of the most important roles in Taurus by being part of the team that prepares end of year accounts and tax returns for clients. 

Originally from the north east of Brazil, she has been with Taurus since 2016 after spending five years with the Canterbury District Health Board as Payroll Officer and in the Legislation and Compliance Department.  

There her roles included managing the pay roll process for over 4,000 employees, as well as overpayments, back payments and report analysis.  

Danielle studied at Piaui State University, Brazil, where she graduated in Accounting Sciences.  She then worked with her Aunt in her accounting firm whilst continuing her studies in Public Accounting.

After meeting her Kiwi husband, who was travelling and studying, they moved back to New Zealand where she completed her studies and earned a Diploma in Business, majoring in Accounting, while also learning English.

She's been in New Zealand for 12 years and she says her Brazilian heritage means she's passionate about food, enjoys cooking for family and friends, as well as discovering new restaurants in the ever-changing Christchurch.  At the weekend she loves to explore around the City with her son and husband.  

She's also involved in a charity project called Pizza Sunday helping the homeless and people in need, and like most people from her country, she loves to dance. 

Danielle is a provisional member of CAANZ and intends to complete her CA studies in the future.

 

Phone: +64 3 366 6087 
Email: dca@taurusnz.co.nz