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We are an established, solutions-focused team of accountants who are motivated to provide outstanding service to our clients.

We have been trusted advisors to the local business community since 1998 and we’re proud of our diverse and knowledgeable team. We follow the same continuous businesses improvement practices that we advise our clients on, so we know what works.

The Manawatu region is home to a cross-section of businesses, from farming to hospitality and tourism, we enjoy the challenges that this variety brings.  We thrive on the opportunity to support our clients through each stage of their business development and growth.

We are one of the largest accountancy firms in the region with a wide range of experience and knowledge for our clients to call upon. So talk to one of our solutions-focused team and discover why so many clients choose Bennett Currie as their trusted advisors.

Yes, we can make a difference.

­­Sinclair Richardson

Director
Chartered Accountant
Sinclair Richardson was born and bred in the Manawatu. Becoming a Director in 2006 was a great achievement and Sinclair has excelled in this role ever since. With 20+ years experience, Sinclair enjoys working with a wide range of clients, many of whom have become great friends. Read more...
Outside of work, Sinclair enjoys travelling with his amazing wife. He also enjoys cars having 5 in his collection and dreams to collect more, if only his wife would let him. Thanks to family and friends there is also an ever increasing collection of garden gnomes.

Ryan Ayers

Director
Chartered Accountant
I am a Manawatu born and bred Chartered Accountant with vast public practice and commercial experience. Having started my accounting career with PricewaterhouseCoopers Read more...
and after several years experience in public practice, I began my commercial career in London in 2003. I have worked in finance for large multi-national public companies in Europe and before joining Bennett Currie, I was Chief Financial Officer for a $20m turnover multi-site organisation with its head office in Palmerston North. I believe my experience on 'both sides of the fence' is of huge benefit to my clients. Not only have I been advising businesses but I have been running businesses as well, so my experience across all business disciplines is a huge asset. I cut my teeth on farm accounting and still have a passion for the primary sector today. Farm accounting can be seen to be complex but with the combined years of experience and technical knowledge at Bennett Currie, we can debunk the myth. We are rural accounting specialists. I have a passion for business development and having both advised and worked in several industries, I have the credentials to make a difference in your business. I believe your accountant should not just be your compliance expert but also your number one business advisor. I live in Feilding, am married to Kate and have two young sons, Jackson and Thomas. I am an avid sports fan and play tennis and golf when time permits but most of my spare time is taken up entertaining the kids and the family Labrador, Senna. We love spending as much time as possible at Foxton and Ohope beaches.

David Collis

Senior Associate
I have over 27 years accountancy experience working with a wide range of clients in a variety of industries. I look after many cafes, service stations, tradies, IT consultants and dairies as clients. Read more...
Some of these span as far south as Wellington, and as far north as New Plymouth and across to Hawkes Bay. This means I've become expert in these industries, and can offer effective advice by noting trends and KPI's in the successful (and unsuccessful) businesses. But I'm not limited to those industries - I’ve assisted many others set up in business as they take the plunge from being in the safety of paid private employment to the more unknown world of being self-employed - and I look after a few farmers too. It’s the staff, clients and latest technology that make working at Bennett Currie so enjoyable. Originally from England, I grew up in Feilding and later moved to Palmerston North. I have three children - Noah, Reid & Ayla, who occupy most of my spare time. I’ve given up playing rugby but still manage to coach the boy’s team, walk, spin, swim and gym a couple of times each week.

Peter Fowell

Senior Accountant
I assist our clients on a day to day basis with the various issues they face. I have a particular interest in rural accounting which offers many challenges in today’s current economic climate. Read more...
I’ve worked at Bennett Currie for over 30 years and have constantly enjoyed working alongside my colleagues and our clients over that time. I enjoy spending time with my young family, watching/playing sport and reading a good book. Our annual family camp is something I look forward to each year.

Alan Currie

Consultant
Chartered Accountant
I am involved with accounting services and taxation services and advice - particularly property accounting and business structures. Read more...
Bennett Currie is a go-ahead firm, specialising in personal service, timely advice and an informal approach to accounting. I am passionate about music and most sports.

Dion Stratford

Chartered Accountant
In my 20 years at Bennett Currie, I have worked with a wide variety of clients. My primary role at Bennett Currie is the compilation of financial statements (including farm accounting), Read more...
calculating tax returns, income forecasting, and tax planning . I also have extensive report customisation experience. I have made close friendships with a number of my workmates, and learned an extensive amount about accounting processes. I love sport (particularly cricket, rugby and football), both playing and watching (though not very good at the former). I love watching movies, travelling and spending time with my wife and son.

Nikki Evans

Administration Manager
I started working for Bennett Currie in April 2010 as an Administrator. I am now the Administration Manager working closely with the partners and staff to assist with the smooth running of this fantastic company. Read more...
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My husband, our two boys and myself enjoy outdoor activities together including walking, biking and fishing.

Karlena Newman

Account Manager
I joined the Bennett Currie team in January 2017. I have over 20 year’s experience in office and administration roles, with the last 10 years being small business accounting and bookkeeping. Read more...
My role here is account manager for several farming clients. Bennett Currie is a great working environment whereby they value their staff and clients alike, and there is a real family like atmosphere. I live in Palmerston North with my husband, Troy and our two kids, Boston and India, who keep us busy. I love spending time with my family and friends outside of work.

Eva Snow

Tax Administrator
Overseas Degree (Linguistics) Originally from Russia, I have a teaching degree from a university of linguistics. I came to New Zealand in 2000, studied accountancy at Massey University Read more...
and have 4 years of experience of working in a CA environment prior to joining Bennett Currie in 2010. Bennett Currie is comprised of wonderful people, all very different yet all extremely intelligent, knowledgeable and highly professional. Add to it great sense of humour and ability to enjoy life and have fun outside work – and pretty much you will have an idea why it is so interesting and rewarding to work with this team.

Chloe Richardson

Chartered Accountant
Chloe Richardson joined Bennett Currie in 2010 and became a CA in 2012. She loves supporting her clients in their successes and working with them through the tough times. Her clients think she is a star. She enjoys the ever changing industry and embraces new technologies and software. Read more...
Chloe also works closely with several not-for-profits and loves helping them continue their great work within the community. Outside of work she has volunteered with Camp Quality NZ and Business Mentors. Chloe and Sinclair married in 2016 and make a great team on and off the field. Chloe loves travelling and is a grab-a-seat addict. It is rare for her and Sinclair not to have an adventure planned.

Isaac Benefield

Chartered Accountant
I joined the Bennett Currie team in March 2018 after gaining a couple of years experience from another local firm. I have completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, Taxation and Commercial Law from Wellington University. Read more...
I have also completed my Chartered Accountancy. My role at Bennett Currie is to prepare annual accounts, GST’s and tax returns for a wide range of clients. Outside of work I enjoy spending time playing rugby, cricket and hanging out with friends and family.

Matthew Wilson

Accountant
Originally I am from Palmerston North. I moved to Wellington where I studied and graduated at Victoria University with a Bcom in Accounting, commercial law and tax. Read more...
I joined the Bennett Currie team in 2016 and have enjoyed working in such a friendly and productive environment. My tasks include preparing annual accounts, GST and tax returns. In my spare time I enjoy playing football and watching rugby league.

Katie Millen

Receptionist / Administration
I am a new addition to the team joining Bennett Currie as the new receptionist/administrator in May 2019. I grew up in Taumarunui and have been living in Palmerston North since 2015. I have around 5 years experience working in customer service roles. I am also interested in accounting and plan to study this part time. Read more...
Outside of work I enjoy singing and playing guitar, playing football, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. I feel very fortunate to have become a part of a company that is generous, supportive and welcoming and provides excellent accounting services to its wide range of clients. The team at Bennett Currie is dedicated, talented and highly experienced.

Jo Harley

Administration
I joined the team at Bennett Currie, in January 2017. I have many years experience in administration, customer service and sales, mainly in the farming sector. Read more...
My main role is to assist Nikki in administration tasks as required, which makes for an interesting, varied work load. In the short time I have been at Bennett Currie, I have found it to be a supportive, friendly work environment. My husband Richard and I have two adult daughters and a very friendly Staffy called Jack.
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