Welcome to our newest team members

Left; Dot Larsen joins our accounting team in the Morrinsville office as Senior Accountant. Dot is based in Hamilton, has two grown children and is kept very busy with her hobbies of running, rowing & renovating. 

Second Left; Natasha Murrihy joined our Morrinsville team in August as our friendly receptionist. Previously working part time in Hamilton, Natasha brings with her a BA in Theatre and a Graduate Diploma in Event Management. Natasha lives in Hamilton with her husband and enjoys reading, cooking and playing sport in her spare time.

Second Right; Tash Walker recently moved back to the Waikato area after living in Napier. Tash was born and bred in Cambridge and is part of large family. She brings some great knowledge in not only accounting, but our practice management systems and will be a great asset to the accounting team in Morrinsville.

Right; Kristy Clarke recently relocated from Rotorua to a dairy Farm in Tauhei with her family. Kristy joins our accounting team in Morrinsville and has very good experience in Rural accounting. She keeps busy with her two young children and helping on the farm.



Welcome to our two newest team members

Left; Mohammad Shafiullah, who joined our accouting team in Morrinsville, resides in Hamilton with his spouse and young son.
He completed his Masters of Professional Accounting qualification from the University of Waikato and is currently working towards his CA.

Right; Harrison Taylor, who also joins our accounting team in Morrinsville, is from Matamata and before taking a gap year, completed his Bachelor
degree in Commerce and spends his spare time playing football.

Welcome to the team Mohammad and Harrison!


Westpac Chopper Appeal, St Patricks Day and Easter....

The CooperAitken team loves an opportunity to dress up and have some fun....

Congratulations to Megan Wood on becoming Mrs Potter

Megan Wood (our in-house lawyer and Trust & Companies Division Manger) recently got married to her long-time partner, Scott on their family farm in a beautiful rural setting. Sounds like a fantastic day. Congrats to you both!!

Farewell to Christine Maber

Christine started with CooperAitken in 1998. 
In the nearly 20 years that Christine has been here she has contributed greatly to the accounting team. 
We wish Christine all the best with her well deserved time off.


Welcome to Raewyne Paterson

We welcome Raewyne to the accounting team in our Thames office.
Raewyne recently made the move from Matamata to Waiomu where she now lives with her husband and son.


Welcome to Rachel Knight


Welcome to Rachel, who has joined our Morrinsville office as a Grad Accountant.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Accounting and has recently spent time travelling around Europe.
Rachel is a Hamilton local and enjoys spending time with friends and playing netball in her spare time.


Welcome to Raj Sivanathan


Welcome to Raj, who has also joined our Morrinsville office as a Grad Accountant.
Raj lives in Hamilton with his wife, and is expecting his first child this year. Raj enoys sports and fishing and is excited to join our team.


Welcome to Harmon Singh


Harmon joined the accounting team in our Morrinsville office in January.
Harmon has several years of accounting experience working in a firm in Hamilton, and recently made the move to Morrinsville to be closer to family. Harmon enjoys spending time with friends, family and helping his parents on their family dairy farm.


Welcome to Sarah Imeson

Sarah joined our team in January as our Marketing and Communications Adviser.
She has a strong background in Communications studying at Waikato University then travelling & living abroad. Sarah lives in Matamata
with her husband and two kids and works in our Morrinsville office Monday - Wednesday.


Congratulations to Jess Horrox


Accountant in our Morrinsville office, Jess Horrox, recently achieved 100% on her capstone module for her Chartered Accountants program.
A fantastic achievement, Well done Jess!



Farewell to Shirley Scherer

After 32 years with CooperAitken, Shirley made the hard decision to leave and take some time for herself.
Shirley has worked with many of our clients during this time, and had a big part in developing and running our Companies Division as Manager.
We wish Shirley all the very best, she will be very missed.



Congratulations to Carissa Tolley on becoming Mrs Cressy

Our Matamata based Associate, Carissa Tolley, become Mrs Cressy in a beautiful ceremony at The Boatshed Karapiro on 16, December 2016.
Congrats Carissa.


Congratulations to Mohini Goundar on her marriage

Team member, Mohini Goundar was married in a beautiful traditional wedding in Hamilton on 10, December 2016.
A few of our team members had the pleasure of attending. Congrats Mohini.


Congratulations to Peter and Vanessa Hexter

Director, Peter and Vanessa (who many will know from our accounting team) welcomed their second daughter, Charlee Ann Hexter into the world on Sunday, 25 September 2016. To the delight of big sister Summer – who will be two in March.

Vanessa plans to take the full year off with Charlee and then return to CooperAitken.

Peter and Vanessa thank you so much for your kind words and wishes.


Congratulations to Troy Hallet, and new wife, Casey.

Troy and Casey were married in a beautiful garden setting on Saturday, 29 October 2016.
Best wishes to the married couple!


CooperAitken dressed in up for 'Pink Day' in support of Breast Cancer

Congratulations to Jess Horrox

Jess was awarded (through the Chartered Accountants programme) three Certificates in Merit in recognition of Outstanding Perfomance in Audit and Assurance, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting.



Welcome to Lindsay Russell

We welcome our newest team member, Lindsay Russell, who has joined our Morrinsville office. Lindsay has a good background in accounting, working in various accounting firms, and lives locally in the Waikato with her husband. She looks forward to working here at CooperAitken.

Welcome to the team, Lindsay! 



New Arrival's





Congratulations to Peter and Vanessa Hexter on the arrival of their
second girl, Charlee Ann born 25/09/2016.








Congratulations to Tim Fitzpatrick and his partner Charlotte,

on the arrival of their baby girl, Ashley Rose.








Welcome to Catherine Chaney

We welcome our newest team member, Catherine Chaney, who has joined the accounting team in our Morrinsville office. Catherine is currently studying through Massey University and lives with her two children in Morrinsville.

Welcome to our team at CooperAitken, Catherine!

The team getting into spirit of the Rio Olympics...


Welcome to Melissa Van Niekerk

Welcome to Melissa who has recently joined the team in our Thames office.
Melissa recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa. She is loving New Zealand and is looking forward to meeting with some of our clients.


Congratulations to Michelle Brace

Michelle Brace (who works in our Morrinsville office) has been nominated for Massey Business School's Academic Excellence Awards for top performing students in the 2015 academic year. Michelle is studing towards a Bachelor in Business Studies majoring in Accounting. Michelle joined the team at CooperAitken in January this year as payroll support, managing payroll for a number of our clients. We wish Michelle well with the rest of her studies.


Meeting with Bill English

A special meeting was held in Thames with local accountants and the Honourable Bill English (Finance Minister and acting Prime Minister) along with Scott Simpson (local MP).  The purpose of the meeting was for us to raise and discuss issues significant to our clients.  Bill English also provided a brief update on some of the issues from the Governments Perspective.

CooperAitken staff in attendance were Trevor Cooper, Cameron McGill, Alan Bloom and Rory Noorland  (pictured below).


Our Mid-Year Christmas Party 

We recently had our Mid-year Christmas Party in Matamata for our staff.
This was at the Matamata Golf Club. Dinner & dessert were served, a local band played, a photo booth supplied
some extra fun and the team danced the night away. 


Robotic Milking Machines

We had the pleasure of being invited to Ben & Justine Cameron's farm where they have Robotic milking machines.
We were given a tour of their cowshed and saw the robotic machines in action. What an experience!!



A few of the team recently visited Ben and Justine Cameron’s farm to see their robotic milking machines first hand.

Megan said “It was a great experience and the technology is amazing.” They have six robotic machines and the cows come into the shed to be milked as they please, most twice but some will come in three times a day.

The team saw the robotic machines in action and had a  tour of the shed, which gave them an  insight into how the operation works. Ben and Justine have started their second season and said  that most of the initial ‘speedbumps’ have been ironed out and they are starting to see the positive benefits.

Maree Munro, CEO said, “Ben gave us some good insight on the positive impact the change has had on the farm business, as well as the herd and the people working there.”

The team was very grateful to Ben and Justine for taking the time to share their experiences of this innovative farming approach.





Professional Peers Breakfast 

Wednesday, 29 June we had a breakfast for our professional peers with our very own, Rory Noorland, presenting on the 
Bright-line Rule. A great presentation by Rory and thoroughly enjoyed, thanks to those that braved the very dark and rainy
morning to come along!


Our Xero & Figured Presentation 


Tuesday, 28 June we invited our clients along to see Tom Loosley and Neil Landers present on the software program, Xero and
farmers add-on, Figured. We had a good turn out and the presentation was enjoyed by all.


Imrans Sabbatical

Imran Raza, director, will be on sabbatical leave from 4 July to 8 August. In Imran’s absence please contact either his client manager, Linda Mason-Riseborough  or his personal assistant, Kim Bruce.

Congratulations Gemma


She received a 10 year long service award here at CooperAitken.

Thank you for all your hard work over the years. 





New Arrivals          





Rory and Selina welcomed a gorgeous wee boy,
Ashford Bowie-George on 3rd June weighing 7 pd 7 oz.










Tracy and Keegan welcome a baby girl, Stella Williams. Also, Sharlotte and Glen welcome their new baby boy, Blake McFarlane. 



CooperAitken dressed in purple to support Endometriosis New Zealand

CooperAitken dressed in green for St Patrick's Day

Cameron McGill

We welcome Cameron McGill to the Thames Office as the Branch Manager. We are pleased to have the addition of Cameron to our Thames office. 

Cameron comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience having spent the last 8 years in Australia working as a Chief Financial Officer and running his own Accounting firm. Previous to that he worked in New Zealand as an investigator for Fisheries and a Senior Customs Officer.

Having a young family with three small girls the McGill family are eagerly looking forward to leaving the hustle and bustle of Auckland for the ideal life in the Coromandel and Thames.


Four of our team members received long service awards this week. Vanessa Hexter and Carissa Tolley have been with us for 10 years, while Linda Mason-Riseborough and Joan Coffey have now been with us for 20 years. Thank you for all your hard work ladies. 


Well done to Sarah Pothecary who was accepted by NZICA as a Provisional CA member. Sarah said “It has been a long hard road to get this far but CooperAitken have been fantastic in their support and encouragement. I’m now looking forward to completing the Chartered Accountant Program.

Change of roles in Morrinsville 

Bec Morris has been appointed as Personal Assistant to Grant Eddy and Peter Hexter, you can contact Bec on 07 889 88, Maree Sattler, previously PA to Grant is now our Office Manager.

Welcome Chelsea

We welcome Chelsea to our team. She will joining out Matamata team as an accountant. We're very pleased to have her on board. 

Health and Safety Seminars

We held two seminars on the 24th and 25th of February. We are pleased with how well they went and we would like to thank our presenters, our own John Brosnan and Robyn Pickett, and our two guest presenters Gavin Thomas and Louise Clark. 



To Chloe and Cam on the arrival of their baby girl, Ava.              To Amy and Craig Coombes on the birth of their second son, Toby.













CooperAitken dressed in pink to support Breast Cancer.......




























CooperAitken getting in the Rugby World Cup Spirit........




















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