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NZ Bookkeeping profession celebrates new level of support

Media release 7th August 2014

NZ Bookkeeping profession celebrates new level of support
– and congratulates 2014 award winners

Bookkeepers throughout New Zealand will soon be feeling the love from the NZ Bookkeepers Association Inc (NZBAI). The Association, which developed a set of long-awaited industry standards in 2010, has now pledged its commitment to providing more educational resources, further training and to raising the profile of the profession.

Details of several new initiatives were announced on Friday at the industry’s annual conference in Auckland. These included a new working relationship with online business accounting course specialist, the Career Academy, to provide better career advice, the allocation of new sponsorship funds for nationwide training events and an annual ‘thank your bookkeeper’ day on 19th March.

Lisa Martin, NZBAI Vice-President, explains that bookkeepers are the ones who keep the cogs of New Zealand business turning. “The role of a professional bookkeeper sits at the heart of every business. Bookkeepers pay the wages, keep tabs on debit and credit, GST and tax. They can spot fraudulent transactions and can tell you where your business is heading.”

“Bookkeeping is a growing profession and yet bookkeepers are still very much the unsung heroes of New Zealand business. There’s a misconception that anyone ‘can do the books’. The NZBAI is hoping to turn the tables by investing more in professional development as well as helping others understand the part that bookkeepers play in the smooth running of our economy,” she says.

Also announced at the conference were the 2014 NZBAI Award winners.

“The 2014 NZBAI award winners are just some of the shining examples of the fantastic
work that bookkeepers do for New Zealand businesses, well done to you all, ” Ms Martin adds.

Bookkeeper of the Year – Mary Moore, Accounts2U, Wellington.
Bookkeeping Practice of the Year – Sue Inkersell, 3rd Arm Admin, Wellington.
Bookkeeping Trainer of the Year – Stephanie Crawford, JADA Accounts & Bookkeeping, Auckland.
Emerging Bookkeeper of the Year – Naomi Starr, Auckland.
Bookkeeping Community Contributor – Heidi Seal, Bay Business Services, Tauranga.
Bookkeeping Marketing Innovation – Gayle Buchanan, Number Nurses Ltd, Auckland.

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