CAANZ Northland Presidential Dinner 2016 staff photos

Our staff recently attended the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand's Northland Presidential Dinner 2016 in support of team member Vicki Cozens, who was being awarded her Chartered Accountancy certificate - a massive achievement after several years of study.  Congratulations Vicki!

Below are some great photos from the evening:

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IRD transformation - Changing for You website

Inland Revenue are transforming to try and make it faster and easier for New Zealanders and businesses to pay their tax and receive the entitlements they should.

As part of this transformation Inland Revenue have created a website called "Changing for You", where they share their vision for the future of tax with small businesses and provide an opportunity for you to tell Inland Revenue your opinions. Inland Revenue are keen to hear your ideas for making tax easier.

Click on the link below to let them know what you think!

"Changing for You" website

Commercial property update

Commercial property yields are currently about 1.5 percentage points above bank rates, making investing in commercial property attractive to investors. There is a strong occupier demand in Auckland and Christchurch, however many developers have chosen not to invest as the rent they would need to charge to make a return would be unaffordable to potential tenants.


New Zealand economy is expected to slow down in 2018, which may mean higher vacancy rates in lower grade buildings.


Reference:  Westpac Industry Insights June 2016

Has an employee abandoned their job?

Employers often make the mistake of thinking an employee has abandoned their job simply because they did not turn up for work.

The employer then assumes they can dismiss the employee.  However, employers need to establish whether the employee has any intention of returning to work and needs to make every effort to contact the employee before any decision is made on ending the employment. 

If an employee intends on coming back to work, any unexplained/unapproved absence should be treated as a disciplinary matter, not abandonment, and an investigation should be commenced on their return.  The investigation should give the employee an opportunity to explain their absence before any conclusion is made.

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Xero is moving to a new cloud storage platform

Xero is moving to their new AWS hosting platform.

They will be doing this over the next month on Sunday mornings during the hours of 6am - 8am.

Please note you may experience minor interruptions if you are working in Xero during these hours.

Click the below link to see the full announcement from Xero:

Xero announcement

Changes to Health and Safety Act

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force on 4 April 2016

The Act works to focus effort on what matters, based on business risk, control and size, with the key emphasis being everyone in the workplace being responsible for health and safety.

There is a duty imposed on employers to engage with employees on an ongoing basis on matters concerning health and safety such as:

  • identifying hazards and assessing risks
  • eliminating/minimising hazards and risks
  • considering the adequacy of facilities
  • any proposed changes to systems and procedures

For many businesses this will be facilitated through health and safety representatives and committees.  All large businesses (regardless of risk) and small businesses with fewer than 20 employees in high risk sectors will be required to have a health and safety representative, only if an employee asks for one. One individual may represent all employees, or the workplace can be divided into separate workgroups, each with an individual representative.  A health and safety committee must also be established on request of the representative or five or more employees.

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Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA)

Changes to the RTA aim to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths and to make homes warmer, drier and safer for the million New Zealanders who live in rental accommodation.

Some of the proposed changes are:

Smoke Alarms

  • From 1 July residential rental homes will need to have working smoke alarms installed. Any replacement alarms installed after that date will need to have long life batteries and a photoelectric sensor. Hardwired smoke alarms are also permitted.
  • Tenants will be responsible for replacing worn-out batteries in the smoke alarms and informing their landlords of any defects.


  • All residential rental homes in New Zealand will be required to have insulation. Social housing (where tenants pay an income related rent) must be insulated by 1 July 2016 and all other rental homes by July 2019.

Landlords will be required to provide a statement on the tenancy agreement about the location, type and condition of insulation in the rental home.

Tax Pooling

Have you got high tax bills? Have you got fluctuating profits? Are you paying too much interest on your taxes?

Talk to us about using Tax Pooling to minimise your interest costs and maximise your interest returns.

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Major changes to tax system

Inland Revenue are in the process of overhauling the tax system which include major changes which could affect you.

To find out more, click on the link below:

Making tax simpler - summary of better business tax

Keep your bank account updated

Bank account details must be maintained with Inland Revenue

Please be aware Inland Revenue will deposit your tax refunds directly into a bank account if they hold one on file for you. This can lead to issues when the bank account is old, closed or not even your own!

We will liaise with Inland Revenue on your behalf to keep the details updated and correct.

Please let us know the bank account you would like to use for tax refund deposits by e-mailing the details to our office at

Residential land withholding tax (RLWT)

The Taxation (Residential Land Withholding Tax, GST on Online Services, and Student Loans) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on Friday 13 May 2016.

From 1 July 2016 this introduces a requirement to have residential land withholding tax (RLWT) withheld from a sale/disposal of residential land where:

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2016 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards

Entries for the 2016 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards are now open.

To find out more, click on the link below:

8 Ways To Get People To Take You More Seriously

Powerful Ways To Get People To Take You More Seriously.

Getty photo

Do you ever feel like nobody takes you seriously at work?

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Dr Travis Bradberry - Co-author Emotional intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart.

Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

This is an arrangement in which overseas travellers volunteer 4 to 6 hours labour per day in exchange for food, accommodation and the opportunity to learn about sustainable living.

Immigration NZ see these arrangements as paid work and as such require participants to hold an 'open' work visa. The value of the food and accommodation should be treated as wages for the volunteer and PAYE returned. The PAYE would most likely be at the no notification rate as many WWOOFers will not have an IRD number.

If you require further information on these topics please contact our office.


Taxation of shearers

When employing a shearer or shed hand the two tax codes to be declared on the tax code declaration form (IR330) are CAE or WT.

  • The casual agricultural employee (CAE) tax code is used when a person is employed on a day to day basis for up to three months (any longer they are a standard employee).
    • Tax is deducted using the current PAYE calculator.
  • Withholding tax (WT) is required to be deducted if a shearing contractor is employed. This deduction is not required if a current certificate of exemption is presented.
    • Withholding tax is deducted at the current rate. At present this is 15% if a tax declaration form has been provided or 30% if not.

In both cases the employee must complete an IR330 Tax declaration form.

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Chartered Accountant
Pam Brown
Accounting Technician
Sally Adams
Chartered Accountant
Suzie Dossett
Denise Bellamy
Tax Administration
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Renee Marais
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