The Muster ft. Erin Howes - buying farm vehicles

October 29  2021

Macdonald Perniskie Partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Muir from The Muster, talking about all things happening in the financialMacdonald Perniskie partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Muir from The Muster to talk about the do's and don'ts of buying farm vehicles. If you missed the live interview, catch up on it here! 

The Muster ft. Erin Howes - Farm succession and tax

October 13 2021

Macdonald Perniskie Partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Muir from The Muster, talking about all things happening in the financialMacdonald Perniskie partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Muir from The Muster to talk about farm succession and tax. If you missed the live interview, catch up on it here! 

The Muster ft. Erin Howes - stock reconciliation

September 23, 2021

Every second week Macdonald Perniskie Partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Muir from The Muster. They talk about all things happening in the financial world. If you miss the live interview, catch up on it right here!

Get to know... Bridget Windle 


Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: I started pretty much from school 34 years ago, and hope to leave as a pensioner!  Well, that’s my plan anyway.

Q: Always wanted to be an accountant?
A:
 My original position was as a Computer Clerk when computing was in its infancy, and when computing and accounting programs became less complicated, I also took on the position of Receptionist/Clerk, and I love my job. As a child, I did always want to be a postie; I liked the idea of riding a bike around the streets and giving people letters and parcels, but after a short stint quite a few years ago as a fill in courier driver for a friend, I decided it was not for me.  I most certainly appreciate the job that I have.  My other love is movies and luckily, I have been given the opportunity to work at St James Theatre in Gore one night a week.

Q: Favourite part of your job?
A: Dealing with clients and ensuring that their accounting needs are met speedily and efficiently.

Q: Ten-year goal? 
A: 
To continue to do the best that I can for both the clients and the business.  I won’t be a pensioner by then, but I will be close…

Q: At school you were known for? 
A: My mother was a teacher, so I had to behave. 

Q: What sporting achievement are you most proud of? 
A: My achievements in swimming.

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: It’s quite hard to sum yourself up in three words, but I like to think that I keep other’s confidences, like to dress well, and keep fit.

Q: Now we’re being encouraged to explore our own backyard, what’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why?
A:  
I would like to take my time travelling right around the South Island.  I have travelled to a lot of places overseas, but I have never been to the West Coast.  Or Stewart Island for that matter.  It’s time I explored my own back yard.

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?
 
A: Linda Carter (the original Wonder Woman), Cher and Roger Helliwell (the founder of RJ’s Licorice) could bring a lifetime supply (just kidding) - a big gift basket of RJ’s licorice.

The Muster ft. Erin Howes - Covid-19 wage subsidy + resurgence package 

August 23, 2021

Every second week Macdonald Perniskie Partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Muir from The Muster. They talk about all things happening in the financial world. If you miss the live interview, catch up on it right here!


The Muster ft. Erin Howes - Kiwisaver for the self employed 

June 23, 2021

Every second week Macdonald Perniskie Partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Thompson from The Muster. They talk about all things happening in the financial world. If you miss the live interview, catch up on it right here!


Get to know... Keriann Borlase


Q: What is your job? 
A:
Accounting Technician

Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: 10 years 

Q: When did you know you wanted to be an accountant?
A:
 I didn’t. I was originally employed at MP to do filing and general office duties for two days a week. When my children started school, I was offered the opportunity to extend my hours and take on an accountancy role. I found it quite difficult at first, after having had 'baby brain' for the previous five years, but with the guidance and encouragement from some experienced seniors in the firm I soon got the hang of it. I actually love it now and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Every year gets better.

Q: What was your childhood dream job?
A: : I always wanted to be a veterinarian as I spent a great deal of my childhood caring for our random variety of pets. Unfortunately a visit to my friend's Dad's vet clinic squashed that dream on the spot. The confronting sight and awful smell of a dog with a leg infection immediately brought about the reality that being a vet would not mean cuddling kittens & puppies every day.

Q: Favourite part of your job?
A: 
Two favourites. First – I thoroughly enjoy learning! I just about learn something new every day, it’s very empowering. Second - would have to be some of the banter with my colleagues. I work with some very clever and funny people.

Q: Who is someone your admire, and why? 
A: I admire anyone who shows kindness and empathy to others. My mother is the epitome of these traits and I absolutely admire her for it.

Q: What’s your favourite weekend activity?
A: At the moment it’s carting and watching the kids with their winter sports and following the local Albion Rugby Team. Summertime it's straight to the crib in Te Anau, every chance we get. Boating, biking, walking, relaxing at the lake/on the deck/ down at the local/sharing a cold one with our friends and family is what we call absolute bliss!

Q: Now we’re being encouraged to explore our own backyard, what’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why?
A:  
Northland and the Coromandel. It looks so beautiful up there. We are going on a camper trip there later this year – I can’t wait!

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?
 
A: This one was so hard (any kind of decent dinner party should have at least a dozen people) but since I can only choose three, I’d have to go with my late husband Horis and our two children Neve & Wils. I would love him to see & talk with these awesome young humans, my partner Daniel and my village are helping me to raise.

Q: What do you love about Southland?
A:
Gore is such a beautiful town to live in and raise children. There is an abundance of unspoilt places right on our doorstep and such a wide variety of sporting, cultural, historical and social facilities available for all ages. Southlanders are well known for their warm hospitality and can-do attitude. They 'shop local, support local' and that’s exactly what I love most about our community – the people.

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The Muster ft. Erin Howes (May 5)

Every second week Macdonald Perniskie Partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Thompson from The Muster. They talk about all things happening in the financial world. If you miss the live interview, catch up on it right here!

Get to know... Tabitha Marr

Q: Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: 9 months

Q: Always wanted to be an accountant? 
A:
 I enjoyed doing accounting at school, but I was very indecisive when I left school with what I wanted to do. 

Q: Favourite part of your job? 
A: I love learning. I always enjoyed school and learning new things. I find it very rewarding when you finally understand something that has been difficult to grasp.

Q: What achievement are you most proud of? 
A: 
I was an ice skater for 13 years and travelled all over NZ competing in the sport.. 

Q: Who do you admire the most? 
A: My parents. They have always supported my choices and encouraged me to do the best I can. 

Q: What’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: I would love to explore the North Island. I have been to the big cities but I would love to see more of it, especially right at the top!

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?  A: Both my Grandads & Gran. I would love to sit down with them all one last time.

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The Muster ft. Erin Howes (April 14)


Every second week Macdonald Perniskie Partner Erin Howes catches up with Andy Thompson from The Muster. They talk about all things happening in the financial world. If you miss the live interview, catch up on it right here!

Get to know... Lisa Blondell 

Q: Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A:  Approximately 4 years, but I have been in the accountancy industry for 19 years.

Q: Always wanted to be an accountant? 
A:
 I originally wanted to be a flight attendant to travel the world but after travelling to the UK as a teenager I realised it wasn’t for me.

Q: Favourite part of your job? 
A: Talking with clients and helping them to understand their accounting needs.

Q: Ten-year goal? 
A:  Not sure….would love for my husband and I to travel to England to show him where I was born but this one will have to wait due to world events for now.

Q: What sporting achievement are you most proud of? 
A: 
Does purchasing the local sports shop count?  I am constantly learning a wide array of sporting genres and am proud to be helping to keep our local community active and involved in a range of sports.

Q: When you were at school you were known for…? 
A: President of the 'Mini Association' (haha!) my brother began his interest in restoring Mini Cooper's while I was still at school and from this we had 5 Mini’s at home. I drove a different one to school each day.

Q: Who do you admire the most? 
A: My parents, they emigrated from England when I was a little girl.  They packed up their 3 kids and all their worldly possessions into a shipping container and moved half way round way the world for a better quality of life for us. 

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: Conscientious, caring and tenacious.

Q: What’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: Golden Bay – I would like to explore the beautiful  Abel Tasman National Park as I enjoy tramping.

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party? 
A: Princess Diana, my grandmother on my Mum’s side and my Mum.

Get to know... Erin Howes

Q: How long have you been at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: I kicked off my career at MP after I finished my study at the end of 2006.  You can do the math here…. saying it out loud makes me realise how long I have been here.

Q: How long have you been a partner at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: 10 years

Q: Have you always wanted to be an accountant? 
A:  No. I finished High School and went and had an education called LIFE.  Whilst working at Alliance cutting meat I had an idea that accounting might be a good option and the rest was history. 

Q: What motivates you?
A: Just being a better human in general motivates me. That said if you throw any sort of competition at me then my motivation levels would go from 0 to 10 in a flash.

Q: What is your favourite part of your job? 
A: Talking to clients.  I love to talk.  I get real kick out of seeing my clients on their journey and helping them on the rollercoaster that is business.

Q: What is your ten-year goal? 
A: I try not to get ahead of myself to much.  Especially now you made me answer the first question... the thought of adding another 10 years onto it is slightly frightening.

Q: What achievement are you most proud of? 
A: My family.  

Q: When you were at school you were known for…? 
A: My curly hair and having far too much to say.

Q: Who do you admire the most? 
A: The women in my family.  They all know how to move mountains and get things done.

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: Compassionate.  Resilient.  Ruthless.

Q: What’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: Stewart Island.  This may come as a shock to people as I have lived most of my life in Southland.  It’s a little embarrassing really.

Q: Where is the most unique place you have visited? 
A: Catlins. The landscape is raw and it’s the cleanest air you will suck into your lungs.

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?
 A: Beyonce. The Queen. Michael Jordan.

Get to know... Deanna Sherriff

Q: Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: I worked for Alan Mcdonald in a number of roles from 2005 when I first came to Queenstown, then for the firm from 2014. I’ve recently returned again, after being gone for the past two and a half years. I’m like a boomerang and I keep coming back! 

Q: Have you always wanted to be an accountant? 
A: I never thought I would be an accountant! I always thought I would be something more in the physical world like a personal trainer or a forensic scientist. Ended up in finance and enjoyed it. There are so many options within the industry, I have a flexible role and am able to work around my kids.

Q: Favourite part of your job? 
A: Building client relationships! I’m quite a social person, I like the interaction. Being an accountant is not just about sitting at your computer making everything balance. We want to listen and explore that journey with clients.

Q: Ten-year goal? 
A: Climbing the ladder, I’ve always wanted to develop myself as a person and look out for new areas of achievements. 

Q: What sporting achievement are you most proud of? 
A: I’ve had various sporting achievements. I’m proud of both riding the Mototapu and recently Queenstown half marathon with very little training. I got it done in two hours and one minute, aiming for two hours… I wasn’t even planning to do it until 7pm the night before!

Q: When you were at school you were known for…? 
A: Being a fast runner. I was always a runner at school, always came first or second and always wanted to win.

Q: Who do you admire the most in your life? 
A: My 2 daughters. They are there to support me in every way, they bring a lot of happiness into my life. They’re caring, supportive, motivated – we all bounce off each other which is awesome.

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: Enthusiastic, professional, efficient

Q: What’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: Akaroa. I’ve never been but it sounds beautiful and relaxing

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?  
A: Kate Middleton - she inspires me, Beauden Barret  - my All Blacks Idol, and my grandmother Vera who would love to sit with Kate. My grandmother reminded me of the Queen, always dressed like the Queen, always wore a lapel broach, always immaculately dressed and had the most amazing jewellery.

Volunteering in the community – Karen Heslip

Our people are our greatest asset – and Karen Heslip (pictured below, front in the bright green wig) embodies the values we hold dear.

 Not only is she a busy woman juggling her role as an accountant at Macdonald Perniskie’s Gore office since 2015, raising a family and looking after their sheep and beef farms at Pukerau and Moa Flat, she’s also a stalwart community volunteer and advocate for the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF).

It’s a cause dear to her heart and a way of repaying the CCF team for their support in helping her and her family through their youngest son’s cancer journey and through the pain of losing him in 2001.

Since then, Karen has helped co-ordinate CCF’s annual street appeal and other fundraising ventures in the south, supported families going through cancer, and shared her story with various groups to help raise awareness for those in need.  One of her most rewarding experiences is helping organise social activities and family camps for families going through cancer so they can connect with each other outside the hospital environment to relax, chat and enjoy activities together.

Karen has also supported CCF behind the scenes in administrative and governance roles.  In 2001, she became secretary – and then Chair - of the Southland branch committee.  She then became Chair of the wider Otago/Southland regional committee and joined CCF’s National Board in 2011.  This governance role gives Karen a chance to represent and be a ‘voice’ for parents and families from the Southland area which gives her a great deal of satisfaction. In 2018, CCF recognised Karen’s huge contribution with a Distinguished Service Award.  

Karen’s workmates at MPL are very supportive of her efforts and think she’s “a legend with a huge heart”.  She, in turn, is very grateful for their support and describes the annual CCF Wig Wednesday fundraiser that the office takes part in as “very entertaining”!

Get to know... Greta Armstrong 


Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: 4 Years and five months.  Prior to working for Macdonald Perniskie I had been working for another accounting firm so I have been involved in accounting work for 16 years now.

Q: Always wanted to be an accountant? 
A:
 Not really. As a child I wanted to be an Air Hostess because it sounded exotic. Glad I didn’t go down that path as I would probably be out of a job now.

Q: Favourite part of your job? 
A: Helping clients and staff find solutions.  I have a lot of involvement with the Inland Revenue Department in my position as Tax Administrator and can be relentless in getting the best results for our clients.

Q: Ten-year goal? 
A: Ultimately retirement but I will be happy to ease into it as enjoy my job and the different personalities of the staff.

Q: What sporting achievement are you most proud of? 
A: 
I’m no very sporty at all so no major achievements to speak of.  My husband and I have an inflatable canoe and I really enjoy getting out in it as much as possible.

Q: When you were at school you were known for…? 
A: Being easily distracted/distracting others.  Now that I am a “grown up” I find distractions really irritating.  Is that karma at work?

Q: Who do you admire the most? 
A: My mother.  She was widowed at a young age with five children to raise on her own.  She taught us to respect others and treat people as we would like to be treated ourselves.  A strong woman and a great role model.

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: Caring, thorough, honest.

Q: What’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: The Chatham Islands.  I enjoy rugged, isolated places and historical sites so this would fulfil all of these.

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party? 
A: Definitely my mother and my brother Ian.  Both of them enjoyed food and entertaining as much as I do.  My third guest would be my grandfather, Mattis Svensson.  He died before I was born but he must have led a very interesting life travelling from Sweden as a young man first to Australia and then New Zealand without being able to speak English.

West Otago A&P Show, 2020

We’re proud to support the West Otago A & P Society Show this year! It’ll be another busy day no doubt... expect to see everything from horses to the South Island Tux Challenge, speed shearing, food + trade stalls and much, much more!

Make sure you head on down and support this great community event if you can. A perfect spot to pick up a few early Christmas presents, too.

Get to know... Swastika Pillay


Q: How long have you been working at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: 
Two years 4 months 

Q: Have you always wanted to be an accountant – or when you were younger what was your dream job? 
A: 
I’m from Fiji and didn’t come to New Zealand until I was 15, but when I was a kid I kept changing my mind; at one stage I wanted to fight crime and be an agent like in NCIS. Then I went to high school and out of an accounting class of 13 everyone had to redo an internal exam except me. 

Q: Favourite part of your job 
A: 
Meeting people, having amazing conversations and helping them. Also I do like calculating. 

Q: Ten year goal? 
A: 
To get my chartered account qualification, buy a house and travel the world.

Q: What sporting achievement are you most proud of? 
A: 
I’m definitely not a sporty girl. I went bowling with my cousins and beat them once. Does that count?

Q: When you were at school you were known for…? 
A: 
Being a helping hand. In Year 12 it ended up with only two of us doing accounting, our teacher retired and we were doing it through correspondence. So I mentored a Year 11 student in accounting and prepared notes for her. 

Q: Who do you admire the most? 
A: 
My parents. They’re the strongest people I know. It wasn’t easy moving to Queenstown all those years ago.

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: 
Bubbly, honest, clumsy. Just ask anyone in the Queenstown office about that last one. 

Q: Now we’re being encouraged to explore our own backyard, what’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: 
I’ve lived in Queenstown and Dunedin all the time I’ve been here, but I’ve never been to Milford Sound, which is strange. I really want to see dolphins, stay in Te Anau and visit the glow worm caves. 

Q: Which three people living or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party? 
A: 
My best friends from Fiji because it’s been ten years since I’ve seen them. I haven’t been back since we came to New Zealand. 


Get to know... Neilson Chand


Q: Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: 4 years

Q: Always wanted to be an accountant? 
A:
 I was good at numbers which helped me decide what I wanted to be.

Q: Favourite part of your job? 
A: Being able to help clients with their accounting needs. 

Q: Ten-year goal? 
A: To finish off my CA qualification and to grow my knowledge in accounting.

Q: What sporting achievement are you most proud of?
A: 
Being able to play for my local soccer club Gore Wanderers and meeting great people. 

Q: When you were at school you were known for…? 
A: “The quiet one”

Q: Who do you admire the most? 
A: My parents as they have worked hard to help me with life!

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: Hardworking, problem-solver and ambitious

Q: What’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: Auckland, never been there. 

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party? 
A: Donald Trump, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart

Get to know... Alice Perniskie 

Q: Time at Macdonald Perniskie? 
A: Six years

Q: Always wanted to be an accountant? I
A:
come from a family of accountants and I’ve always loved working with numbers, so it was the perfect fit. 

Q: Favourite part of your job? 
A: Working with a wide range of clients from different backgrounds. I like getting ‘inside’ the business, and getting to know the people who run it.

Q: Ten-year goal? 
A: To have ticked off my Chartered Accountancy qualifications, have greater responsibility and being a position to mentor young people like myself.

Q: What sporting achievement are you most proud of? 
A:
I used to really be into sport, representing my region at netball, hockey and tennis in my younger days. However I had to pick between school work/study and sports.

Q: When you were at school you were known for…? 
A: Being able to calculate maths equations quicker than a calculator! Everyone still talks to me about that. 

Q: Who do you admire the most? 
A: Mum and Dad, they’ve always been really supportive in helping me to achieve the best I can.

Q: Describe yourself in three words 
A: Outgoing, diligent, happy. 

Q: What’s the one place in NZ you’d like to visit and why? 
A: I’d love to go up to the Twizel canals and catch a big trout! Fishing is my favourite hobby. I love heading off to Te Anau most weekends in the summer to go fishing.

Q: Which three people alive or dead would you invite to your ultimate dinner party? 
A: That’s too hard to answer! 

Celebrating our new Queenstown office

We're excited to announce that our Queenstown office has moved! We are now operating from Level 1, Aurum House, Terrace Junction on the Frankton Road. We are loving our spacious new office with plenty of convenient parking. We look forward to seeing you there soon.

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