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Our Experts

Our people are one of things that set us apart from the rest.

Our team are committed to helping you achieve your business goals whilst giving you professional advice in a personable and friendly manner. Some of us have been with the firm since inception, so we like to think that DPA must be a pretty good place to work.

Our Directors

David Steele

FCA, BBS

Paul Wilson

BBS, CA

Hollie West

BBS, BSc, CA

Our Accountants

Carolin is our finest import, hailing from Germany she is one of our ‘Xero Heros’ and is able to assist and train clients on the popular software. As part of our specialist immigration team, Carolin’s personable manner and vast knowledge help all of our migrants settle in New Zealand with a smile.

Favourite Quote

Change your thoughts and you change your destiny.

~ Unknown


EMAIL Carolin carolin@dpa.co.nz

Always looking for a challenge, Cheryll enjoys working with a varied client base at DPA and is a member of our specialist immigration team, assisting migrants to New Zealand with their taxation and business matters.

Born and bred in Taupo, Cheryll enjoys travelling when she can and watching the cricket… yes we can’t believe that either!

Favourite Quote

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.

~ Forrest Gump


EMAIL Cheryll cheryll@dpa.co.nz

HernYi is an Aucklander that couldn’t resist the Taupo charm.  HernYi is fluent in Mandarin and English and works with our specialist immigration team in assisting with translation for our Chinese clients when needed.

As part of Generation Y, being Tech Savvy is a given, HernYi is also up to date with the latest accounting software available and how it can assist our clients.

Favourite Quote

Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others.

~ Buddha


EMAIL HernYi hernyi@dpa.co.nz

Kayla has recently joined the team and comes from a banking background.  Another of our Generation Y members, Kayla has a broad knowledge of our popular accounting software packages and enjoys working with our tech savvy clients.

Little known fact

I have 42 first cousins.


EMAIL Kayla kayla@dpa.co.nz

Lance is an associate with his own client base and it is rare seeing him without a phone glued to his ear.

His specialties include farming and clients in the trades, but if you wear a suit to work he will be sure to see you right.

Lance’s love for fishing is like no other (apart from his love for Jane of course) and in his spare time he can often be found fishing either on the lake or at one of the river mouths.  Every so often we reap the benefits of Lances’ catch which makes him popular with us at the office as well.

Favourite Quote

I'd rather be fishing.


CALL Lance 021 275 5616
EMAIL Lance lance@dpa.co.nz

Tina is another one of our loyal staff members, working for Paul since 1994.

She has an extensive knowledge of forestry, farming and stud businesses which makes her a favourite with these clients.

Commuting to Taupo from Rotorua each day, Tina is classed as our ‘Rotorua Office’ and enjoys working with, and being a smiling representative of DPA for, a lot of our Rotorua clientele.

Guilty Pleasure

Chocolate - full fat, full cream, diet free Chocolate.


CALL Martina 021 229 9826
EMAIL Martina martina@dpa.co.nz

Megan has a degree in Sport & Exercise Science and Psychology but when DPA offered her a position within the firm, she couldn’t say no and was keen to broaden her horizons with a complete change of scenery in accounting.

She is one of our certified Xero experts and it will be Megan that you talk to if you have any queries or if you require training on the product.

Megan keeps herself busy out of the office by helping out, and sometimes competing in, local events around Taupo. She’s also a member of the “Adopt a Grandparent” initiative.

Part time – Monday 9-5pm | Tuesday 9-12pm | Wednesday 9-5pm

Favourite Quote

Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you might miss if you don't even try.

~ Jack Canfield


EMAIL Megan megan@dpa.co.nz

Pip is another one of our staff members that did a complete 180 career wise – more proof that accounting is not as boring as it’s made out to be!

A qualified teacher, Pip took the opportunity to change careers and train as an accounting clerk some years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

Working with Angela and Lance’s client base has given Pip a stimulating and challenging work environment which is what she thrives on.

Pip’s positivity is infectious and, as an avid supporter of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, it is Pip that organises the various Pink Breakfasts throughout the year.

Favourite Quote

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines... Sail away from the safe harbour... Catch the trade winds in your sails... Explore. Dream. Discover.

~ Mark Twain


EMAIL Pip pip@dpa.co.nz

Sarah started working with Angela as a junior clerk in 1993, and has continued to work with David, Paul, Angela and Hollie ever since – so you can be sure she knows our business inside and out.

An Associate at DPA with a particular interest in primary producers, Sarah works with a wide range of clients from many different industries, including farming, retail, service industries, education institutions and health providers.

An MYOB Banklink, and Cash Manager Rural guru, Sarah is our go to lady for any queries you may have.

Sarah’s optimistic nature makes her a hit with everyone she meets – try and catch Sarah in a bad mood – we bet you won’t!

Favourite Quote

Age only matters if you are cheese.

~ Unknown


CALL Sarah 07 376 0390
EMAIL Sarah sarah@dpa.co.nz

Sue has been here from inception and knows the DPA business like the back of her hand.

Working predominately with Lance, Sue has expertise across many industries and enjoys working with a varied client base.

Life outside work for Sue includes following the kids sporting and social interests and enjoying a good glass of wine.

Favourite Quote

Nothing is so bad it couldn't be worse!


CALL Sue 027 646 2003
EMAIL Sue sue@dpa.co.nz

Susan has worked for Paul since 1994 and continues to with a smile on her face.

Her personable approach helps her relate to her clients over a variety of industries.

As a keen supporter of her local community, Susan is Treasurer for the Taupo Society of Ballet & Dance committee.

When Susan has spare time, in between the above and raising her two girls, Susan indulges her three favourite pastimes, baking, exercising (which cancels out the baking) and gardening.

Favourite Quote

You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough

~ Mae West


EMAIL Susan susan@dpa.co.nz

Tracey is an Associate at DPA and nothing leaves this office without her OK, as our reporting standards expert, this woman is quality control at its finest! Tracey is key to ensuring DPA remains efficient and she is always looking at ways we can improve.

With her own client base and a specialty in large company accounting (IFRS), she has a particular interest in working with clients to ensure they have the best financial systems in place to manage their businesses. She is proficient in Xero and Xero Payroll, and enjoys ensuring clients get what their business needs to run smoothly.

It’s not all work and no play for Tracey, when she is not in the office she can be found running around on the tennis court, mountain biking and spending time with her family.

Favourite Quote

Follow your heart but take your brain with you.

~ Alfred Adler


EMAIL Tracey traceyb@dpa.co.nz

Wendy is the gate keeper of the Trust Account and the Client Investment Scheme. Nothing goes through those accounts without her say so and sign-off and she runs a pretty tight ship!

Completing Annual Financial Accounts to audit standard for all of our Maori Trusts, you wouldn’t be wrong for thinking that detail is Wendy’s strongest attribute.

Favourite Quote

Life is short, take the trip, buy the shoes, eat the cake.

~ Unknown


EMAIL Wendy wendy@dpa.co.nz

Our Admin Team

Jade is in charge of planning our events and seminars and looks after all of our marketing and sponsorship.

As well as that, she attempts to keep David in line and together they are the Talent Management team.

Responsible for Company Administration, Jade looks after the Company Incorporations and Wind-ups.  She also supports Paul and Hollie with their accounting administration.

Favourite Quote

I will never be the woman with the perfect hair or who can wear white and not spill on it.

~ Carrie Bradshaw


CALL Jade 021 248 5248
EMAIL Jade jade@dpa.co.nz

Jane is our “Jack of All Trades”.   She takes care of the filing and reception cover when needed.

In fact, Jane can do just about anything we ask her, and her ability to muck in with what’s happening in the office is one of the reasons why we love her.

Jane is Lance’s wife and an active member of the local BMX club.


EMAIL Jane jane@dpa.co.nz

Kelsey is Angela and Lance’s EA and is exceptional at anticipating their needs before they even realise they need them. She also assists Mandy to ensure that the office is running smoothly and the staff have everything they need.

In her spare time, Kelsey is never found sitting down, she is an active explorer of her local environment and is so sports mad she can probably tell you the score of most televised weekend games.

Favourite Quote

Happiness can be found in the darkest of places, if only one remembers to turn on the light.

~ Albus Dumbledore (JK Rowling)


EMAIL Kelsey kelsey@dpa.co.nz

Leanne leads our bookkeeping department and offers services including wages and paying creditors for clients.

In her spare time Leanne likes to hit a ball around the tennis court, enjoys a good book, and now she has learnt to ski. Try and keep her off the mountain!

Favourite Quote

All I am after is a life full of laughter.

~ Daughtry


EMAIL Leanne leanne@dpa.co.nz

Not only does Mandy look after the general running of the office, she is also our whiz on all things regarding “employers” from PAYE to contracts and ACC to payroll packages.

One of her virtues is her patience and that’s why we send her out to help anyone in need of training in MYOB accounting packages – you can bet that when she’s finished with you not only will MYOB be a breeze you will have also gained a new friend.

Mandy has in-depth knowledge of Maori Trusts and acts as secretary for two local Trusts in Taupo.

Many of you may recognise Mandy as the creator of fabulous cakes, a keen cake decorator, Mandy keeps us amazed all through the year with her delicious creations.

Favourite Quote

Sing like no one's dancing.


CALL Mandy 021 301 966
EMAIL Mandy mandy@dpa.co.nz

Tracey is the boss of all things techy and accounts receivable.

She has seen it all at DPA and has guided the business through the uses of fax machines to Cloud based technology.  She is an integral part of all transitions with new software that we use at DPA, as well as special projects that we undertake.

Even when it’s operator error at fault, Tracey manages our battles with technology with a witty joke and a smile on her face.

Part time hours: Mon, Tue, Thurs and Fri – 8:30am to 3 pm.

Favourite Quote

There are no problems, only solutions

~ David Steele


CALL Tracey 021 863 466
EMAIL Tracey tracey@dpa.co.nz

It’s Kim’s face you see, and the voice you hear, when you either visit or call the office. As well as keeping our first impressions at top notch level, Kim is responsible for our Banklink administration.

A lover of animals, Kim is a trained vet nurse, and it’s not uncommon to see her talking and playing with any dog in her vicinity.

As well as the above, Kim’s coffee making skills aren’t all that bad either – so make sure you enjoy a brew when you are next in.

Favourite Quote

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

~ Dr. Seuss


EMAIL Kim admin@dpa.co.nz