Our Experts

dpa experts are relationship focused and enjoy working closely with clients to achieve their business goals whilst giving professional advice in a personable manner, in language that you can understand.  A lot of our experts have businesses of their own, so we have a firm understanding of what our clients need and are looking for from their advisers AND some of the team have been with the firm since inception, so we like to think that dpa must be a pretty good place to work.

Our Directors & Client Partners

Andie Henson

BBS, CA

Angela Clark

AT (Fellow)

David Steele

BBS, FCA

Hollie West

BBS, BSc, CA

Nicole Taylor

Bcom, CA

Paul Wilson

BBS, CA

Number Experts

Aisha is Taupo born and bred and after moving to Waikato for university briefly, she has returned to Taupo to focus on a career in Accounting.

Growing up Aisha represented Taupo, BOP and Waiariki Maori in Netball until she did her ACL (twice!) so now she prefers the lower impact sport of swimming and jetskiing in Summer at the lake and doing what all young people love like going to concerts, festivals and catching up with her friends and whanau.

 

My whanau carry the CDH1 stomach cancer gene, so I had my stomach removed at 17.

Favourite Quote

Never a failure, always a lesson.

~ Rihanna


EMAIL Aisha [email protected]

Always looking for a challenge, Cheryll has enjoyed working with a varied client base at DPA.

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 [email protected]

Georjia grew up in a small King Country town called Aria, went to high school in the Taranaki, then Hamilton for University, so it seems only natural she would settle for the idyllic lifestyle here in Taupo.

Currently studying towards her CA, Georjia works predominantly with Angela’s varied client base and her personable approach is a hit with all of her clients.

Taking advantage of Taupo’s natural surroundings, Georjia enjoys everything our town offers and she can be seen running, hiking and swimming during her down time…if you call those activities “down time” of course.

 

Favourite Quote

It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.

~ Eeyore


EMAIL Georjia [email protected]

Hayden hails from Auckland, starting out as a management accountant at a law firm in the city.  After travelling the world, gaining further work experience and doing a small stint in Tauranga, the pull of Taupo was too great to ignore any further and he was pleased to eventually make Taupo his home.

Like a lot of our team, Hayden is an outdoorsy man skiing, hiking, running etc and enjoys weekends away in his van.  He thinks dogs are cool too.


EMAIL Hayden [email protected]

 

Returning to Taupo after working in Australia in recruitment, project coordination and administration (as well as a wee stint in Canada), Helen has made the switch to accounting and is studying towards her CA.

Taupo is her ideal place to live as she enjoys exploring the outdoors, whether that be snowboarding, hiking or in summer, the lake!  And when the world is in a better place, she intends on doing a lot more travel!

Favourite Quote

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.


EMAIL Helen [email protected]

 

Kayla 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.

Drawing on her knowledge of accounting packages, she is our MYOB wiz and looks after anyone in need of training in MYOB accounting packages.

Out of the office, Kayla is usually sporting her active wear and taking her big fur baby for a walk.

Little known fact

I have 42 first cousins.


EMAIL Kayla [email protected]

Kelsey enjoys working with a varied client base and keeping up to date with the latest software solutions available to clients.

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 [email protected]

 

Louise is South African born and made NZ her home in 2017, which means we now have Afrikaans to add to the list of languages spoken at DPA.

Lou is proficient in Xero and works with some of our larger sized clients.

In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and soon lots of visits to Hawkes Bay, where her daughter will be studying viticulture…which is right up Lou’s alley!

Favourite Quote

Keep it Simple!


EMAIL Louise [email protected]

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 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
EMAIL Martina [email protected]

Megan works part-time and looks after our tax administration, so you will recognise her as the lady that is reminding you of those lovely Prov Tax payments that are due.

When she is not spreading her tax reminder joy, Megan is always busy being a mum and generally lending a helping hand to anyone that needs it.


EMAIL Megan [email protected]

 

Niccy started out at DPA as the beaming smile that greeted you all at reception, however after completing her bookkeepers course, she was keen to advance her career in numbers, which saw her make the move upstairs and join the accounting team.

A lover of man’s best friend, Niccy can be seen getting walked by her two dogs on a regular basis. Originally from Wales, she is our official Welsh ambassador and will be pleased to remind you about how Wales reached number 1 in the World Rugby Rankings in August 2019.

Favourite Quote

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.


EMAIL Nicola [email protected]

 

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

Having spent most of her life living on farms, Sarah has a particular interest in primary producers.  Sarah works with a wide range of clients from many different industries, including farming, retail, service industries and health providers.

Always interested in accounting software that can help make our clients life a bit easier, Sarah is a keen advocate of both Figured and Sharesight packages.

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 [email protected]

Shania is Taupo born and bred and after a brief stint away for university she couldn’t resist returning to the lake and the mountains which she loves to take advantage of at any chance she can get.

Working with a varied client base, Shania’s niche is working with our forestry clients and she enjoys getting amongst it onsite at any chance she can get.

Typical of a Gen Z lady, you can bet she is up to date with all the latest technology that helps our clients run their business better.

Favourite Quote

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no-one alive who is youer than you.

~ Dr Suess


EMAIL Shania [email protected]

 

Susan has worked for Paul since “Love is all Around” was number 1 on the NZ charts and continues to work for him 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 being a mum, 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 [email protected]

Bookkeeping Experts

Currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Eliza predominately working with our bookkeeping clients enjoying the varied responsibility that comes with the role.

Outside of life at DPA, Eliza competes in equestrian events so free time is not something she has a lot of these days – but she wouldn’t have it any other way!

Favourite Quote

One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things.

~ Charlie Macksey


EMAIL Eliza [email protected]

Kim is the friendly face who will greet you when you visit the office, and the voice you hear when you call.

Working in various different admin roles within DPA, Kim is also proficient in Xero Payroll and has an extensive knowledge of the work we undertake with our Maori Trusts

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

And also worth a mention is Jura, who sits in reception with Kim.  Jura’s sole purpose is to make excellent coffee for our clients …. not just our coffee machine, Jura is one of the most celebrated “members” of the team at DPA – so make sure you grab one during your next visit to the office.

 

Favourite Quote

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

~ Dr Suess


EMAIL Kim [email protected]

Mandy heads up the admin & bookkeeping team and looks after the general running of the office, as well as she is also our whiz on all things regarding “employers” from PAYE to contracts and ACC to payroll packages.

Not one to be kept idle, Mandy looks after our Trust Account and the Client Investment Scheme as well as ensures all of the AML requirements are being met – which is a full time job in itself!

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 throughout the year.

Favourite Quote

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.


EMAIL Mandy [email protected]

Being a Gen-Z lady, it is little wonder that Paris is involved with ensuring all the technology in the office is working as it should as well as coordinating our Zoom meetings.

Assisting mostly Mandy in the office, Paris looks after our accounts payable whilst lending a helping hand to the rest of our staff when needed.

Out and about, Paris loves to ski in the Winter and hang out on the lake in Summer, and in between those times enjoys keeping our local bars in business with her friends.

Favourite Quote

People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full are missing the point......the glass is refillable!


EMAIL Paris [email protected]

Admin Experts

Jade looks after the planning of our events and seminars as well as all of our marketing and sponsorship.   Looking after tax and company administration is also on her list of things to do.

As part of the Talent Management team, Jade supports David, and together they work tirelessly for their clients ensuring their professional (and general life) requirements are all taken care of.

Outside of DPA work, she does more even work running a local flooring company with her husband Darrell.

And after all the work is done, she likes to spend time with her two children and always makes sure she finds time to eat great food and drink even better wine.

 

 

Guilty Pleasure

Champagne. And more Champagne.


CALL Jade 021 248 5248
EMAIL Jade [email protected]

Bex supports Angela and Nicole, managing the day to day admin and co-ordination of any client requests that come through.  She also assists Mandy to ensure that the office is running smoothly and the staff have everything they need.

Acting as Secretary for our Maori Trust clients, Bex enjoys the daily interaction with the Trustees and the many beneficiaries of the Trusts.

Outside of DPA, Bex can be found making most of what Taupo has to offer with skiing and snowboarding on Ruapehu in the Winter and out on the trails hiking and mountain biking in the Summer.

Favourite Quote

There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.

~ Alfred Wainwright


EMAIL Rebecca [email protected]

 

Tracey 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.

 

Favourite Quote

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

~ Benjamin Franklin


EMAIL Tracey [email protected]