Our Team

Martz Witty

Martz WittyMartz is the founder (as the name might suggest) of Martz Group. Martz Group was born as in idea in March 2006 as a lifestyle choice at that time and frankly he’s never looked back since. With a commitment to relationship Martz takes pride in knowing every client personally whilst willingly delegating tasks to more appropriately qualified members of the team. Ultimately it’s about having strength and conviction in having the right person doing the right job at the right time using the right tools for the right price.

Business runs in Martz’ blood and his first foray into self-employment was when he was 18 and set up a book-keeping business for small business owners. There’s been a string of businesses since and today he still heads up 6 companies,all the time keeping that delicate balance between work and home, self and family. As a savvy business owner you’ll find the advice you receive is timely, fresh and relevant – none of that ‘text-book’ speak that some advisors will try and spill out. He’s a bit of a high-achiever and is a former Young Accountant of the Year nominee, historically the youngest partner of Chartered Accounting Practice at that time and has headed 6 Accounting Firms over his time as well as significant stints in the commercial world.

Now not everything that Martz has done has quite gone to plan, sure the vast majority have, but there was this one time where things went decidedly pear shaped. Being philosophical about it all Martz thinks this makes him a better advisor to the firms clients, there’s nothing like a big shot of reality and empathy to bring to the table when a client is in a bit of distress. As well as being a business owner Martz has successfully solo-parented two strapping lads who are now both grown up and left home (phew! Martz often says with a wry smile). Balancing family commitments and work commitments and knowing which to put first and when is a bit of a tight-rope act but one that he can walk the talk. On the topic of talking Martz is an internationally acclaimed Professional Speaker and regularly delivers keynotes, workshops, plenaries and facilitations. This skill set proves invaluable when dealing with clients staff where he willingly rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands dirty. One concerted action is worth more than a hundred best intentions. Between the discipline of accountancy and the panache of speaking rests Martz’ other passion – business development.

Outside of work you’ll find Martz in the gym, cooking extravagant meals and entertaining friends as well as restoring an old 1974 Corvette Stingray that he says is a marvellous way of ensuring you can keep your knuckles grazed and your swearing itinerary up to date. The swear box is overflowing! It would be fair to say that motors and motorsport are eagerly attended as too are rugby games. Yes he’s a born and bred Cantabrian and supports the Crusaders at every available opportunity. Family is paramount and keeping in touch with brothers and sister, nieces and nephews, and now the great niece and nephews is something that comes as second nature. Sure it takes time but Martz says the rewards far outweigh the investment. Just as in business it’s all about investing in the right things and then carefully nurturing them until they are ready to reap the rewards. SO if you’re looking for an advisor that is a bit different, a bit edgy, a bit on the ball then come along and try out Martz Group – we are sure you’ll be delighted.
 

Mark Barron

MarkMark is a highly qualified Chartered Accountant complete with his Certificate of Public Practice and brings with him a high level of accounting knowledge and experience across a wide range of different businesses. He sets very high standards for himself and unlike other accountants, Mark’s passion in the workplace lies with helping clients understand what the numbers mean.

All too often he hears clients say  “we’re making a profit but we have no cash” and one of the biggest compliments that clients give him are that he has the ability to put all the numbers and technical jargon into a language that the client can understand. This translates into Mark helping clients to create better efficiencies, providing them with more free time and ultimately making more money.

He originally cut his teeth working in the Dunedin office of Wrightson Wool in the Futures Contracts/Risk Management area before moving to a Chartered Accounting firm when Wrightson, ironically, attempted to transfer him to Christchurch back in 2003. It was in this role he displayed an incredible amount of organisation, focus and determination as he worked a full time job and studied part time towards his tertiary qualifications at Otago University.

Originally from Dunedin, Mark has been in Christchurch since 2008 and must have liked the place as he’s still here and even married a Cantabrian! You’d think that by doing so he’d have one foot in both camps when it comes to sporting rivalry’s, but no, Blue and Gold flow though his veins, much to the disgust of the Red and Blacks in the office.

Mark’s personal sporting passion lies with cricket though, but not at an armchair level, he actually plays the game. An accomplished batsman, Mark played representative cricket in his younger days and still relishes the opportunity to get out there and send the ball to the fence. In his opinion though, there’s nothing worse than being out for a duck, something he now finds himself surrounded with in the office!!

When Mark’s not working he has a wide array of activities that keep him active. Spending time with his wife and son, pumping iron at the gym, playing squash with friends (he’s only a LITTLE bit competitive…) or out fishing for that elusive 10 pound Trout are to name a few. But his true free-time passion lies with classic cars and the 1965 Triumph Vitesse that he and his wife Sarah have lovingly restored – well it’s more of a work in progress as most British cars are!! There’s almost always something that needs attention and Mark gets stuck in and fixes it himself, much to the surprise of most people because “an accountant can’t do that stuff”.

Mark is an asset to the Group – come and have a chat when you’re able.

Geoff Chapman

Geoff ChapmanGeoff is a Senior Accountant with Martz Group starting in February 2012. His role involves completing the annual financial statements and tax returns, GST returns and other associated tax returns for our clients, meeting with clients to discuss  their work and  business  needs and to  give accountancy and  tax  advice. In-house Geoff’ maintains the Tax Management system in liaison with Inland Revenue, maintains workflow for clients’ accounts and tax to ensure that your work is completed in a timely fashion, and relevant tax notices are sent on time!  Supervising and training the accounting team ensures Martz Group stays top of game.

Marketing of the business means we’re always on the lookout for new business opportunities and new client relationships (people we would like to work with, maybe that is you!) Geoff also has a penchant for finding ways to do things better, such as streamlining systems for clients and in-house and improving the way a client can run their business.

Geoff hails from a background of accountancy and farming, and combined these offer a practical strength to his work as an accountant as it combines real world experience into the role of accountant. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm, has milked cows in Canterbury and Southland and grown research crops for Yates as a research technician in Auckland and Canterbury. Educational qualifications include Diploma’s in Agriculture, Farm Management, NZ Dip Business, and E-Business. The big start in accountancy was at age 23 for PGG Trust learning accountancy on the job where we specialised in farming and Trust work. Next he moved to Chartered Accountancy in 1998 and has worked for both small and medium sized practices in Blenheim, Nelson and Christchurch since. In the middle of that period he was drawn back to the farm milking cows for two years and completing two Diplomas.  Add to the mix a stint of self-employment including a Tax Agency and Fertiliser sales as a contractor throughout the South Island.

Outside of work, with Brenda his wife, they enjoy residential property investment, being a land lord and having recently built a new home. They have been to so many open homes over the years, have owned a life style block and improved it so seeing a property transformed into something better is a satisfying buzz, albeit that is hard work but the reward is worth it. Living near the beach and hills for swims and walks, and riding his motorbike is a favourite past time as is getting out on the family farm and doing farm work and taking a rifle to shoot rabbits (Sorry Thumper). Family is important and much enjoyment comes from the 4 grandchildren under ten years as they are the best. Going out with friends to Christchurch’s restaurants and cafes and being involved in Youth work and enjoying seeing relationships form and lives transformed ensures it’s about having fun along the way.
 

Ali Kyme

Ali KymeAli is a Senior Accountant and is no stranger to working with Martz and the wider Group. Back in 1989 Ali started working with Martz in another practice and has been part of the family on and off ever since. Ali’s down to earth and grass-roots approach to helping clients businesses has been gleaned both from her extensive experience and training but also from her own foray into self-employment – businesses that she still owns and runs with her partner today. There’s nothing quite like advice from true life experience to help keep it real.

As a dedicated senior Ali has total authority to work closely and directly with clients – engineering positive change and helping them pay the minimum tax they are obliged to, gain more personal free time and make more money.

Over her extensive work history Ali has been in Chartered Accountancy, commercial accountancy as well as retail, service, hospitality and support. A wonderful and diverse mix of experience and talents which when offered in the one bundle makes Ali an integral part of the Martz Group team, but also an integral and powerful ally on YOUR team. When you speak with Ali don’t let the easy going, carefree phone manner sway you – yes that’s a natural way for Ali to be but she’s also an extremely hardworking, astute and driven business woman committed to the cause come hell or high water.

Outside of work Ali is still an avid sports fan (albeit more watching than playing now) and there’s many a time where she nearly leaps onto the field while supporting her two terrific sons at their sports games. You were warned – she’s a very driven lady! Private business and her partner takes up some free time, especially with the now blended family – it’s like something out of The Brady Bunch (but without the singing). Pets are an important part of Ali’s family and an excellent source of exercise too. Balancing employment, work, family, friends and pets is an excellent skill that Ali brings to the client’s table as well.
 

Jocelyn Scott

Jocelyn Scott website.jpg Jocelyn is no stranger to organisation. A self-proclaimed control freak Jocelyn is in charge of Administration at Martz Group and still acts as a personal PA to Martz Witty (no mean feat that one!). She’s all about everything being just as it should be for the clients and the team, sort of like that integral cog in the wheels, the glue that binds the team together whilst also being the lubricant that enables things to flow smoothly.

Yes she can wear more than one hat and can certainly multi-task. With a history of successful occupations Jocelyn chose in 2002 to become part of the fore-runner to Martz Group and then came along in 2006 to head up the full Admin role. Jocelyn prides herself on knowing every client by name and is now committing to memory their preferred beverage when they visit!

Outside of her many work achievements a true testament to the tenacity and sensitivity of Jocelyn are her three grown up daughters. Caring and “being there” for them has been paramount for Jocelyn over the years. Having an eye for efficiencies is a real knack for Jocelyn but rest assured it’s never a short-cut, there has to be efficiency involved. On the subject of shortening things there is one hot button that we’d warn you about Jocelyn – never call her Jos. She doesn’t like it, J is quite acceptable, or even Just J, or Jocelyn. We have an unwritten agreement in the office that the one and only time we will EVER be allowed to call her ‘Jos’ is if one of us wins the BIG lotto and are prepared to share with her.

Creativity is Jocelyn’s favourite pastime out of work and she spends countless hours hand making cards and they are beautiful! When she’s looking to go for a walk there’s a certain hairy little friend called Milly (the Mini-Schnauzer) who will gladly lead J up the garden path and around the corner even all the way to Donaldson’s Dairy. Co-founder of the New Brighton wine club means J is also a dab hand at selecting a lovely wine to go with her food and yes she’s also in charge of keeping the cellar at the office full – so if you want to try a glass of something at your meeting with Martz Group then make sure you warn her of your preference and she’ll have it on the ready when you get here.

Angela West

Angela West

Angela is our First Impressions Co-ordinator. Chances are she’s the first contact you’ll have with us on the phone or when you drop in the office. Not originally from an office environment the concept of 3 computer screens had her quite gob smacked… now she wants 4! Um yeah maybe not! The move to new premises in late 2014 saw Angela with her own resource area that she felt was bigger than her whole house.

A delightful first impression she strives to excel in every interaction with clients, from phone to face to mail to email.

Originally a hairdresser, she still gets roped into keeping the family groomed (sometimes for the cost of a decent home cooked meal).

Angela has worked with oldies for 10 years, from hairdressing to rest home care. She has been a caregiver, a cooks assistant and most recently, activities co-ordinator, where she entertained and diverted the elderly in a 42 bed dementia unit. If you are a client of accelerated years, be warned, you are going to love the extra care and attention! Dementia is a specialty so if you have a bit of that then we can do so much more than just your tax and accounts!

Outside of work Angela will be spending most of her time with her husband Luke, family and friends having BBQs and being a social butterfly. Camping in Kaikoura is a must do several times throughout the year. However, where she loves to be the most is in the presence of her niece and nephew “the two unfound wonders of the world” and when there is time a Zumba session might get thrown in there!

Bruce Clark

Bruce ClarkBruce joined Martz Group as an Analyst in 2012 after coming out of retirement, he needed to get away from all the extras his wife was getting him to do.  His role involves looking at your business from a non accounting perspective.  This is to come up with innovative solutions to the challenges that you are facing within your business. Coming from a non-accounting background means you get a fresh set of eyes looking at your business.

Bruce comes from a scientific background with a Masters degree in Chemistry along with some papers of interest in Financial Planning.  His employment initially was as an analytical chemist running a laboratory, think CSI but without the glamour and big budgets.  He has also run several small businesses himself so has an understanding of the issues facing a business owner.  Bruce has had experience working in the building industry, farming sector and as a residential landlord.  He has studied the financial markets both here and overseas on a personal level since his days at University with varying success when dipping toes in the water.

Outside Martz Group you will find him working Part-time as an Ambulance Officer, enjoying cooking for friends and family, devouring books for both pleasure and education and occasionally even on a golf course.  He has been married to Fiona for 24 years during which they have encountered some of the ups and downs of life and seen a bit of the world together.  While not born a Cantabrian, he has called Canterbury his home for almost his entire life.
 

Bex Banfield

Bex BanfieldAs our Director of Hygiene Bex (with the help of husband Marcus if the kids are playing up) ensures the team at Martz Group and all our clients are welcomed with fresh aromas and sparking surfaces. All too often roles such as this are taken for granted and not really appreciated – not so here. We pride ourselves on having the best working environment so that we can deliver the best service and Bex is the glue that binds that aspect together.

Two children under 5 keeps Bex busy. Very busy. Young Master Riley is an extremely active boy and baby daughter Evie is almost running before she walks. Mind you we blame the parents. Both Bex and Marcus are avid sports people and we can’t wait until we get our social sports team up and running and can have them slaughter the opposition (okay so maybe we’ll focus on playing fair – but winning is still very much on the agenda).

Ann Devey

Ann DeveyAnn and Martz originally started working together back in 1985 at McAlpines (Rangiora) Limited and then many years later paths crossed and Ann came to be at Martz Group as an intermediate accountant and right hand for Small and Medium Enterprises. After the big earthquakes Ann and her husband, Tony, decided to semi-retire to Motueka.

Such was the friendship and bond that Ann develops with her clients and workmates that she kindly agreed to keep on a few tasks and work by remote for us on individual case by case basis and we are all delighted as are the clients with whom she still works!

Sun, wine, walks, bike rides and travel consume Ann’s free time these days and to say Ann is ecstatic in her new role would be the understatement of the century. Family is very important and a driving force for Ann and she’s often back in Christchurch catching up with daughter Cheryl or over the ditch seeing son Richard.

A life of hard work and dedication has blossomed into a semi-retired role which is just the bees knees for Ann – and so deserved also. Ann is a living example of how having a plan, working to it, revising it, living it, being it and delivering it to fruition can and does work – what a magnificent role model for us all.
 

Tak Peters

Tak PetersTak started working with Martz Group after he rang to enquire about whether we had any clients who might be looking for a school holidays experience worker. Such was the calibre of reasoning put forward he never got to go to a client – Martz Group employed him ourselves!

The plan after leaving High School is to attend TeachersCollege to become a Primary teacher. Leadership and teaching comes naturally to Tak, his past boasts enormous involvement in YMCA Youth Programmes (more latterly as a leader) and Scouts as a leader also. Such a fantastic skill from such a young man – great things are already in and going to come from Tak. From a work ethic perspective no job is too big or too small and the energy dedicated to every task is nothing short of exemplary.

Outside of work you’ll typically find Tak under the bonnet or even under the chassis of his pride and joy – a 1967 Austin Mini. Old cars keep Tak balanced and patient which is a good thing because (just as in business) things don’t always go to plan – but there’s always a new plan to be written and then followed. Fantastic skills that will set Tak up for his future.

Ice Hockey is a fun time for Tak and a wonderful release for any pent up tension from working on the Mini – or working part-time at Martz Group! We will keep you posted on Tak’s progress, we are very excited to be a part of it.
 

 

Martz Witty

Martz is the founder (as the name might suggest) of Martz Group. With a commitment to relationship Martz takes pride in knowing every client personally whilst willingly delegating tasks to more appropriately qualified members of the team More

Martz Witty

Martz is the founder (as the name might suggest) of Martz Group. Martz Group was born as in idea in March 2006 as a lifestyle choice at that time and frankly he’s never looked back since. With a commitment to relationship Martz takes pride in knowing every client personally whilst willingly delegating tasks to more appropriately qualified members of the team. Ultimately it’s about having strength and conviction in having the right person doing the right job at the right time using the right tools for the right price.

Business runs in Martz’ blood and his first foray into self-employment was when he was 18 and set up a book-keeping business for small business owners. There’s been a string of businesses since and today he still heads up 6 companies,all the time keeping that delicate balance between work and home, self and family. As a savvy business owner you’ll find the advice you receive is timely, fresh and relevant – none of that ‘text-book’ speak that some advisors will try and spill out. He’s a bit of a high-achiever and is a former Young Accountant of the Year nominee, historically the youngest partner of Chartered Accounting Practice at that time and has headed 6 Accounting Firms over his time as well as significant stints in the commercial world.

Now not everything that Martz has done has quite gone to plan, sure the vast majority have, but there was this one time where things went decidedly pear shaped. Being philosophical about it all Martz thinks this makes him a better advisor to the firms clients, there’s nothing like a big shot of reality and empathy to bring to the table when a client is in a bit of distress. As well as being a business owner Martz has successfully solo-parented two strapping lads who are now both grown up and left home (phew! Martz often says with a wry smile). Balancing family commitments and work commitments and knowing which to put first and when is a bit of a tight-rope act but one that he can walk the talk. On the topic of talking Martz is an internationally acclaimed Professional Speaker and regularly delivers keynotes, workshops, plenaries and facilitations. This skill set proves invaluable when dealing with clients staff where he willingly rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands dirty. One concerted action is worth more than a hundred best intentions. Between the discipline of accountancy and the panache of speaking rests Martz’ other passion – business development.

Outside of work you’ll find Martz in the gym, cooking extravagant meals and entertaining friends as well as restoring an old 1974 Corvette Stingray that he says is a marvellous way of ensuring you can keep your knuckles grazed and your swearing itinerary up to date. The swear box is overflowing! It would be fair to say that motors and motorsport are eagerly attended as too are rugby games. Yes he’s a born and bred Cantabrian and supports the Crusaders at every available opportunity. Family is paramount and keeping in touch with brothers and sister, nieces and nephews, and now the great niece and nephews is something that comes as second nature. Sure it takes time but Martz says the rewards far outweigh the investment. Just as in business it’s all about investing in the right things and then carefully nurturing them until they are ready to reap the rewards. SO if you’re looking for an advisor that is a bit different, a bit edgy, a bit on the ball then come along and try out Martz Group – we are sure you’ll be delighted.

Elisa Davis

Elisa joined Martz Group in 2016, after 20 years’ experience in other accountancy firms both in Christchurch and Auckland. She is our Tax Guru and her interest in it led her to complete a Masters in Taxation Studies. More

Elisa Davis

Elisa joined Martz Group in 2016, after 20 years’ experience in other accountancy firms both in Christchurch and Auckland.  She is our Tax Guru and her interest in it led her to complete a Masters in Taxation Studies. She enjoys using this knowledge to help her clients find their way through that potential minefield and successfully manage their tax obligations. 

Getting to know clients’ businesses is an important part of what makes Elisa enjoy life as a Chartered Accountant.  She loves visiting clients to get to know what makes them tick so that improvements can be suggested.  Elisa is experienced in most accounting software packages and is our in house genius on Xero, she’s a certified installer and trainer for the system.

Elisa has spent considerable time presenting seminars and training and likes to make the complex world of tax understandable to everyone, not an easy task but she’s got the talent.

Outside of the office, Elisa enjoys Zumba classes and regular overseas travel.  Elisa met her husband, Heath, in the Navy where she served 9 months as a Midshipman.  Weekends are often spent harvesting fruit from their small orchard in Rolleston.  You’d think that someone so interested in tax would have her feet firmly on the ground but she believes in Santa, she has to, her Father was the Ballantynes Santa for a number of years.

Craig Haymes

A passion for problem-solving and opportunities around the world has shaped the experience of Green Pen Audit Limited, Director Craig Haymes. Craig takes a holistic approach to his work More

Craig Haymes

A passion for problem-solving and opportunities around the world has shaped the experience of Green Pen Audit Limited, Director Craig Haymes.  Craig takes a holistic approach to his work, insisting that it’s about “so much more” than getting everything to balance.

Craig is motivated by a genuine interest in getting to know the world around him – and helping businesses effectively recognise the way that community and world events have impacted their own accounts.

He insists that carefully considering a business’ wider environment is crucial to providing a superior level of service in his role.  This requires investing attention in the external factors that ultimately impact a business’ bottom line – from the forces of nature to the unique influences of people and history.

From Tokyo to Dublin to Washington DC, Craig’s international career is paired with a commitment to accounting, including his long-time involvement in his own family businesses.  This combined experience has traversed industries such as manufacturing, IT, property and investment funds.

Craig is please to call Christchurch home for many reasons.  He values access to the South Island’s national parks as well as opportunities to pursue a career in which he has invested a lifetime of interest.  Craig is a keen hiker and bike rider.

 

Geoff Chapman

Geoff is a Senior Accountant with Martz Group starting in February 2012. His role involves completing the annual financial statements and tax returns, GST returns and other associated tax returns for our clients. More

Geoff Chapman

Geoff is a Senior Accountant with Martz Group starting in February 2012. His role involves completing the annual financial statements and tax returns, GST returns and other associated tax returns for our clients, meeting with clients to discuss  their work and  business  needs and to  give accountancy and  tax  advice. In-house Geoff’ maintains the Tax Management system in liaison with Inland Revenue, maintains workflow for clients’ accounts and tax to ensure that your work is completed in a timely fashion, and relevant tax notices are sent on time!  Supervising and training the accounting team ensures Martz Group stays top of game.

Marketing of the business means we’re always on the lookout for new business opportunities and new client relationships (people we would like to work with, maybe that is you!) Geoff also has a penchant for finding ways to do things better, such as streamlining systems for clients and in-house and improving the way a client can run their business.

Geoff hails from a background of accountancy and farming, and combined these offer a practical strength to his work as an accountant as it combines real world experience into the role of accountant. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm, has milked cows in Canterbury and Southland and grown research crops for Yates as a research technician in Auckland and Canterbury. Educational qualifications include Diploma’s in Agriculture, Farm Management, NZ Dip Business, and E-Business. The big start in accountancy was at age 23 for PGG Trust learning accountancy on the job where we specialised in farming and Trust work. Next he moved to Chartered Accountancy in 1998 and has worked for both small and medium sized practices in Blenheim, Nelson and Christchurch since. In the middle of that period he was drawn back to the farm milking cows for two years and completing two Diplomas.  Add to the mix a stint of self-employment including a Tax Agency and Fertiliser sales as a contractor throughout the South Island.

Outside of work, with Brenda his wife, they enjoy residential property investment, being a land lord and having recently built a new home. They have been to so many open homes over the years, have owned a life style block and improved it so seeing a property transformed into something better is a satisfying buzz, albeit that is hard work but the reward is worth it. Living near the beach and hills for swims and walks, and riding his motorbike is a favourite past time as is getting out on the family farm and doing farm work and taking a rifle to shoot rabbits (Sorry Thumper). Family is important and much enjoyment comes from the 4 grandchildren under ten years as they are the best. Going out with friends to Christchurch’s restaurants and cafes and being involved in Youth work and enjoying seeing relationships form and lives transformed ensures it’s about having fun along the way.

Ali Kyme

Ali is a Senior Accountant and is no stranger to working with Martz and the wider Group. Back in 1989 Ali started working with Martz in another practice and has been part of the family on and off ever since. More

Ali Kyme

Ali is a Senior Accountant and is no stranger to working with Martz and the wider Group. Back in 1989 Ali started working with Martz in another practice and has been part of the family on and off ever since. Ali’s down to earth and grass-roots approach to helping clients businesses has been gleaned both from her extensive experience and training but also from her own foray into self-employment – businesses that she still owns and runs with her partner today. There’s nothing quite like advice from true life experience to help keep it real.

As a dedicated senior Ali has total authority to work closely and directly with clients – engineering positive change and helping them pay the minimum tax they are obliged to, gain more personal free time and make more money.

Over her extensive work history Ali has been in Chartered Accountancy, commercial accountancy as well as retail, service, hospitality and support. A wonderful and diverse mix of experience and talents which when offered in the one bundle makes Ali an integral part of the Martz Group team, but also an integral and powerful ally on YOUR team. When you speak with Ali don’t let the easy going, carefree phone manner sway you – yes that’s a natural way for Ali to be but she’s also an extremely hardworking, astute and driven business woman committed to the cause come hell or high water.

Outside of work Ali is still an avid sports fan (albeit more watching than playing now) and there’s many a time where she nearly leaps onto the field while supporting her two terrific sons at their sports games. You were warned – she’s a very driven lady! Private business and her partner takes up some free time, especially with the now blended family – it’s like something out of The Brady Bunch (but without the singing). Pets are an important part of Ali’s family and an excellent source of exercise too. Balancing employment, work, family, friends and pets is an excellent skill that Ali brings to the client’s table as well.

Nancy Su 苏晓楠

Nancy came to New Zealand alone when she was only 19 years old having just finished high school in China. Her positive attitude and big smile overcame all the difficulties along the way. Nancy lives by the philosophy of “if you can dream it, you can do it”. More

Nancy Su 苏晓楠

Nancy came to New Zealand alone when she was only 19 years old having just finished high school in China. Her positive attitude and big smile overcame all the difficulties along the way.  Nancy lives by the philosophy of “if you can dream it, you can do it”.


Dunedin was home for about 7 years where she studied accounting and finance double majors at the University of Otago.  In her last year of university, she was lucky to be a tutor for a 200-level financial accounting paper in the university. It was her first time to stand on a stage to teach other students. It was an unforgettable and special experience. 


Four years into her studies Nancy fell in love with N.Z. She loves the beauty of nature, friendly Kiwi people and even the birds. She decided NZ was home.


Work started in a commercial firm as a financial assistant but within a couple of years she decided to pursue her accounting career further and set about to get the full CA qualification. 2011 was the year Christchurch had the devastating earthquakes. Her thinking was that Christchurch will be the safest city in NZ to move to because all the damaged buildings should have fallen down already after the big earthquakes. (Hard to argue with that logic!). Christchurch saw her CA qualification come to fruition and all the hard work eventually paid off.


Since joining Martz Group her focus is to be more immersed in kiwi society and use her accounting knowledge to help more Kiwi businesses but also to help Chinese businesses be more successful. The world over we often get asked why their bottom line profit is going down rather than going up. By working together Nancy will help educate, enthuse and encourage clients to do better in business.


Outside of work, you’ll find Nancy trying things she hasn’t done before. An avid sports enthusiast she especially likes running, swimming and biking. Rough touch rugby and netball games have been tried but after the very first netball game she realized she didn’t have any competitive advantage in the game, as she was tiny compared to the others. She hardly touched a ball in the first game, and the only time a team member passed the ball it hit her glasses and she had to find her glasses before she went to find the ball. (It was both a hilarious and embarrassing moment). Travelling is another passion and she has backpacked around Fiji for a week with a girlfriend - sadly not a romantic trip with a handsome guy. Another trip was to South America for 3 weeks with some university flat mates.  More travel is planned!

Bruce Clark

Bruce joined Martz Group as an Analyst in 2012 after coming out of retirement, he needed to get away from all the extras his wife was getting him to do. More

Bruce Clark

Bruce joined Martz Group as an Analyst in 2012 after coming out of retirement, he needed to get away from all the extras his wife was getting him to do.  His role involves looking at your business from a non accounting perspective.  This is to come up with innovative solutions to the challenges that you are facing within your business. Coming from a non-accounting background means you get a fresh set of eyes looking at your business.

Bruce comes from a scientific background with a Masters degree in Chemistry along with some papers of interest in Financial Planning.  His employment initially was as an analytical chemist running a laboratory, think CSI but without the glamour and big budgets.  He has also run several small businesses himself so has an understanding of the issues facing a business owner.  Bruce has had experience working in the building industry, farming sector and as a residential landlord.  He has studied the financial markets both here and overseas on a personal level since his days at University with varying success when dipping toes in the water.

Outside Martz Group you will find him working Part-time as an Ambulance Officer, enjoying cooking for friends and family, devouring books for both pleasure and education and occasionally even on a golf course.  He has been married to Fiona for 24 years during which they have encountered some of the ups and downs of life and seen a bit of the world together.  While not born a Cantabrian, he has called Canterbury his home for almost his entire life.

David Colloty

Dave joined Martz Group as a Senior Accountant in October 2016 and has a strong background in accountancy and taxation. He’s paddled in commercial accounting waters with the world’s More

David Colloty

Dave joined Martz Group as a Senior Accountant in October 2016 and has a strong background in accountancy and taxation. He’s paddled in commercial accounting waters with the world’s, second largest shipping company, worked in both small and medium sized accounting practices as well has heading his own small accounting and tax consultancy, so he brings a wealth of experience to the team. One of his many skills is studying client’s financial statements to determine areas for possible improvement. He will listen to you and discuss possible strategies with you that he and the rest of the Martz team can develop to help grow your business.

Dave and his wife Jolanda recently moved their family to New Zealand from South Africa adding another culture to our tribe.  They and their two active boys have taken to the kiwi lifestyle likes duck to water!  In between rugby, cricket, basketball, swimming, mountain biking and hiking they enjoy a good “braai” (that’s “South African” for BBQ), and supporting the Crusaders of course. Masterchef cooking shows are popular in the Colloty household, and often, Dave and the boys will try to replicate some of the awesome dishes from the show, with varying degrees of success. . With an awesome city so close to a stunning rural lifestyle, he and his family have quickly made Christchurch home.

 

Sophia Lu 陸尚菁

Sophia was born in Taiwan and being an explorer at heart travelled the world solo before making Christchurch her home. Her first experience of hitch-hiking was with a bagpipe playing More

Sophia Lu 陸尚菁

Sophia was born in Taiwan and being an explorer at heart travelled the world solo before making Christchurch her home.  Her first experience of hitch-hiking was with a bagpipe playing street performer who invited her back to see his Scottish ‘dresses’, at least it’s more original than etchings.  A stint in Spain working with architects and designers gave her the full immersion experience of Latin and Flamenco culture, and Canada’s National Parks provided unforgettable fresh air, but in the end New Zealand was the best.

After working in auditing and accounting in Taiwan she came to New Zealand to recharge her life and has continued to work in those areas.  Other roles have included developing reporting systems for finance and inventory management and being part of the team that worked with Loss Adjusters preparing a schedule of claims for a global insurance settlement for the Anglican Church, so she has the experience and attention to detail required to enhance your business. Sophia likes to give back and has volunteered with a number of organisations as a tutor, treasurer, and a Lifeline trainee, so we know she’s a good listener.

Her wanderlust is satisfied these days by playing tour guide to friends and family that come visit Sophia and her husband. She loves to go hiking as the view from the top reminds her of home in Taiwan and she always takes her camera.  Photography is her latest challenge and she says her favourite photograph will be the one she takes tomorrow, it helps her look at the world in a different way and she brings this to her work always looking for the best for our clients.

Lauren King

Lauren has a rich history in hospitality and her bubbly nature is a perfect fit in our front of house team as you will see when you come to visit us. More

Lauren King

Lauren has a rich history in hospitality and her bubbly nature is a perfect fit in our front of house team as you will see when you come to visit us.  She is a true Southern belle from Gore, listen carefully you’ll hear it, and used to work both in the office and behind the bar at the local RSA.

Outside of work she loves to spend time creating works of art. Most of the time it will be people or cartoons but she will turn her hand to anything that takes her fancy at the time! It has made her into something of a perfectionist as she likes all her works to be amazing. This attention to detail is greatly appreciated in our office where she will ensure your visit is beyond your expectations and, with the rest of our team, ensures your business gets what it needs.  A self-confessed nerd who loves to play video games or become buried in a humungous novel that will take weeks to read, (that sort of long). However, she does love spending time with friends, being social and spending copious amounts of time at the beach.  Come and meet her, you’ll be charmed, I’m sure.

Paul Hawksby

Paul is the Tax and Systems Administrator for Martz Group, joining the firm in December 2016. He maintains the Tax Management system, liaising with Inland Revenue More

Paul Hawksby

Paul is the Tax and Systems Administrator for Martz Group, joining the firm in December 2016. He maintains the Tax Management system, liaising with Inland Revenue to make sure your details are up to date and your tax notices are sent on time. Paul facilitates the smooth running of systems and processes, and manages the job workflows to ensure everything is completed in a timely manner.

Paul moved to NZ 9 years ago to be with his family who had settled in Ashburton – moving from the busy streets of London and hundreds of years of history in York to a rural NZ life in Ashburton was certainly a culture shock. Paul soon found his feet at a local accountant and discovered an aptitude for working with tax. Re-locating to Christchurch in 2013 to a larger accounting firm, Paul has enjoyed the vibrancy of a busier and rapidly changing Christchurch.

Prior to emigrating Paul spent many years working as a Bookseller and managing bookshops in London – a lifelong passion for literature that continued after completing a Masters in literature at the University of York.

Outside of work Paul maintains his passion for reading alongside other self-confessed “geeky” pastimes – he will always have an opinion about the latest sci-fi TV show or movie, or the newest video game. Paul and his partner Marc can usually be found at weekends strolling into town to discover a new style of food (or cocktail) to try out at one of the restaurants springing up, or adding to their list of the best places for brunch in Christchurch.

Paul believes study to be a life-long journey and always welcomes the opportunity for new learning – he is currently studying towards a Diploma in Business to broaden his skills in the accounting world and as a first step toward NZ accounting qualifications.

 

Angela West

Angela is one of our First Impressions Co-ordinators. Chances are she’s the first contact you’ll have with us on the phone or when you drop in the office. More

Angela West

Angela is one of our First Impressions Co-ordinators. Chances are she’s the first contact you’ll have with us on the phone or when you drop in the office. Not originally from an office environment the concept of 3 computer screens had her quite gob smacked… now she wants 4! Um yeah maybe not! The move to new premises in late 2014 saw Angela with her own resource area that she felt was bigger than her whole house.

A delightful first impression she strives to excel in every interaction with clients, from phone to face to mail to email.

Originally a hairdresser, she still gets roped into keeping the family groomed (sometimes for the cost of a decent home cooked meal).

Angela has worked with oldies for 10 years, from hairdressing to rest home care. She has been a caregiver, a cooks assistant and most recently, activities co-ordinator, where she entertained and diverted the elderly in a 42 bed dementia unit. If you are a client of accelerated years, be warned, you are going to love the extra care and attention! Dementia is a specialty so if you have a bit of that then we can do so much more than just your tax and accounts!

Outside of work Angela will be spending most of her time with her husband Luke, family and friends having BBQs and being a social butterfly. Camping in Kaikoura is a must do several times throughout the year. However, where she loves to be the most is in the presence of her niece and nephew “the two unfound wonders of the world” and when there is time a Zumba session might get thrown in there!

Peter Crowhen

Peter started his life in numbers as a clerk for the IRD in the early 60’s. He quickly moved up the accountancy ladder while working for Smiths City Group More

Peter Crowhen

Peter started his life in numbers as a clerk for the IRD in the early 60’s. He quickly moved up the accountancy ladder while working for Smiths City Group of Companies for 28 years. Now that is loyalty!  He has continued to show this to his clients after establishing his own practice in 2002, morphing into Crowhen, White & Associates Ltd in 2006 and finally merging with Martz Group in 2016 as part of a succession plan. This sort of planning makes sound business sense and is just one of the things that Martz Group can assist you with, we have the experience!  Peter has specialised in Auditing and was a Director of Green Pen Ltd up until his retirement at the end of 2016 and now works as a contractor for us.

As anyone who has met him will know he is a larger than life personality, but Peter also put his height to good use as a basketball player and referee.  He’s held executive offices in both Canterbury and New Zealand Basketball since 1974, and has been a life member since 2001. He also found the time to play cricket, another big numbers game, and serve on club boards.

We hope that Peter manages to find some time to enjoy his retirement with his wife and family whilst still being available to some of his clients, there’s that loyalty again.

Rishi Sehgal

Rishi was born in India and came to New Zealand in 2002 He graduated from Canterbury University in 2013 and quickly qualified as a chartered accountant. His diverse work history More

Rishi Sehgal

Rishi was born in India and came to New Zealand in 2002 He graduated from Canterbury University in 2013 and quickly qualified as a chartered accountant.  His diverse work history in the hospitality, tourism and construction sectors gives him great insight and understanding of the technicalities of these industries. He is passionate about helping businesses achieve their goals, whether community based or for profit, and he enjoys being involved in the diverse sweep of accounting services we offer from audit to advisory.

Rishi loves to learn and challenge himself and has a great eye for detail, always important in our business. One of those challenges was playing Santa at the staff Christmas Party, a role he took on with great focus but apparently it was hot in that suit!

Outside of work, Rishi is enthusiastic about almost everything to do with outdoors and particularly enjoys playing tennis, going for bike rides and hitting the hiking tracks & trails set in the picturesque Southern Alps.

Bruce Williams

Bruce began practice as a chartered accountant in wife Adrienne’s family firm - Hudson, Sanderson & Williams. The practice was active in general accounting More

Bruce Williams

Bruce began practice as a chartered accountant in wife Adrienne’s family firm - Hudson, Sanderson & Williams. The practice was active in general accounting, taxation, farming and auditing. After thirty plus years the name changed several times as co-partners retired and were replaced until it morphed into Williams Accountants. The variety of client activities has remained largely unchanged over this period and many clients or their families (some are third generation) have been with the firm the whole time.

Bruce welcomed the merger with Martz Accounting in July 2016 for the opportunity to add value to clients’ businesses particularly with Martz’s expertise in the area of business development. The introduction of young blood is also seeing clients’ needs being met with renewed enthusiasm.

Outside work Bruce has enjoyed keeping fit with activities such as planting hedges, laying lawns, building fences (to keep the grandchildren safe) and concrete paths in a new subdivision. He also likes travelling and visiting new places particularly if it involves being with family. He aims to get more involved in tramping, camping and cycling in the near future.

 

Jocelyn Scott

Jocelyn is no stranger to organisation. A self-proclaimed control freak Jocelyn is in charge of Administration at Martz Group and still acts as a personal PA to Martz Witty (no mean feat that one!). More

Jocelyn Scott

 

Jocelyn is no stranger to organisation. A self-proclaimed control freak Jocelyn is in charge of Administration at Martz Group and still acts as a personal PA to Martz Witty (no mean feat that one!). She’s all about everything being just as it should be for the clients and the team, sort of like that integral cog in the wheels, the glue that binds the team together whilst also being the lubricant that enables things to flow smoothly.

Yes she can wear more than one hat and can certainly multi-task. With a history of successful occupations Jocelyn chose in 2002 to become part of the fore-runner to Martz Group and then came along in 2006 to head up the full Admin role. Jocelyn prides herself on knowing every client by name and is now committing to memory their preferred beverage when they visit!

Outside of her many work achievements a true testament to the tenacity and sensitivity of Jocelyn are her three grown up daughters. Caring and “being there” for them has been paramount for Jocelyn over the years. Having an eye for efficiencies is a real knack for Jocelyn but rest assured it’s never a short-cut, there has to be efficiency involved. On the subject of shortening things there is one hot button that we’d warn you about Jocelyn – never call her Jos. She doesn’t like it, J is quite acceptable, or even Just J, or Jocelyn. We have an unwritten agreement in the office that the one and only time we will EVER be allowed to call her ‘Jos’ is if one of us wins the BIG lotto and are prepared to share with her.

Creativity is Jocelyn’s favourite pastime out of work and she spends countless hours hand making cards and they are beautiful! When she’s looking to go for a walk there’s a certain hairy little friend called Milly (the Mini-Schnauzer) who will gladly lead J up the garden path and around the corner even all the way to Donaldson’s Dairy. Co-founder of the New Brighton wine club means J is also a dab hand at selecting a lovely wine to go with her food and yes she’s also in charge of keeping the cellar at the office full – so if you want to try a glass of something at your meeting with Martz Group then make sure you warn her of your preference and she’ll have it on the ready when you get here.

Adrienne Williams

Her family ran accounting practice but Adrienne originally trained as a librarian and worked for the Christchurch Public Library and the Tourist and Publicity More

Adrienne Williams

Her family ran accounting practice but Adrienne originally trained as a librarian and worked for the Christchurch Public Library and the Tourist and Publicity Department Library in Wellington. Working with journalists writing speeches for Parliamentary Ministers gave an interesting glimpse into political life. She then returned to Christchurch with her husband Bruce and managed the New Brighton Library.

Family is very important to Adrienne which makes her a good fit with the Martz Group tribe. With two sons and a daughter to look after she left the literary books for the accounting books and started working part time for Williams Accountants Ltd (or Williams & Batchelor as it was then).  For the next 30 years she managed client files, Bruce and their children, eventually moving from part time to full time as the children grew up and became more independent.

The merge with Martz Accounting Ltd bought an opportunity to work in a larger environment but maintaining the personal touch and interaction with clients that she enjoys. 

Adrienne is a self-confessed besotted Grandparent and her time outside the office is devoted to her family. Two of the four grandchildren have recently returned from Vancouver with their parents and are currently living with Bruce and Adrienne.  Life with two under four years old in the house is never dull!

 

David White

David admits to leaving University over 40years ago, with a Batchelor of Commerce degree. He has amassed a wealth of experience More

David White

David admits to leaving University over 40years ago, with a Batchelor of Commerce degree.  He has amassed a wealth of experience since then working in accountancy practices of all sizes including his own in partnership with Peter Crowhen.  David specialised initially in management and compliance accounting and was there, in the beginning, leading the introduction of computer processing in accounting.

He took a break from accountancy firms and spent 17years working for a not-for-profit organisation in a more diverse management role that included development and implementation of computer systems, Superannuation schemes and dealing with insurance brokers for a national property portfolio. David returned to compliance accounting with the creation of Crowhen, White & Associates and continues with this since the merger with Martz Group.  He still maintains an active interest in not-for-profits.

Outside the working environment David enjoys playing golf, despite not playing all that well. His three children are all married and Pat and David have six grandchildren to keep them on their toes.  They also enjoy as maintaining a house and garden despite this seeming to require a greater amount of energy than was the case in earlier days when the body was younger and fitter.

 

Nick Alcock

Nick grew up on his parent’s 60 acre orchard and vineyard in Hastings, Hawkes Bay. After graduating from Massey University, he started a career in the accountancy profession in 1996 by taking part in an international More

Nick Alcock

Nick grew up on his parent’s 60 acre orchard and vineyard in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

After graduating from Massey University, he started a career in the accountancy profession in 1996 by taking part in an international exchange program and worked for 6 months for Ernst & Young, in Wroclaw, Poland.

He is passionate about travelling and has also worked in Germany, Latvia, the UK and Kazakhstan. Some of his strange travel experiences include being locked inside a pub in Poland, trying horse milk in Kazakhstan, and losing his passport after leaving it under his pillow on a train to Gdansk in the sleeping compartment of the train. Nick is anything but boring!!!! Perhaps just be eyes wide open if you take a holiday break with him.


While in Germany for 6 years, he operated his own Work and Travel business and found seasonal work for Germans doing their OE in New Zealand.  

As a result of his extended travels, he now can speak German fluently and lives with his Russian wife, Margarita and has two small children.

 

Belinda Youngman

Belinda has been working as an Accounting Technician since leaving school and this is not the first time she has worked with Martz. She started her caree More

Belinda Youngman

Belinda has been working as an Accounting Technician since leaving school and this is not the first time she has worked with Martz. She started her career on the ground floor as the office Junior and has worked her way through most of the roles in accounting practices and can turn her hand to various systems but is most familiar with MYOB. Adept at Payrolls, GST’s and Financial Statements she is a valuable member of the tribe and ready to help you with those accounting jobs you may need another pair of hands for.

Outside of work she can’t seem to stop counting and in the summer months is an official scorer for New Zealand Softball.  She stopped counting children at two and spends many hours on the sidelines or at the poolside cheering on her son and daughter. 

We pride ourselves on having team members that can speak from experience and Belinda is no exception.  Along with her husband they own and run an automotive business and having worked at the steering wheel end of the business she can empathise with you and help drive you on to the finish line.

Tony Alden

Focuses strongly towards helping businesses implement plans to become more efficient in their costs, structure and day to day activities. He brings with him thirty years of experience in improving profitability for business and Local Government sectors. More

Tony Alden

Tony Alden is a fulltime Business Developer since joining the Martz Group team in June 2015. His role focuses strongly towards helping businesses implement plans to become more efficient in their costs, structure and day to day activities. He brings with him thirty years of experience in improving profitability for business and Local Government sectors.

After spending the last 25 years in executive Management, Tony brings a wide range of management skills including strategic, leadership, and financial management – to Martz Group clients. What really sets Tony apart is the empathy he can provide to business owners. Having personally dealt with fixing broken corporate structures, Tony acts as a necessary bridge between management and governance to minimise disruption during transitional periods and maximise returns in the shortest timeframe.

Tony is a Chartered Accountant, he is a member of CAANZ and was recently awarded his 25th anniversary Certificate.

No matter what type of business, typically the underlying problems are the same. Whatever the issues may be, Tony or one of the team will have dealt with it in the past and will work with you on options to resolve the situation.

Formerly Tony has been a Director of Waitaki District Health Services Limited, the Otago Southland Employers Association and currently sits on a Christchurch Law Firms Advisory Board.

Outside of work Tony is still very hands on in the Community. With Jan his wife they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and the tasks associated with owning a South Canterbury lifestyle block. And how lucky they are to have a vineyard and first class Café and restaurant only one paddock away.

Young at heart but with grey hair (he will tell you it’s a family trait) we think it is a result of gaining practical business experience.

Martz Accounting Limited welcomes you to visit and discuss how Tony and the team can assist.
 

Bex Banfield

As our Co-ordinator of Hygiene Bex ensures the team at Martz Group and all our clients are welcomed with fresh aromas and sparking surfaces. More

Bex Banfield

As our of Co-ordinator Bex (with the help of husband Marcus if the kids are playing up) ensures the team at Martz Group and all our clients are welcomed with fresh aromas and sparking surfaces. All too often roles such as this are taken for granted and not really appreciated – not so here. We pride ourselves on having the best working environment so that we can deliver the best service and Bex is the glue that binds that aspect together.

Two children under 5 keeps Bex busy. Very busy. Young Master Riley is an extremely active boy and baby daughter Evie is almost running before she walks. Mind you we blame the parents. Both Bex and Marcus are avid sports people and we can’t wait until we get our social sports team up and running and can have them slaughter the opposition (okay so maybe we’ll focus on playing fair – but winning is still very much on the agenda).

Testimonials

It has been great working with Martz on a regular basis with my business. He is a master at steering my thinking, bringing in so many well tested and proven ideas as well as moments of genius he manages to make look effortless.
After just a short period of coaching my goals went from ambitious to outrageous! Inspiring!Home Style Home Presentation Ltd, Jennifer Manson

Thanks for contributing to the International panel and for encouraging so many Kiwis to attend NSAA Conference in Melbourne.National Speakers Association of Australia, Robyn Henderson CSP, Executive Officer

“…your presentation needs to be noted for the injection of interest and enthusiasm, into what is normally considered to be a less than interesting topic.” Whanganui Economic Development Corporation, Neal Blackburn, Chief Executive

"There is more however to say about this multi talented man named Martz, not only did his company arrange our conference, we also asked Martz to participate in our conference. Martz delivered our Theme "A Hard Day's Work." On a ranking system post Conference we asked our consultants to rank the performance of all speakers. The out come was very interesting in that all apart from Martz received 3 - 5 ratings but Martz received an overall score of 9 out of 10. This is an indication of the calibre of Martz and how he delivers his presentation with wit, charm and seriousness. Needless to say we would employ the services of Martz and Jocelyn in the future and certainly Martz will perform for us at upcoming speaking arrangements we require."Advanced Personnel Services Ltd, Spencer Shaw, Operations Manager - South Island

Martz was engaged by our group of Financial Advisors to talk on a number of topics and/or to let the discussions go where they may. Martz is very apt at being able to discuss many subjects.
The initial portion was how to ascertain insurable risks on balance sheets, which moved on to how to get along side an accountant to help grow your business.
Martz has a wealth of knowledge and is able to disseminate this with some hilarity which is unusual for most accountants.
I would recommend him to talk to a wide range of people on a wide range of subjects and don't think that you would be disappointedPhoenix, Steve Gawn, Director

Martz knows how to capture the audience like a true professional. Martz was MC at our recent 20th birthday celebration... "A lot of laughs, kept the audience entertained albeit with some stories that were not quite true! An excellent entertainer who soon had the audience captivated. Would certainly recommend"Advanced Personnel Services Ltd, Paula Densem, Administration Director

Contact Us

Email info@martz.co.nz
Phone +64 3 389 0777
0800 389 0777
Mobile +64 21 2222 007 (Martz)
+64 27 344 4483 (Jocelyn)
Physical Level 1, Unit 3,
46 Acheron Drive,
Riccarton,
Christchurch 8042
Postal PO Box 13-010
Armagh
Christchurch 8141,
New Zealand