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.