August 11, 2021
Maori accountants take fear out of numbers
Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa, the National Māori Accountants Network is holding its annual hui in Tāmaki Makaurau today.
Chair Elizabeth Richard says it’s a chance to reconnect after the disruption of Covid.
This year there’s a focus on women accountants and also the younger accountants taking the profession forward.
She says the network asks people if they are an accountant who is Māori or a Māori accountant – and the answer has been changing since it formed in the early 2000s.
"As our rōpū came together it started to show we needed to be Māori accountants and reporting on things that were important to our people so not just around providing the financial analysis but understanding the impact that can make on whānau, on hapū, on marae and iwi etc. Sometimes people get a little bit afraid of what the numbers might say but it is trying to paint that in a picture that is more than just numbers," Ms Richard says.
This year’s hui a tau has a focus on women accountants and also the younger accountants taking the profession forward.
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