The Engine Room was established in 2001 to support small-medium sized New Zealand businesses and help them achieve their goals. Over the past decade our business has grown into a vibrant team of accountants and business coaches, with offices based in Pukekohe, South Auckland and Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty.
We take pride in providing high-quality Business Coaching, Financial Management & Accounting services in a professional but down-to-earth manner for real New Zealand businesses. We work hard for our clients, using language they can understand, providing information they can use and delivering results they can see.
Meet the Engine Room team
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Whoever it was that said accountants lacked personality, well, they had certainly never met Margaret.
From her sharp dressing to her vibrant Engine-Room-red car and great sense of humour, Margaret stands out from the crowd. She’s an experienced accountant and business owner who is as passionate about her clients’ businesses as she is about her own.
Margaret founded ERCA in 2001 (as Diva Business Solutions)
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Our resident Energiser bunny and chief juggler, Philippa took her passion for business to the extreme by qualifying as an Accountant in two countries, the UK and NZ.
Philippa spent 12 years with KPMG in London where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, writing a manual and training the KPMG team on the topic. This experience firmly established Philippa’s passion for training and up-skilling business owners; before leaving the UK she also created and presented a mini MBA programme for her then employer, O'Byrne & Kennedy.
Accounting and Cloud Application Support Seniorhakan@engineroomca.co.nz
Hakan left behind the hustle and bustle of London in 2013, moving to New Zealand to explore all that our beautiful country has to offer. At Engine Room Hakan provides accounting and management software solutions and implementation services to clients, he has also fortuitously taken the title of in-house Excel whiz. Hakan has eight years of accountancy experience behind him and is two exams away from becoming a Chartered Accountant. He loves being personally involved with a diverse collection of businesses, and being able to provide advice and solutions to his clients gives him great satisfaction. Interests outside of work get him connecting with the outdoors; he may be found cycling, photographing landscapes and traveling the country in his classic Volkswagen campervan.
Louise is a qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience. We have been lucky enough to have her in our accounting team since 2007. Her specialisation lies in trusts, as well as spending many years helping small-medium sized businesses with tax, GST and structural issues. Outside of work Louise enjoys spending time with her family (she’s a proud grandmother) and exercising the artistic side of her brain with a spot of photography, scrapbooking or floral design. Although they call Tuakau home, Louise & her husband had 6 weeks in 2012 sampling the sights and sounds of Europe on their “Big OE”– we were all very jealous!
Accounting Support and Xero Consultantmanon@engineroomca.co.nz
Manon started life at the Engine Room as a receptionist and office administrator in April 2008. Since then she has moved into the accounting sphere and is now a skilled assistant to our accountants, tirelessly preparing GST returns and draft financial reports. When not diligently clocking up the hours at 217 King Street, Manon is out & about enjoying the great kiwi outdoors, or spending time with her family. She is a proud parent and during winter can regularly be found on the side line of Franklin’s sports fields. Currently studying accounting and tax through Massey University we don't know how she manages it all.
Hailing from the Isle of Man, Nicola is an Accountant who enjoys the diversity of dealing with different businesses. She has experience in both Chartered Accounting and working as an in house accountant. Nicola has become our expert getting recalcitrant client's affairs up to date! Having green fingers, she enjoys growing her own vegetables and doing a bit of baking. Baking is a family affair with her children getting involved. She also enjoys keeping in touch with her family back in the UK, and the occasional visit back to the Isle of Man where life and the roads are a bit slower.
Sandra qualified and worked as an Occupational Therapist before deciding it was 'time for a change'. Growing up near Te Awamutu, she's a country girl a heart. Working her way through her degree part time around the needs of three business children she joined us a an Accounting Technician with responsibility for tax management and is always keen to learn new skills. Sandra enjoys getting 'stuck into' the garden at home and has a passion for handcrafts.
Stephen is originally from Christchurch but now lives in Papakura with his wife and two “exceptional” (by his own admission) children. He left life as a high-pressured Operations Manager for a (slightly) gentler role as our Business Manager. Capable and reliable, Stephen is our office’s go-to-guy; if you don’t know or can’t find, just ask Stephen. He liaises with clients, manages workflow as well as keeping the team and systems on track. His quirky sense of humour keeps us all on our toes.
Steve’s work philosophy is “Have fun!!” (exclamation marks included) and to that end he always has a smile on his face and a joke up his sleeve. An affinity for numbers and a get it done attitude, also make Steve a hard-working, no-nonsense accountant. As the longest standing Engine Room employee, Steve knows the Engine Room inside & out and takes pride in looking after his clients’ annual accounts and tax compliance work. He has a wealth of accounting experience, having worked in both Australia and New Zealand in commercial and public practice, and as a partner of a practice for 10 years.
Another horse-mad member of our team, Steve spends much of his free time in the world of harness racing - as a breeder, owner, trainer & driver.
With two children, a passion for horses and for helping her clients, Vanessa is one multi-talented, multi-tasking woman. She has been a part of the Engine Room team since 2005 and has over 15 years of experience in public practice, working with New Zealand businesses of all shapes and sizes. At the Engine Room she works with a small group of clients on a regular basis to keep their growth plans on task. With expertise in bloodstock and livestock accounting, as well and insolvency and tax, she brings a broad knowledge to the team. Vanessa is a stickler for getting things done accurately and on time and says the best part of the job is watching clients’ businesses grow.
Colette is our accounting extraordinaire in Tauranga. Her time is divided between managing the preparation of Financial Statements, GST returns, Payroll and PAYE for Engine Room clients. Colette is adding to her four years of in-house accounting experience by studying extramurally to complete her Accounting Degree through Massey University. She is also working towards becoming Xero certified. After hours Colette’s passion finds her in the kitchen baking and decorating all sorts of treats, and walking her two adorable dogs Georgie and Alvin along the beach.
Reception, Administration and PA to Margaret Holmesjade@engineroomca.co.nz
An enthusiast for all things organisational, Jade is the bubbly, smiling face at reception in the Tauranga office. With a diverse range of skills and experience in business, Jade loves to ensure that her work is making a difference, is great at making plans come into fruition and has a passion for technology. Outside of work Jade is passionate about travel, and uses her spare time to improve her design and photography skills and learn a second language. She hopes to tick off more of the Wonders of the World in each overseas adventure.
Melissa is our busy accountant preparing financial statements and tax returns for our clients in the Tauranga office. She loves working through a challenge and being organised, which is helpful as outside of her work at Engine Room, Melissa has two young boys at home and owns her own demanding hospitality business, with husband Mark.