Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand has appointed Kateriina Selwyn from GHA as Māori Sector Manager – a first for the country’s largest accounting organisation.
Kateriina is currently on secondment from GHA and her role at Chartered Accountants ANZ will be to foster long-term and meaningful relationships with Iwi (tribes), employers, Chartered Accountants ANZ members and prospective members to increase the number of Māori Chartered Accountants.
Simon Grant, Head of Members for Chartered Accountants ANZ said “Kateriina will provide a critical connection between our members, Government, business and enterprise, and our strategic partners, including Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa – the National Māori Accountants Network.
“As an organisation we are committed to helping fix the under representation of Māori in the accounting profession.”
“We have been working with Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa to encourage more Māori to become Chartered Accountants and help fill the gap in governance, business and financial skills resulting from rapid growth in Māori businesses and the shortage of Māori accountants.”
Kateriina says her role will provide the opportunity to not only engage with Māori currently studying accounting, but encourage more Māori into the profession.
“I see this role as an opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with Māori as they begin their journey into the accounting profession and I look forward to the positive outcomes that this role will bring to Māori and the profession.
“Our team at GHA are committed to growing the number of Māori in the accounting profession, so this role is a very important initiative to help achieve this aspirational goal.”