Chartered Accountants Diprose Miller in Morrinsville and Te Aroha have been working with farmers for more than 45 years. Director Nigel McWilliam says most farm businesses are adopting technology as a tool to streamline their operations and improve efficiencies.
As a Xero Platinum Partner, Diprose Miller is one of just 20 firms in New Zealand that have more than 500 clients using Xero software. “It’s a testament to how well we, and our clients, are embracing change and technology,” says McWilliam. “Our clients are very progressive and we educate them about the tools available to facilitate their accounting.”
They don’t have time for complicated systems, and one of the most appealing aspects of Xero is its intuitive nature and the clear way it presents information.
“One of my clients sits in his tractor and does his GST on his iPad while waiting for the bobby truck to arrive. The interface is easy and intuitive to use. Those soft points make a big difference. Another client compares using Xero to the ease of operating his smartphone.”
Xero is making the client-advisor relationship much easier for both parties, McWilliam says. “We have a collaborative relationship with our clients. Over time, the compliance model will disappear so we’re adopting more of an advisory role, helping them understand what the numbers actually mean. With our clients on Xero, we’re not waiting on them or bothering them to get records to us, and they’re not wasting time searching for backup files because it’s all there. Instead, we’re on the front foot, providing reports that we can discuss together.”
Given the outlook for the dairy payout, actualto-budget reporting will become very important over the next 18 months, according to McWilliam, and Xero and Figured are essential tools to create these reports.
“There will be some really tight cash flows and a real strain on working capital. Banks will demand rigorous monthly reporting, which Xero can quickly provide.”
BBus (Agrib & Fin), CA
Ed is a chartered accountant who has developed his expertise with roles at KPMG and Virbac/Stockguard before joining the Diprose Miller team in 2015. A solid background in auditing has provided Ed with risk identification and process improvement skills. At Diprose Miller, he combines these with good budgeting and forecasting to help his clients identify opportunities for business growth and to limit exposure to shocks in their market. Ed also has a keen interest in technology and uses it for the benefit of his clients’ business. Ed is married to Hayley and together they have a young daughter. Outside of the office, Ed enjoys anything sport-related and when spare time allows can often be found on the golf course.
Kelly started with Candy Tappin prior to 1970 and after recently selling his interest in Diprose Miller Limited he continues to act as a “consultant” to a significant client base.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Matamata, Kelly has had a lifetime involvement with the agriculture sector. He was closely involved in the formation and building of NZ Dairies Ltd, and has acted as both chairman and director. He is a director of the North Otago Irrigation Company, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and a Fellow of the New Zealand Trustees Association.
Born and raised on a Hawkes Bay vineyard, Anthony attended Massey University in the 1980’s. Initially acquiring a degree in Industrial Technology, Anthony moved into the Chartered Accounting profession in 1988 when he joined Candy Diprose & Partners. He is now a full member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand.
Anthony and his family settled in Te Aroha in 1990, where he enjoys motorcycling, keeping fit, playing his guitar and relaxing with his family. Anthony is also involved with a number of local community groups and has even been sighted on stage with the local amateur dramatic society.
BBA(Fin), MBA, PGDipPFinPlan, PGCert(MgtSt), CA
Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant (CA) who joined Diprose Miller in October 2011 and became a Director in April 2015. Beginning his professional career in the banking and finance sector with Westpac, Jeremy worked in a variety of roles including credit and relationship management. This experience provided Jeremy with an excellent platform to transition into the accountancy industry.
Jeremy has a diverse set of skills that allows him to work with a number of innovative and technology-driven products. Using these allows Jeremy to provide important assessments of client’s businesses, utilising technology as a means to simplify processes.
Jeremy lives on a 20 acre property located between Matamata and Tirau. His interests include a passion for cricket, league, rugby and overseas travel with his partner Christine.
After attending Te Aroha College, Darren completed a degree in Applied Science (majoring in Rural Valuation) at Massey University in Palmerston North. This provided him with an excellent understanding of finance and management issues in the rural sector.
Darren joined Diprose Miller in 1998 before heading off on a four-year “OE”. He rejoined Diprose Miller in 2002 and purchased an interest in the practice in 2011.
Darren, who currently serves as the chairman of the Te Aroha Business Association, is married to Megan, and together they have four young children. He enjoys watching a variety of sports, when time allows, and still plays competitive squash for the Te Aroha Club.
One of only a handful of female Chartered Accountants servicing the rural sector, Jeanette grew up on her parents’ dairy farm near Te Aroha. She joined Diprose Miller Ltd in 2006 and became a director in 2008.
Jeanette has over 20 years’ experience working in accounting and taxation. She also has background experience in farming and operates a business outside of Chartered Accountancy.
In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys spending time at the beach – fishing, diving or just reading a good book. She is a supporter of the Chiefs and the Waikato-BOP Magic. An avid traveller, she has explored many exciting destinations around the world.
Born in Auckland and raised in Te Aroha, Keith attended Te Aroha Primary School and Te Aroha College. He gained his accounting qualification at the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC).
Keith joined Candy Tappin & Diprose in 1976, becoming a partner in 1978. He has extensive knowledge of farm and business accounting along with Estate and Trust Planning. Keith is about to be recognised by the
Accountants Society with an award for 40 years as a member.
Married to Rita, a Te Aroha girl, they have three adult sons and eight grandchildren. A member of the College Old Boys Rugby Club, Keith has an interest in most sports, especially rugby, rugby league and cricket. He’s also not averse to watching the odd horse race! Keith also enjoys reading, gardening a bit of tramping, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting endeavours.
Tony is a Chartered Accountant and has been a director of Diprose Miller Limited in Morrinsville since April 2013. Prior to this, Tony ran his own chartered accountancy business, Tony Brown & Associates. His aim is to help clients who have drive and passion excel within their business.
Tony has a varied client base with a special interest in Bloodstock Ventures. He has experience in dairy farming after milking his own herd for several seasons, and also has a small farmlet where he runs both livestock and bloodstock.
Tony is a Director of the Waikato Racing Club and a member of the Institute of Directors.
BCom(VFM), DipAcc, DipFMgt, DipAgric, PGCert(Gov), CA
Nigel is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a director of Diprose Miller Limited in Morrinsville. Originally from a farming background in southern Southland, Nigel has tertiary qualifications at Lincoln, Massey and Waikato universities with his professional career including 10 years’ banking experience starting with the Rural Bank in Palmerston North followed by experience in Gisborne, Otago, and Waikato and including 2 years in the UK.
Nigel has been based in Morrinsville since 2000 and is heavily involved in the dairy industry and the local community, currently holding positions including Chairman of the Morrinsville Chamber of Commerce (MCC) and Director of Maheno Farms Limited. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, was a finalist for the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) Outstanding New Member of the Year in 2010 and a member of Waikato University’s Golden Key Honours society (2013).
Nigel is married to Ange and together they have three teenage sons. A keen sportsman, he has been managing rugby and cricket at St John’s College in Hamilton over the years and more recently involved at governance level as a member of the school’s board of trustees.