The Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand (ATAINZ) exists to promote the welfare and professional development of its members and to represent members' interests in New Zealand. It is unique in the New Zealand tax and accounting market because of its grassroots contact with members.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Trethewey the top Bachelor of Business 71 306 Taxation student at the Open Polytechnic for 2013.
Ryan is one of two recipients of the ATAINZ of prizes for students who attained the best results in taxation courses offered through the Open Polytechnic Ryan has kindly provided us with the following bio:


Ryan started his working career as a shepherd on a sheep and beef farm 50 minutes from Gisborne. After working there for 7 years he made the big decision to switch careers from farming to accounting, getting employment at Graham & Dobson Ltd in Gisborne.


At this time Ryan also enrolled at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and began study towards the New Zealand Diploma of Business while working. After completion of the diploma in 2011 he continued study towards the Bachelor of Business. Ryan is two papers away from completion of the degree, and continues to work at Graham & Dobson.

When not working or studying Ryan enjoys a wide range of activities which include outdoor pursuits: hunting, fishing, camping etc with fishing being his passion. He is a member of the local tennis club, and also enjoys reading, computer gaming, and keeps a tropical fish tank.


CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Crosby, top NZ Diploma in Business 606 Taxation student at the Open Polytechnic
Linda was born and raised in The Netherlands but decided to make New Zealand her home in 1995. She worked for Vero Insurance for 10 years in various roles, ending up in Learning & Development as a Technical Trainer.   

Linda always had a passion for learning so when she took time out to raise her children she seized the opportunity to make a career move by studying Accounting with the Open Polytechnic. She is over halfway through her NZ Diploma of Business and very much enjoying this new challenge, achieving top marks in her Accounting Practices and Taxation papers.

Linda normally lives in sunny Papamoa Beach but because her husband is involved with the Christchurch rebuild the family is currently living in Christchurch for a year. When Linda is not studying or looking after her family she enjoys socialising, photography and travelling around the South Island, seeing as much as possible before heading back up North. At home in Papamoa she very much enjoys the beach lifestyle, boating and water skiing.