The Future of Accounting 2024

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Discover a world of career pathways in accounting at this special event hosted by Waikato Management School, in association with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Hear from industry experts and recent university graduates about what skills you need to get started in this exciting field, why Chartered Accountants are increasingly seen as strategic business partners in the digital era, and where accounting can take you in New Zealand or overseas. Learn about different industries that accountants can work in.

Open to all secondary school students in years 11-13, teachers, careers advisors, and parents/whānau.

Enjoy our hospitality with free nibbles and networking after the event.

This careers event is a great opportunity for school students, teachers and careers advisors to hear from 'The Big Four' accounting firms and senior business leaders about how the role of Chartered Accountants is changing in the digital era. Check out the full event schedule below.

Learn how you can start your academic journey to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) at the University of Waikato. It's your passport to a well-paid and enjoyable career anywhere in the world!

Students are warmly encouraged to enter our short essay/video competition and be in to win a prize! See details below.

Waikato Management School is New Zealand's leading business school, ranked #1 for Business & Economics in the Times Higher Education Rankings 2023.

Event details


16 August 2023, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, followed by FREE food and networking


PwC lecture theatre (MSB.1.04) - Level One
Waikato Management School (MSB building), Hillcrest Road
University of Waikato, Hamilton


Free parking is available on campus (see map here) in the Gate 10 carpark (off Silverdale Road), or the Gate 1 carpark (off Knighton Road).

Event schedule

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TimeTopic / Speaker

Welcome to the University of Waikato:

  • Professor Frank Scrimgeour – Head of School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Update from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand:

  • Maja Murray – Careers Engagement Manager, CAANZ

Study Accounting at the University of Waikato's Management School:

  • Associate Professor Mary Low – Accounting Subject Convenor

Waikato Accounting recent graduates:

  • Mckenzie Northcott - Associate, PwC (graduated 2022)
  • Connor Haar - Associate, PwC (graduated 2022)
  • Epenisa Taukafa - Bachelor of Business in Accounting - CAANZ Pacific Scholarship winner 2021, EY Study Award and Internship winner 2023

Industry Experts Panel Session:

  • Chris Joblin – CEO, Tainui Group Holdings
  • Simon Graafhuis – CEO, Chiefs Rugby Club
  • Alan Chew – Founder, Houston Technology Group
  • Rae Gunn – Financial Controller, DairyNZ
  • Steven Rae – Director, Vazey Child
5.40pmKahoot Pop Quiz

'The Big Four' Open Forum:

  • Mark McCabe – Managing Partner, PwC Waikato
  • Riria Te Kanawa – Partner, National Industry Lead – Māori KPMG
  • Graeme Bennett – Audit Partner, EY Auckland
  • Matt Laing - Assurance and Advisory Partner, Deloitte Hamilton
6.05pmAnnounce winners of essay/video competition
6.15pm - 7.00pmNetworking and nibbles

Study Accounting at Waikato

Find out how you can study to become a Chartered Accountant at the University of Waikato, with our three-year Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Accounting.

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