The Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers celebrated its 10-year anniversary on 15 July 2020 and reflects on the impact it has made throughout New Zealand
It used to be that a bookkeeper typically worked at home from the kitchen table, to earn a little bit of extra money while the kids were at school. There was little professional recognition for the work, or those doing it.
Fast forward to 2020 and the Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers (ICNZB) is now a thriving not for profit Association with a growing membership, and the recognition and support of the movers and shakers in the financial world such as Inland Revenue, Ministry of Business, Employment & Innovation, Department of Internal Affairs, Xero and MYOB.
Leonie Morgan, Certified Bookkeeper and owner of Addmin On Site in Northland says “I have never had the privilege to belong to such a supportive, giving Association before and am very grateful for the support and guidance”
“The ICNZB team are awesome and deserve something wonderful. Please know you are truly, truly appreciated and we at BKNZ absolutely love your work” – adds Di Ketel, Certified Bookkeeper and Director of Bookkeepers NZ in Hawkes Bay
So how did this happen? 10 years ago, a dedicated group of like-minded bookkeepers came together on a mission to create an organisation “for bookkeepers, by bookkeepers”. The intention was to provide support, develop standards for the profession and ensure its members continued education. An event was held in Christchurch to gauge demand, secured a Founding Sponsor and the rest, as they say, is history.
Craig Hudson, Managing Director for New Zealand and Pacific Islands at Xero comments: “We are absolutely thrilled at Xero to be able to support the bookkeeping community that has been instrumental to Xero's set up here in New Zealand and around the world. We are also incredibly grateful to forever be called the founding sponsor of ICNZB.”
ICNZB not only provides support, encouragement, comradery and a knowledgebase for its members, it also advocates for the bookkeeping profession as a whole.
The crowning achievement of our advocacy work is the 9-year collaboration with Inland Revenue to have bookkeeping recognised as a profession. The result? In mid-2019 Royal Assent was granted for a new Bookkeeper Agent status to allow bookkeepers across New Zealand to access their client’s affairs alongside their Tax Agent.
While the organisation as a whole works at a high level for the greater good of the profession, our members, ICNZB Certified Bookkeepers® have been showing their worth to the small business community over recent months. During the global COVID-19 pandemic and an enforced lock down situation, our members figuratively held the hands of clients facing the confusion and chaos of an unsure future, guiding them through the challenges of wage subsidies, business continuity planning, cashflow planning and lending an ear to talk through the issues.
“The professionalism and determination our members bring to table is a credit to the profession and I couldn’t be prouder of how they responded to the countrywide lockdown” says President, Di Crawford-Errington. “Individually they are the unsung heroes, as a community we are so much stronger.”
Craig Hudson adds “Thank you for your support, thank you for doing what you have been doing for small business in New Zealand because they really need it right now.”
While official celebrations were scheduled to occur at the Association’s annual conference in Napier this July, the event was deferred to 6-7 November 2020. To join us at this event and raise a belated glass in celebration of ICNZB’s achievements, tickets can be purchased from our website here.
Congratulations to our members, the often-unseen backbone of NZ small business who believed in the profession as much as we do to make us the success we are today.