Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers

From the President's desk

Hi Members. 

The last two months have been a blur of conferences and event attendances.  Since #Bookkeepcon18 I have attended on behalf of the Association, The Career Academy Graduation Ceremony in Auckland, a regional meeting in Queenstown before attending MYOB Partner Connect (who saw the Bob the Builder session??) and NZ Payroll Practitioners Association (NZPPA) conference in Auckland, as well as induction day, a board meeting and stakeholder meetings in Auckland. It has been awesome seeing our members attending these events also and thank you for stopping by and saying hello.

In September I personally attended Xerocon in Brisbane and was privileged, along with Lisa Martin, to speak as part of a panel discussion made up of award winning bookkeepers from NZ and Australia on the future of bookkeeping. I think I have spent more time in a hotel room than at home!  And, as what normally happens when life has been extremely busy with not a lot of time out for rest and relaxation, the body gives up its fighting mode and doesn’t operate as well as it should.  Unfortunately the bugs have gotten the better of me and I am currently trying to get this newsletter piece written from my lounge room.  There is no rest for the wicked!  So once the inbox has been cleared (cough cough), some quiet days are in order, along with some time spent on my own business and with my wonderful team, who have been extremely self-reliant in running Ontrack Bookkeeping with an absentee boss.  

The Anti-money Laundering and Counter Finance Terrorism Act (AML/CFT) is still top of mind and came into effect with bookkeepers and accountants from 1st October 2018.  How are you going?  Are you all ready?  Don’t panic if you aren’t, the DIA take the approach that as long as you are in the process of putting together your risk assessment and program they are there to help. If you bury your head in the sand, they would take a dim view of that behaviour and act accordingly. To assist you in your obligations, the ICNZB aim to provide as much information as possible.  We sent out an AML specific newsletter last month with a Q&A fact sheet for you. If you have any questions, please do let us know by emailing

Again, a huge thank you to everyone for the tremendous amount of hard work, for your time, energy and input into making this Association great.  Keep talking about the Association and the value of a certified bookkeeper, keep promoting the importance of certification, keep sharing your stories with us and keep up the awesome work.

If you have any queries on the above, please contact

Di Crawford-Errington
Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers