Kelly Thomsen BAcc - Director
I am excited to be a co-owner of Bookkeepers NZ with Diana Ketel and being a part of the bookkeeping world, supporting our clients to understand and keep up to date with their business needs.
I was raised in a small town of Te Kuiti where my family were in business and I lived a very happy life with my parents, brother and sister.
Once leaving my childhood and heading into my career. I chose to become a chef, this passion took me around the world experiencing cuisines and cultures that I will remember forever.
Upon my return I chose to look at purchasing a restaurant, however did not know the first thing about accounts. This led me to undertake a couple of business papers with Massey University, which uncovered a new passion (only few will understand this!) for numbers & accounting!
I worked full time in an accountancy practice and studied full time extramurally with Massey University to attain my degree in Accountancy, this led me to well-known accountancy firms in Taupo and the Hawkes Bay where I thrived for many years.
In 2006 I met my husband Callum, he introduced me to the life of farming, yet another major change. With these combined interests I found myself specialising in rural accounting. I especially enjoy the area of converting clients to new software systems that best help them with their farming operations.
Callum and I have 2 children who we are hugely proud of and love. We are based in Puketapu, Napier amongst the supportive community including the local preschool and school. As a family we love the local pub (for lunches of course), parks, cycle tracks and of course the ice cream shop!
My shift from Accounting to Bookkeeping was to allow what so many of us are looking for in life, freedom, family, happiness and balance. I love to spend time with my family and also be able to spend time with my clients without watching the clock! It is important to me that my clients understand what they are doing in their business and they know I have time to help them.
Lauretta Mason - Bookkeeper
I have worked for the last 10 years in the accounting service industry initially studying for a BBS while working full time. During this time I have gained experience in general accounting, including annual and monthly compliance, taxation and companies office requirements.
I also specialize in accounting software, training staff and clients, troubleshooting related issues, providing software support and working in the administration of software services.
Mechelle Doughty - Financial Administrator Assistant
I have lived in Hawkes Bay since 2011, coming from RotoVegas, I have owned and operated my own hair salon as well as doing accounts for my husband’s building business, which is how I became interested in accounts, of which I have been doing since 2013.
I have been married to Mike since 1994. We have 2 beautiful children Caleb and Mackenzie. My family are extremely important in all I do.
We now live a semi-rural life in Puketapu and I am enjoying the refreshing lifestyle of sheep and gumboots.
I have strong principles in life to do the best I can, enjoy life and be a person that can be trusted to get the job done!
I enjoy travel and having a spot of me time to go to the gym … eat food … drink coffee … drink wine!
I believe a Smile will get you a long way in Life