Welcome to the Motueka Smart Business Centre.

We pride ourselves on the personal, professional service you will receive from us and look forward to working with you and helping you with all your accounting needs.

Talk to John on 03 528 1003 or 027 544 2000

Meet the team

John Murphy (principal, chartered accountant) –  John has +30 years of experience in most areas of accounting. He began his career with KPMG in Auckland, Christchurch and London.  He also worked at Nelson College as finance manager for 11 years, gaining experience in management accounting, employment relationships and project management. In 2004 he established his own accountancy practice in Motueka. John has lectured at NMIT and tutored at Canterbury and Lincoln universities in their accounting degree courses. Since moving to the Nelson region in 1992, John and his wife have enjoyed the Nelson lifestyle on their 25 acre block in Appleby. [email protected]

Alison Blanchett (principal, chartered accountant) – Alison is a director and principal with +20 years experience in the accounting industry, and principal of the  Smart Business Centre Nelson.  Alison provides exceptional service to clients on a wide range of business and taxation issues. [email protected]

Frank Newman (director) – Frank is the co-founder and General Manager of the Smart Business Centre Group. His experience includes accountancy and investment advice.  His specialist areas of interest within the Group include property investment advice and dispute resolution (arbitration/mediation).  He is the author of numerous books on investment matters. [email protected]

Mikaela Fisher (senior accountant) – Mikaela has a wide range of knowledge particularly in horticulture and viticulture and small and medium sized enterprises, and indepth knowledge of a range of accounting packages.  [email protected]

Saliman Griffith (accountant, trust administration) – Saliman has more than 20 years experience in chartered accountancy and joined  John’s team in 2008. Besides being expert in accountancy work, Saliman handles all our company and trust administration.  [email protected]

Sheridan Brereton (accountant, office administration) – Sheridan is the first point of contact for our clients. She carries out accountancy work, and the day to day receptionist duties. [email protected]



Our services

Business services

  • Accounting and bookkeeping (payroll, invoicing, debtor ledger management).
  • Budgeting and cash flow forecasts.
  • Business formations (companies, trusts).
  • Property investment (accounting, funding advice, investment analysis, ownership structures).

Specialist services

  • Smart software solutions (Smart Tools).
  • Xero training and APPS.
  • Succession planning to maximise the value of your business on sale.
  • Business valuations.
  • Retirement and estate planning.
  • Trust formation and administration.

Tax and Assurance

  • Tax planning and minimisation.
  • Audit/Assurance.

As members of the Smart Business Centre Group we can draw upon a wide range of specialist skills and services (from debt collection through to specialist tax matters).


End of year forms 

Authority to act for you >>>

Business questionnaire >>>

Mixed use assets >>>

Home office use calculation >>>

Rental questionnaire >>>

Personal questionnaire >>>

Creditors schedule >>>

Debtors schedule >>>

Residential property FAQ >>>

Livestock questionnaire Cattle >>>

Livestock questionnaire Sheep >>>

Livestock questionnaire Deer >>>

New clients

New Client form >>>

We pride themselves in providing a personal service to clients. We get to know you personally and understand your business needs so we can target services that will assist you to achieve your goals.

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Find Us

23 Wallace Street Motueka
PO Box 241, Motueka 7143
Phone 03 528 1003
Fax 03 528 1004
Mobile 027 544 2000
[email protected]

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