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Here at Sidekick we’re Xero accountants that are at the forefront of the cloud computing revolution in the accounting industry. We’re technology-minded and love recommending new software and services to help make your business run more smoothly. We’ve always been a forward-looking company, helping our clients see where they’re going rather than giving them a backwards-looking summary of where they’ve already been.

Our clients love that we speak their language and make an effort to really ‘get’ what their business is about. Sidekick is at your side with the advice you need, when and where you need it. At the end of the day what we do is pretty simple – we want to help you be more successful. If you’re looking for a modern team of Christchurch accountants, feel free to get in touch. 

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    Meet the Christchurch Team

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    Director

    Cameron Robertson

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    Director

    Lisa Adamson

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    Adviser

    Ric Thorpe

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    Accountant

    Katie Ashton

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    Accountant

    Jenna Anderson

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    Accountant

    Megan Power

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    Accountant

    Ayumi Ogata

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    Accountant

    Emily Roach

    Accountant

    Whitney Hepburn

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    Accountant

    Ben Bailey

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    Accountant

    Ryan Wallace

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    Josh Oquendo

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    Accountant

    Chelsea Buckeridge

    Junior Accountant

    Ihi McIntyre

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    Office Manager

    Charlotte Roberts

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    Administration Assistant

    Ashleigh Falgar

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    Receptionist

    Shaunagh Poutoa

    Assistant

    Greanne Williams

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    Group Operations Manager

    Julie Copland

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    Administrator

    Vanessa Burt

    Group Marketing Coordinator

    Victoria Hay

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    Consultant

    Dave Jessep

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    Office Dog

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    Director

    Cameron Robertson

    Cameron is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and has been practicing in the accounting industry since 2010. A born and bred Cantabrian, Cameron studied at the University of Canterbury and now services our local clients for Sidekick Christchurch.

    Cameron has worked alongside business owners in a wide range of industries, from investment properties, to trades to professionals. Cameron draws on his vast experience in the SME environment to ensure your business is on the right track.

    Cameron is a big sports lover. Apart from being a huge Warriors fan he’s also a whiz at playing both rugby and cricket, and likes to dabble in golf, cycling, and rugby league.

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    Director

    Lisa Adamson

    Lisa our Director is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant holding a private practice certificate, and has over ten years experience working with businesses in the Medium to Large Business sector.

    Lisa studied at the University of Otago to gain a BCom majoring in Accounting and minoring in Tourism. Lisa has worked with the growing Sidekick team for six years before starting Sidekick Commercial in 2019. Through some changes and opportunities, Sidekick Commercial, Sidekick Christchurch and DJCA all combined during Lockdown 2020 to create Sidekick CA. Through Crisis comes opportunity!

    Lisa has a wealth of experience working with almost every industry you can think of whilst currently having a big focus with large companies in the HR, hospitality, training and construction space both locally in Christchurch and Nationwide.

    A keen traveller, Lisa enjoys spending time planning her next overseas holiday (although that’s not happening for a while). Lisa spends her weekends relaxing and dining out with friends and visiting family in Whakatane or some of the other amazing places New Zealand has to offer.

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    Adviser

    Ric Thorpe

    Ric Thorpe is one of the owners of Sidekick Chartered Accountancy group. Ric is one of the leads in the 20 strong Christchurch team as well as assisting the Sidekick group across the South Island, which now has offices in 8 locations and over 60 team members (with an additional 17+ overseas). Ric has been instrumental in fostering the incredible family-like team culture at Sidekick and helping grow the businesses by spreading the word of Fixed-Fee, Modern Accountancy across the country. Ric has also held  roles in governance and strategy for not-for-profit organisations, membership organisations such as the Christchurch Business Club, as well as within the Sidekick Group.

    Traditionally Ric has been at the front end of Sidekick as the sales expert, building referral networks and solution partners across many industries. Since 2020 Ric has been predominantly Christchurch based (which can largely be attributed to the Covid-19 situation). Now Ric’s role is a mix between sales and consulting to small and medium businesses. Working with clients mostly to help them grow! His expertise lie in sales, establishing a strategy, pitching and most importantly, closing!

    More time in Christchurch has provided a great opportunity to focus on internal projects, including team development and the SidekickTV channel, where Ric interviews local business people about a variety of hot topics in economic discourse.

    A key thing for Ric is culture. If you have the right people and they all have a common purpose along with respect and love for one another, your business should thrive!

    Accountant

    Katie Ashton

    Katie, one of our friendly accountants here at Sidekick Commercial has a Bachelor of Applied Management Accounting from Ara and is embarking on her Chartered Accounting qualification this year.

    Before joining Sidekick in 2018, Katie worked in Corporate Accounting in Melbourne for five years, before moving back to Christchurch to be closer to family.

    Katie enjoys working closely with the Sidekick Commercial clients, and especially enjoys the satisfaction of watching them grow and develop to reach their business goals.

    Outside of work Katie enjoys being active with boxing and mountain biking, traveling, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends.

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    Accountant

    Jenna Anderson

    Jenna is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, graduating from Otago University with a BCom followed by a Diploma in Accounting from Lincoln University. Jenna is one of our valued senior accountants in Christchurch and has been with the djca and now Sidekick team since 2014.

    Jenna’s role involves working with a variety of SME businesses in Christchurch, with a focus on developing close working relationships with many of these clients.

    When she’s not in the office, Jenna enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking and visiting family in Wanaka.

    Working with Jenna, you’ll enjoy her cool, casual style combined with her attention to detail and getting things right!

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    Accountant

    Megan Power

    Megan studied at the University of Canterbury, gaining both a bachelor of laws and a bachelor of arts degrees. She’s also a Chartered Accountant and has spent 20 years working in both commercial and CA sectors. She brings a wealth of experience to her new role at Sidekick!

    Outside of work, Megan loves going biking and skiing and spending time with her family. She also loves travelling to new places, and hopes to be able to get out there and do it again sometime soon!

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    Accountant

    Ayumi Ogata

    Ayumi graduated with a Commerce Degree from Fukuoka University in Japan in 2005, has a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from ARA and is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant. Ayumi is one of our valued Accountants and has been with Sidekick since 2012.

    Ayumi has first hand experience in running her own small business and draws on this knowledge to help our clients. You’ll find Ayumi and her Yum Yum Gyoza team at the Riccarton Farmers market or catering for functions with her delicious handmade Japanese Dumplings.

    Ayumi is a big fan of the outdoors, especially fishing, camping and snowboarding. Ayumi also competes in Roller Derby and absolutely loves it!

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    Accountant

    Emily Roach

    Emily, one of our whizz-kid accountants, joined the Sidekick team in February 2017 and boy are we glad to have her on board! Emily has been working in the accounting industry for many years, starting her career in administration at an accounting firm, and loved the work so much she worked her way up to being an accountant.

    From working as an accountant at accounting firms, in the tech industry, and for a charity, Emily brings a great depth of knowledge and experience to the team. Emily has travelled through Europe, lived and worked in the UK, and is always planning the next trip, her most recent being South East Asia!

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    Whitney Hepburn

    Whitney graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, and started her career with Sidekick in 2019. She’s also starting her Chartered Accounting qualification this year.

    As well as all her accountancy skills, she’s also a local Football star! She’s represented New Zealand in age group levels, and currently plays for the Canterbury Women’s team who’ve won 6 national championship titles. As both a talented Sportswoman and Accountant, she’s a great asset for the Sidekick team!

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    Accountant

    Ben Bailey

    Ben joined the Sidekick team in late 2020. He studied at the University of Canterbury and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting.

    After gaining Accounting experience in Canterbury, Ben spent the last 2 years over in Germany playing Rugby in the 1st Bundesliga. He returned late last year and started up here at Sidekick. In his free time, Ben enjoys getting out for a run, meeting new people, and obviously a game of Rugby!

    Ben brings a wide range of knowledge and skills from his time working and travelling, and has settled in really well here at Sidekick.

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    Accountant

    Ryan Wallace

    Ryan joined Sidekick in February, 2021. He has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial management from Varsity college in South Africa, and did the second half of his degree via correspondence while he was here in New Zealand (graduating in 2019).

    Ryan is also a top notch Cricketer and has spent the last 7 years playing cricket around the globe. He spent time in England and South Africa, before moving to New Zealand 4 years ago and he’s been here ever since! He’s also a high level Hockey player, and was in the South African U21 World Cup Hockey Squad and also plays for the Canterbury Cavaliers men’s hockey team. In his free time he loves to hit the links, go out for an early morning surf or have a BBQ with his mates.

    Ryan’s a real all-rounder, and a great addition to our Sidekick team!

    Accountant

    Josh Oquendo

    Meet Josh Oquendo, one of the talented members of the Sidekick Chartered Accountants team. With over a year of experience in the audit department at Nexia, Josh has brought his skills and expertise to our firm to help our clients achieve their financial goals.

    Josh is an ambitious individual who always goes the extra mile to ensure that his clients receive the best possible service. He is passionate about providing accurate financial advice and helping his clients make informed decisions about their financial future. Josh is currently working towards obtaining his Chartered Accountancy Qualifications, and he is making great progress towards achieving his goal.

    When he’s not working, Josh has a number of interests that keep him busy. He is an avid DJ and enjoys spending time creating music and playing at local events. Josh also enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit. He believes that staying active is an important part of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

    Josh’s ability to work quickly and efficiently is one of his key strengths, and it is a valuable asset to our team. He is always looking for ways to improve his skills and knowledge, and he is committed to providing the best possible service to our clients.

    At Sidekick Chartered Accountants, we are proud to have Josh as part of our team. His dedication and commitment to our clients are second to none, and we know that he will continue to excel in his role as he works towards achieving his goals. If you are looking for expert financial advice and support, get in touch with Sidekick Chartered Accountants today and let us help you achieve your financial goals.

    Accountant

    Chelsea Buckeridge

    Chelsea started her accounting career in her home town of Whanganui, where she worked at a local firm while completing her Bachelor of Business, majoring in accountancy.

    She moved down to Christchurch when she has begun her career at Sidekick, with the opportunity to “work with a firm that continues to evolve from conventional accounting practices” exciting her.

    In her free time, Chelsea loves keeping active, going to the beach over the summer months, attending gigs and festivals, and she’s always excited to head back home to Whanganui to visit her whānau.

    Junior Accountant

    Ihi McIntyre

    Ihi joined the Sidekick team in early 2020. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury.

    Ihi is the newest member of our accounting team after being our receptionist for over a year.

    She is originally from Blenheim but moved to Christchurch straight out of school.

    In her spare time you will find her at a Crossfit gym, out shopping, studying or hanging out with friends.

    Office Manager

    Charlotte Roberts

    Charlotte, our Office Manager, plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth running of the Christchurch office. As well as managing our internal office processes and administration, Charlotte also completes bookkeeping and payroll for a variety of clients.

    Charlotte holds a degree in Travel and Tourism and has many years of front line experience. However we’re convinced her fantastic skills in multi-tasking and organising chaos must come from being a Mum to her beautiful children Riley and Tawera.

    When she’s not hanging out with the Sidekick team, Charlotte enjoys relaxing with family and friends.

    Administration Assistant

    Ashleigh Falgar

    Ashleigh, our Administration Assistant, is a key member of our team. Helping out with many aspects of administration, Ashleigh also completes bookkeeping for a variety of clients, manages the NZ Companies Office administration and provides Xero training for our Christchurch office.

    Originally from Nelson, Ashleigh moved to Christchurch in 2010 and has since spent a gap year in Australia and gained some valuable experience in administration.

    During the weekends Ashleigh likes to spend her time exploring local spots around Canterbury or up at the ski field on her snowboard.

    Receptionist

    Shaunagh Poutoa

    Shaunagh is our friendly receptionist who’ll be greeting you when you come to visit us in the office or call us on the phone. Helping out with many aspects of administration, Shaunagh ensures all clients and staff are well taken care of.

    Assistant

    Greanne Williams

    Meet our newest member of our team Greanne. She has recently joined our team as an assistant, supporting the team in any way possible. 

    Originally from the West Coast Greanne has recently moved over to the big city to gain valuable skills and experience to help further her career. She is new to the industry but eager to learn and grow alongside us.

    During her spare time, Greanne enjoys traveling back to the West Coast when she can, spending time with friends and family, and attending gigs and festivals. 

    Group Operations Manager

    Julie Copland

    Whilst also being a Chartered Accountant, Julie has a passion for projects and improving business processes. Julie works across the Sidekick Group to find better and smarter ways to work.

    After attending Lincoln University, Julie was in the New Zealand Airforce where she was a Logistics Officer, organising the deployment of both staff and equipment within New Zealand and around the world. She then moved home to Canterbury to pursue Accounting and has since had roles in a Chartered Accounting firm in Ashburton, as a Management Accountant for Ravensdown, and then more lately Midlands Apiaries.

    Outside of work Julie loves playing squash and netball, travelling, and spending time with her husband Dan and son Thomas.

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    Administrator

    Vanessa Burt

    If somebody asks ‘who is the best person to do this tricky job?” our answer is likely to be Vanessa.

    Vanessa manages Sidekick Bookkeeping and completes clients’ various administrative duties, advises them on their tax obligations, acts as our one stop Xero help-desk and even completes the odd tax return.

    Vanessa is also a qualified Gym instructor and has competed in Body Building competitions, so when she’s not at the gym teaching group fitness you will find her at home with her children Tyler, Manaia and Kobe.

    Group Marketing Coordinator

    Victoria Hay

    Victoria is a digital marketing guru, her most recent position was with Harrison Bloy as their Digital Marketing Manager. She has a Bachelor of Design specialising in multimedia. She has recently returned from a 5 month break where she hiked the full Te Araroa trail (3,000 kms from Cape Reinga to Bluff), a pretty amazing feat! Other than tramping Victoria is also a keen runner and horse rider. Victoria will be based in the Christchurch office and possibly a bit from home & Selwyn too.

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    Consultant

    Dave Jessep

    Dave’s spent over 20 years in accounting and he still loves coming to work every day. He founded the company back in 2006, and his infectious enthusiasm has helped him build a company of talented staff who are excited to be part of DJCA.

    As you’d expect, Dave is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. He’s also a Mentor with the Business Mentors of NZ program, and is especially skilled at advising clients from all kinds of industries in strategy, planning, goal setting, and implementing business structures.

    Dave played hooker for Marlborough Boys’ College and won the Matthews Cup for Most Outstanding Player (ahead of Anton Oliver, who was maybe 14 at the time). He now enjoys running and biking with his kids.

    Office Dog

    Jimmy

    Jimmy is our newest intern. He is a little Jack Russell and Fox Terrier cross, and he comes into the office most days of the week with Ayumi. He is very young and a little shy.  Whilst he is still learning how to be a good office dog and greet clients, he has already got the entertaining and uplifting of his workmates sorted.

    Outside of his work hours you will find him running and foraging in the red zone, hanging out with his doggy friends, and getting lots of good cuddles from his doting parents. We love having him in the office, and he never fails to brighten up our days.

    Choosing the best Sidekick for the job is a tricky business, so we’ve made a helpful comparison table below to help you decide.

    If you’d like to talk these through a little more or discuss your unique needs, please get in touch with us

    Sidekick Lite

    • Xero Software
    • Complimentary training
    • 1 Meeting with your Sidekick accountant
    • Annual financial statements
    • Company and personal tax returns

    Sidekick

    +All previous features
    • 2 Meetings with your Sidekick accountant
    • GST returns
    • Unlimited support and advice
    • Monthly performance reports

    Sidekick +

    +All previous features
    • 4 Meetings with your Sidekick accountant
    • Annual budgeting