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Centre for Accounting and Finance Education (CAFÉ)

The Centre for Accounting and Finance Education (CAFÉ) offers Accounting and Finance students many opportunities to build upon their degree.  You will have the opportunity to meet guest speakers from the business sector, participate on the international student exchange programme and experience studying and living abroad, or the opportunity to test your understanding of your course material through paid or voluntary work-based experiences or through student competitions.


Dunedin Community Accounting

Dunedin Community Accounting is a voluntary service organisation in which Otago accounting students provide accounting advice to not-for-profit organisations. Being involved in this programme is a great way to meet members of the local community, put your accounting skills to good use, plus volunteering looks great on your CV and something to talk about during job interviews.

Meet student volunteers Felix Lee and Oscar Acland

For more information please contact Associate Professor Ros Whiting

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Executive in Residence

30 April - 4 May 2018 Lara Ariell, Chief Financial Officer, Inland Revenue.

During Lara's s time within Otago's Department of Accountancy & Finance she met with staff and students, spoke to classes, and presented a guest lecture as part of the Otago Business School's Visiting Executive Programme.


Lara joined Inland Revenue in April 2016, initially on a 12 month secondment.

Before joining IR, Lara was the Deputy Chief Executive - Finance at the Tertiary Education Commission.

She also worked for the Ministry of Justice, initially as the CFO and then as General Manager Performance and Improvement, Courts and Tribunals. She also spent time as the CFO at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, and working in planning and finance teams across the public sector. She started her career working in receivership and insolvency with accountancy firm Price Waterhouse and then McCallum Petterson and Co.

Former Executives in Residence:

  • Antonia Watson, Managing Director Retail and Business Banking, ANZ
  • Warren Allen, Chief Executive - External Reporting Board
  • Graham Crombie, Professional Director & Business Advisor
  • John Judge, Chairman, ANZ

Accounting Mentoring Progamme

Our Accounting Mentoring Programme is available to all students majoring in Accounting. The programme helps familiarise you with the wide range of Accounting career opportunities, and also helps you understand what it means to become a member of a professional body.

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