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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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Q&A with leading executives

Nigel Babbage

Director of NZX, Nigel Babbage, speaks to Rory King
(10mins 16secs - Recorded 3/5/2019)

John Judge

Chairman of Directors of ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd and a Director of Fletcher Building Ltd, speaks to student Cody Kirby
(8mins 35secs - Recorded 8/6/2016)

Shayne Elliott

ANZ CEO, speaks to student Henry Fitz-Gerald
(6mins 25secs - Recorded 26/7/2016)

David Mackrell

Former Deputy CFO of Air NZ, speaks to student Harry Flett
(7mins 2secs - Recorded 9/8/2016)

Greg Sise

Energy Link Founder and Managing Director, speaks to student Hilary Hickling
(8mins 30secs - Recorded 22/9/2016)

Rt Hon Bill English

Former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, speaks to student Gemma Duckett
(7mins 3secs - Recorded 27/9/2016)

Jade Gray

Gung Ho Pizza Founder, speaks to students Susie Xie and Lucy Prestidge
(14mins 1secs - Recorded 27/9/2016)

Graham Crombie

Professional Director and Business Advisor, speaks to student Delilah Thomson
(9mins 33secs - Recorded 11/10/2016)

Tony Allison

CEO Night 'n Day Foodstores, speaks to student Vishwas Singh
(8mins 06secs - Recorded 11/10/2016)

Antonia Watson

ANZ NZ, Managing Director, Retail & Business Banking, speaks to student Maddi Ingham
(4mins 34secs - Recorded 23/3/2017)

James Shaw

Green Party Co-Leader, speaks to student Samuel Kirk-Reeve
(6mins 24secs - Recorded 4/4/2017)

Geoff Bascand

Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Deputy Governor, speaks to student Salote Faupula
(9mins 51secs - Recorded 11/4/2017)

Anthony Heffernan

External Reporting Board, Director of Accounting Standards, speaks to student Matthew Maloney
(9mins 28secs - Recorded 7/4/2017)

Michael McMillan

CFA Institute, Director of Society Ethics Training, speaks to student Tiffany Robertson
(9mins 09secs - Recorded 7/4/2017)

Warren Allen

Chief Executive, External Reporting Board (XRB), speaks to student Craig Stanton
(10mins 45secs - Recorded 27/7/2017)

Stephen Barnes

Managing Director, Byronvale Advisors, speaks to student Amy Martin
(12mins 57secs - Recorded 24/8/2017)

Simone Robbers

Director of Strategy & Risk, Financial Markets Authority, speaks to student Petra Higgins
(7mins 37secs - Recorded 24/8/2017)

Craig Stobo

Professional Director and business owner, speaks to student Harry Munro-Clark
(7mins 04secs - Recorded 16/10/2017)

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Lara Ariell

Chief Financial Officer, Inland Revenue, speaks to student Zach Ryan
(4mins 51secs - Recorded 3/5/2018)

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