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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

27–30 April 2021 – Simon Allen

Simon  has an established career as and executive and director. His current directorships include IAG NZ, New Zealand Refining, Antarctic Heritage trust and more. He was previously the CEO of ABN Amro New Zealand. Simon also has extensive experience working with government, for example he was the inaugural Chair of the Financial Markets Authority, the Inaugural Chair of Auckland Council Investments Limited and as Chairman, restructured the New Zealand Stock Exchange from a mutual society to a corporate listed company.

2–6 September 2019 – James Miller

James was appointed a director in August 2010 and New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX’s) Chair in May 2015. He spent 14 years working in the share-broking industry, with Craigs Investment Partners, ABN AMRO, Barclays de Zoete Wedd and ANZ Securities.

Former Executives in Residence:

  • Lara Ariell, Chief Financial Officer, Inland Revenue
  • 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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