Meet The Team
ABA – Tax and Accounting Services in Orewa
Meet the team
Crystal has over 12 years New Zealand experience as a tax accountant and business advisor. She has extensive experience with small to medium sized businesses in a range of areas including tax, re-structuring, strategic planning and property investment. Crystal strives to understand how our clients businesses operate as a means to provide the very best quality of service. She also continually strives to find ways to improve processes for our practice so that we can operate in the most efficient way possible. Her dedication to the accounting profession and range of experience has brought excellent value to ABA and its clients. Crystal is a member of BCCPA (British Columbia Chartered Professional Accountants) as well as CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand). In her spare time Crystal loves running, dirt bike riding and spending time with her young family.
James Murray is the retired director of ABA and continues to work for the practice as a consultant. He is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Auditor, and holder of a Certificate of Public Practice (CPP), and as such is recognised as a Qualified Statutory Accountant (QSA). With over 40 years’ experience in the accounting industry, he has extensive accounting knowledge. James has a Master of Commerce degree in Management Studies (with Honours) from Auckland University. He is a Business Mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Orewa. He continues his community work as an officer of Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren Inc. and a Trustee of Future Whangaparaoa Trust. James lives in Orewa and in his spare time enjoys overseas travel, fishing, exploring other parts of NZ in his campervan, and spending time with his family.
Keri-Ann is a senior member of ABA’s compliance team and assists with new client growth, marketing and other ad-hoc accounting tasks. She has been with the ABA team since March 2011, and bought into the practice in December 2020. Keri-Ann obtained a Bachelor of Management Studies with an Accounting major from Waikato University in October 2003 and is a XERO Certified Advisor. She has worked in medium-sized accounting practices since graduating, and previously had a background in Business and Rural Banking. She has a personal interest in property investment and is always keen to add value to clients where possible. During her spare time Keri-Ann enjoys tramping, running and paddleboarding Orewa estuary, along with watching her daughters play netball and tennis.
Cornelius Du Plessis
Cornelius joined ABA in March 2017, after immigrating with his family from Pretoria in South Africa. He is an experienced Auditor who has a focus on meeting deadlines for clients. Cornelius started his own successful Audit and Accounting Practice in Pretoria in 2002 which he owned and ran up until leaving the country to move to New Zealand. Cornelius gained a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) (with Honours) in Accounting, from the University of Johannesburg, and then gained his CA qualification. He is a XERO Certified Advisor. Cornelius lives locally in Dairy Flat and in his spare time loves spending time with his family, going to the movies and exploring the area on day trips over weekends.
Senior Tax Accountant
Nada is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). She is also a XERO Certified Advisor. Nada is originally from Croatia and has extensive experience in general accounting and auditing. Her auditing experience has covered a range of clients including manufacturing, trade, services and internal auditing. She worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers both in Croatia and in Auckland before joining our team in April 2010. In her current role she is engaged in quality review of both compliance and audit work, training of staff as well as providing various tax advisory services to clients. She continually strives to maintain a high quality of specialised audit, compliance and tax services and has brought excellent value to ABA and its clients. In her spare time Nada loves reading, travelling, exercising in the local gym and spending time with her husband and two young sons.
Tony has been employed by ABA as an accountant and tax specialist since June 2010. He has a penchant for Tax legislation, and as a result has extensive experience in overseas income, pensions, pension transfers, foreign investment funds (FIF), tax on property transactions (including GST) and tax residency, as well as IRD Disputes and IRD Audits. This has resulted in positive outcomes for many of our clients on a number of complex tax issues. Tony studied accounting at Canterbury University and for many years ran his own food processing and distribution business. This has given him the valuable business background that puts him in good stead to assist our clients on many levels. In his spare time Tony enjoys going to the movies, going for walks, and furthering his keen interest in all things relating to investment.
Office and Body Corporate Administrator
Shelley joined our team in June 2010. She adds great value to ABA along with her positive attitude and welcoming smile. Her role as administrator covers a broad range of tasks within the practice including our Company and Trust Formations, Body Corporate Administration, Client Due Diligence, and many other administrative duties. She has excellent communication skills and is a valued member of the team. Shelley lives locally with her family and in her spare time enjoys playing the trombone and entering chess tournaments.
Sarah joined ABA in July 2015 as part of our compliance team and is a XERO Certified Advisor. Since joining ABA she has assisted many of our clients with completing and filing their GST and annual accounts, along with getting them set up on XERO. As a school-leaver, Sarah commenced work as a receptionist in an accounting firm on the North Shore where her position developed into an accounting role and resulted in 20 years’ experience with the same company. Sarah lives locally, is an avid Warriors fan, and enjoys a good game of squash as well as spending time on the side lines watching the kids play sport.
Cheryl is our most recent addition to ABA’s compliance team starting in June 2019. Prior to this Cheryl had taken some time off to raise a family and manage the family business. She completed a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and International Business at the Auckland University of Technology in 2003 and is a Chartered Accountant. She has worked mainly in small to medium sized accountancy firms specialising in medium sized businesses including companies, trusts, partnerships and managed funds. In her spare time Cheryl loves reading, exercising at the gym, upcycling and painting old furniture, and spending time with friends and family.
Shawn, a Chartered Accountant who graduated from the University of Waikato, qualified with a Master of Management Studies. His assurance services experience includes audits of charities, real estate trust accounts, early childhood education services, private training establishments, Not for Profit organisations, forests, schools, small to intermediate sized companies and AML reporting entities. He holds a Public Practice Certificate and recently qualified as a certified anti-money laundering specialist (ACAMS), which enhances his competence and knowledge in the AML audit area.