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Alison's story

Alison Koenders is a Manager in our Methodology team, based in Wellington.

Alison is seeing a lot of New Zealand's varied environments."I started at Audit New Zealand as an Auditor in January 2013. A year later, I was promoted to Assistant Manager, and then in April 2016 to Manager, Methodology. I had come from a big 4, and that organisation was so big it was difficult to have much impact. At Audit New Zealand, Assistant Managers take a leadership role in their local office and drive changes about how we do things. I feel I have been able to make a real difference in the Wellington office.

"There is a genuine focus on training and developing staff at Audit New Zealand. I’ve been involved in the Aspiring Manager Programme, which has been about my development as a leader, not just as an auditor. I co-facilitated a conference for the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI).  This was attended by countries from the Pacific Islands, and let me gain an insight into the challenges of auditing in the Pacific and developing countries.

"At Audit New Zealand, my work has focused on central government, where I have had exposure to many unique issues. I have audited the valuations of the Treaty of Waitangi, the railway infrastructure, and street trees. I have also considered the accounting treatment for leasing the air above your land, audited a council’s long-term plan, and completed a review of a government department’s four year plan. 

"Busy season at Audit New Zealand is July to October, which is winter here. Auditors and Assistant Managers get time in lieu to enjoy during the summer, when it is quieter. The New Zealand lifestyle is very laid back. People will go out of their way to help and make things easier. It isn’t a problem to check-in early to a hotel or split the bill many ways in a restaurant. 

"Wellington is a beautiful city. It is a 10-minute walk to the beach from the central business district. A bit further and you wouldn’t realise you were in a city. Although Wellington is a small city, there’s lots to do. International acts often come to Wellington, and I’ve been to see the Harlem Globe Trotters, Stomp, Elton John, and Ed Sheeran."

I recently married a New Zealander, so I'm here to stay.

Alison has been seeing much of the country. Alison is seeing a lot of New Zealand's varied environments.

Page last updated: 24 July 2019