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Naudé's story

Naudé Kotzé, Audit Manager, based in our Hamilton office.

Naudé Kotzé joined us in July 2008

He’s enjoying the outdoor lifestyle in New Zealand and shared a selection of photos he’s taken to show his family’s adventures in New Zealand.

Naudé says: New Zealand is awesome! You don’t come here to become rich, but to have a great lifestyle. The work-life balance is probably one of the best in the world. It is a case of work hard, play hard. As with most things in life, you get out what you put in. If you are prepared invest time in outdoor activities, mixed with the wonderful people around you, you are in for a great lifestyle. And a big plus point here is the safe environment. Even the dogs in the street don’t bark because they are so chilled out.

I found the process of moving to New Zealand straightforward, mainly because I had a job offer from Audit New Zealand. Audit New Zealand supported me well with my relocation to New Zealand. It takes 6-8 weeks for a container to arrive in New Zealand, so be prepared to live for a few weeks without the luxuries. When the container eventually arrives, it's like opening a Christmas present, and you realise this is the start of a new beginning.  

New Zealand is in many ways similar to South Africa, but then also not. The ‘rugby-outdoor-adventure’ culture is very similar to what I have grown with up in South Africa.

My wife and I discovered that the parents of my daughter’s friends soon became our friends. I also learned the value in sport and social activities to bring people together. I used to surf, fish, and ride motorbikes in South Africa. Once I mixed with people with similar interests in New Zealand it was amazingly easy to build new friendships. Before you know it, it’s your turn to host friends to watch the Super Rugby, with a braai, at your house. It’s also amazing how many old university friends, sport team mates, acquaintances and work colleagues from South Africa I have come across in New Zealand and I have reconnected with many of them since I moved here. Our lives sure have become global and it is definitely not boring. We now truly think about New Zealand as being ‘home’.

Auditing is very similar in New Zealand.

I worked for the Office of the Auditor-General in South Africa (AGSA) from 1986 to 2008 before I moved to New Zealand. So my perspective is from a public sector point of view. For me, it was a relative easy switch as Audit New Zealand is the operational arm of the Office of the Auditor-General in New Zealand and in many ways the same as what I was used to. The audits are performed to International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) plus some additional auditing standards that are specific for public sector audits in New Zealand. Even the audit software used to document audit work is the same what AGSA use, namely TeamMate.

It should be relatively easy for a qualified South African auditor to get to grips with the New Zealand accounting frameworks. Teamwork is definitely part of the culture at Audit New Zealand and we proud ourselves on quality audits and timely reporting.

Looking at my Facebook updates, people in South Africa think I am always on a holiday. It is amazing how many activities one can do over weekends because they are a stone’s thrown from home. The safe environment allows me and my family to live our life to the fullest. Everything is close and easy to reach, for a day trip, or a quick weekend getaway. Although I live inland in Cambridge, the east and west coasts are both just under one hour’s drive from my home. Getting out on weekends has become a way of life (and when I forget to lock my front door, it is no big deal).

It’s wise to discuss the move with family and close friends – it’s a big decision that will also impact them, especially parents. What we found is that it is easier and more affordable to save and plan for parents (especially if they are retired) to visit you in New Zealand. This provides them with peace of mind seeing and experiencing where you live. It is also a great place for a holiday.

Page created: 25 June 2019

Naudé talks about what enjoys about living in New Zealand.

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