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Rachel's story

Rachel McKechnie is an Associate Director in our Specialist Audit and Assurance Services team, based in Wellington.

Rachel's team activities sometimes take place in incredible settings. "Unlike my previous employer in UK, Audit New Zealand has a lot of trainees. For someone who enjoys the coaching and mentoring aspect of our role, this means you have a great opportunity to work alongside and shape the accountants of the future.

"In the UK, I worked predominantly in local government and the health sector. Being based in Wellington, I’m now working most frequently with central government clients but I still get to work across local government, heath, but also in education, and more commercial entities too. This wide range of clients means I’m always learning something new.

"Work can be very busy. The saying “work hard, play hard” is true of Audit New Zealand, and in fact throughout New Zealand. I’ve noticed that arriving at the start of the audit cycle gives staff the best run at getting to know their clients before it gets to crunch time.

"Five years ago I was promoted to Associate Director, Specialist Audit and Assurance Services. Rather than managing audits, I now provide specialist support through to the audits. I also am now engaged directly by clients to provide them assurance services. This new role has been good to broaden my skill-set. I also enjoy being able to front-foot issues and help an organisation get the right approach in real-time.

"I love some of the Kiwi traits: they are a very positive nation and will actively look for the positive in all things. They are also happy to get stuck in and sort something out. And they love the outdoors.

"New Zealand is a truly beautiful country. I have traveled up and down the country exploring what it has to offer. Although I’ve been here eight years now I’m still finding new places to visit and explore. There is great diversity from glaciers and mountains to rain-forests to wonderful sandy beaches. Whatever your preference you’d be hard pushed not to find it here.

Page last updated: 2 July 2019