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Ruth's story

Ruth TobinComing to another country and working on public sector entities enables you to develop your knowledge of how New Zealand "works". No one audit is the same and we get to work on both public entities and commercial entities.

Another great aspect of Audit New Zealand is the annual training programme and development opportunities. The training programme covers a wide variety of topics and provides opportunities for year groups to come together and share experiences and knowledge. As a bonus, the training hours are more than enough to meet CPD requirements. Internal promotion is fostered whenever possible, with development programmes for staff who want to take the next step and become an audit manager or director.

I met my husband since I’ve been here and now we have two young daughters, aged two and four. As well as getting married and starting a family, I have learnt how to play golf and played some of the best courses in New Zealand. I’ve also become a rugby fan. If New Zealand play England, it’s the All Blacks I support.

At Audit New Zealand, the people made me feel so welcome. There is a great team spirit, people work together to find solutions to problems, and to get audits completed as efficiently as possible. We work hard but there is a great social side to the office. In the Christchurch office, we get together on a monthly basis for a couple of hours on a Friday afternoon to have some fun, with activities planned by a different year group each time.

In Christchurch, there is so much close by. It’s by the sea, with some great swimming spots, but only an hour drive to the nearest ski field. There are no big queues for everything. 

The great things about New Zealand are the outdoors, with so many different activities to do on your doorstep, and the diverse landscape. Also there’s fewer people here and you feel more removed from the world’s problems. New Zealand just feels a safe place to bring up children.

Ruth playing golf