Brenton Hunt


Unlike typical financial advisors, Brenton leads from his exposure of walking the front line. He’s been where you are. He has lived and felt your challenges, your glories and envisioned your aspirations. Brenton’s skills are vast, in which he’s assisted in business recovery and growth strategy. Specialist skills in Change Management and Insolvency allows Brenton to work intimately with business owners establishing cash-flow solutions and preparations for the sale of their businesses. In the event that a business can't be rescued, Brenton is an experienced, well respected liquidator.


Having been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, since 1996, Brenton has developed an astute knowledge of business, combined with an impressive range of industry involvements.


Tax Matters is led by a man who has held a number of executive roles with corporate organisations including; Property Development, Property Investments, Residential Construction, Hospitality, Electrical Contracting, Energy Research and Development, Freight Forwarding and Waste Management.


They say behind every great man, there’s an even greater woman. Therefore Brenton and his wife Debbie spend most of their spare time dedicated to their children as an unpaid taxi. They often have a laugh that installing a meter in the family car, could help their argument when discussing who’s pay for their retirement plans one day. Brenton’s favourite past times are motorcycling and camping with the family.



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The Team

Ann Harper


Ann started her tax career working for the Inland Revenue Department in Christchurch.  She worked for the technical division giving her an expert understanding and knowledge of the New Zealand taxation system. A very handy set of skills in which she can apply to helping our clients.


Ann left the Department when her life changed direction into motherhood and has since raised  David, a chartered accountant and Gareth, a Dentist, both residing in England. Ann, a proud mother, re-entered the workforce, after a long break of 12 years but this time, she positioned herself on the other side of the ledger. Ann found herself employed at Touche Ross Chartered Accountants.


Ann was then approached by Bruce Finnerty in 1986, a friend from her prior Inland Revenue era. Bruce approached her to join Goldsmith Fox & Co who were setting up a “Tax Shop” to complete quick, customer returns. The business developed quickly and officially became qualified Accountants when IR 5’s were phased out. To this day, she has never left the business. The business has evolved through 2 more proprietors, changed names and she has stayed loyal to her clients. 


Ann’s personal interests include hockey, enjoying country and travelling with her husband Ray.




Lisa Saywell


Lisa’s background prior to joining Tax Matters in 2012 has always been accounting orientated. In fact, she’s been lucky enough to have gained over ten years of invaluable experience, working within chartered accountant environment alongside some of Canterbury’s best.


Lisa’s role  here at Tax Matters includes managing; client payroll, GST, FBT and preparing your end of year accounts and tax returns. She’s our in-house guru of Xero’s Accounting software and can easily assist or coach you on any questions you have.


Lisa is born and bred in Christchurch and has a love for our ever-changing city.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her teenage son, collecting a variety of animals and socialising with friends.





Debra Keating


Debra joins us with a wealth of experience having worked in a number of accounting positions within commercial environments. She’s a Canterbury University graduate, with later studies at Lincoln University.  Having worked within a chartered accounting firm, primarily focusing on annual accounts and accounting duties for small businesses, her depth of knowledge adds strength to our team. Debra has managed accounting requirements for rental properties, the farming industry, group retail/property developers and Canterbury sole traders, in which payroll and monthly management reporting featured regularly. 


She has a significant other, three sons, Two cats and an Airedale Terrier, named Wilson. Not surprisingly, The cats are higher in the pecking order than poor old Wilson




Jun Oishi


Jun is a Canterbury University graduate, majoring in Accountancy and he’s currently a provisional member of Chartered Accountant New Zealand and Australia. In addition, Jun has completed studies in Japan resulting in a Bachelor of Business Management. It’s clear to see he’s a high achiever and Tax Matters is proud to have him on our team.


Jun is unique, because he’s experienced in managing businesses within the service industry. He has a clear understanding of productivity, practicality and squeezing every percent of margin out of a business and into the business owners hands. We love his methodical, pragmatic thinking.


Jun is an athlete in all areas of life. He achieves in his work and for pleasure, he enjoys running marathons. His next goal, finishing a full marathon in under three hours. He inspires us.




Laura McCracken


Laura is your first point of contact within our office and she ensures that all clients are welcomed with a friendly face at the reception desk or a warm greeting on the end of the phone.  She is also our Administrator who brings wisdom to our team with over 13 years of experience gained from various administration, reception and accounts roles. 


Laura’s ensures the consistent and smooth running of the Tax Matters office whilst providing personal assistance to Brenton, our Managing Director and assisting other staff members, when required.


Her role requires outstanding multitasking with the variation of requests we ask of her yet she takes it in her stride. Laura handles the incorporating of companies, annual reporting, managing the changes to directors and shareholdings and returns to the Companies Office register.  Laura also finalises all accounts and tax returns and maintains the client database.


In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her partner and children, catching up with friends and family and likes to get a little bit of ‘me’ time at the gym.




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