Based in Blenheim in the sunny Marlborough Region, Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants Ltd is well known for being a forward-thinking accounting and business advisory practice. We have a reputation for quality advice and for being able to think outside the accounting square.
Our client base covers the range from individuals with rental properties, family trusts and small to medium businesses, professional people, right through to large companies and groups of companies.
The accounting firm was first established in Blenheim in 1957. Recent years have seen growth of around 80% and Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants Ltd is now one of the largest accounting firms in the Marlborough region.
That growth along with an 89.2% customer satisfaction rating has been earned through our commitment to strong relationships and through our “professional smarts”. But we still see ourselves as a small friendly accounting firm who work well together with our clients’ best interests at heart.
We appreciate that selecting a firm to entrust with your accounting requirements is an important decision, intensified by rapid economic changes, increases in competitive pressures, and resource availability. With our benchmarking, cash flow forecasting, and other tools, Wallace Diack is well placed to help you make an informed decision.
Whatever your requirements, we can help you find the solution – Contact us today.
Tony de Reeper, Director
Tony heads the Wallace Diack team. He balances his time between leading and developing the practice, and working closely with number of Wallace Diack clients assisting with their company growth and expansion or restructuring.
Tony joined Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants as a senior partner in 2000, from Wellington where he worked with a major accounting firm. Prior to this, he spent five years in London working as a European financial controller.
Tony is a Founding trustee of Marlborough College Charitable Foundation and is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Marlborough Boys College.
Tony is a senior black belt (as are his three sons) at the Blenheim Ryuku Kempo Karate Dojo.
Tony was recipient of Business Person of the Year Award from the Malborough Chamber of Commerce in 2019.
Karen Draper, Director
Karen was appointed as director of Wallace Diack team in April 2022. Karen is a Chartered Accountant, has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
She has broad accountancy and taxation experience across a range of industries and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Karen is on the board of several community and professional organisations.
She first began work with Wallace Diack in 2006, then headed off on her “big OE” where she worked in Canada and Australia. After returning to Blenheim, she returned to Wallace Diack before the lure of the corporate world drew her away again. Staying close to her roots in Marlborough, she worked in a variety of businesses. She has great expertise in the wine and viticulture industries, having worked for a contract winery and contract bottling facility. There she drove efficiencies and facilitated process improvement within the financial systems. She has core skills in high-level financial management and understanding of business. She combines this with her risk and critical process identification and mitigation.
Everybody who knows Karen recognises her as accomplished, professional, experienced and relentlessly energetic. She knows first-hand about running a business having been involved in several business start-ups. Karen is NZ’s second accountant to be part of the Early Adopters hub – a hub connecting innovative and exciting tech startups with progressive and tech-savvy accountants.
Karen along with her partner Jason and their young son run 2 vineyards and manage an Airbnb property. Karen loves getting out into the wild participating in adventure races, getting out into the sounds and heading away with the family whenever possible.
Janeen Hippolite, Manager
Janeen works with a large range of clients from small family business to foreign owned wine companies. She studied at Canterbury University and worked as an auditor for a number of years with Chartered Accountant firms in Christchurch and Blenheim. She joined Wallace Diack in 2015.
Janeen has extensive knowledge of tax and compliance issues, and hands on experience with Xero. Due to her auditing background and community involvement she has a passion for the Not for Profit sector.
Over the years she has been appointed as the Treasurer for many organisations, most recently for the Blenheim Musical Theatre.
Outside of work, Janeen enjoys time with family and friends, yoga and walking. But admits that most of her spare time is taken up with either participating in, or enjoying local musical theatre performances.
Beth Stewart, Administration Manager
Born in Marlborough, I joined the Wallace Diack Administration Team in September 2014.
The Administration Team comprises 6 staff who handle Client Services, Companies Office requirements, Payroll processing and day-to-day Xero requirements for a large range of clients both domestic and international.
As a mother of 4 children, I have spent a number of years helping them develop into great kids. Now that they’re independent, my husband David and I can spend more time doing the things we both love – Food and the cooking of, Wine, gardening, travelling and top of the list would be lots more fishing.