Welcome Back Emma

We are pleased to welcome back a friendly face to the team. Emma Banbury has returned from studying in Wellington to take on our Administrator role here at Rural Accountants in Whakatane.

A family affair, the Banbury name is already well-known in our business and historically associated with accounting firms in Whakatane. Accountant, Jeff Banbury stayed on with the business when we joined offices with Prideaux & Co in 2018, as did Prideaux co-owner and Jeff’s mother, Jane Tyson, also an accountant with us.

While Emma stayed on with Rural Accountants for a short period after the two businesses joined forces, she already had plans to undertake a degree, majoring in English and Philosophy, at a University in Wellington.

Emma goes on to explain further, “Unfortunately the pandemic hit and it became clear the University was not going to be able to deliver the quality of education I had expected so I made the decision to put my degree on hold and return home.”

Wellington’s loss was our gain, as the team are all happy to have Emma back as our Administrator undertaking project-based work, customer service support and some GST coding.

Not one to sit around waiting, Emma is also establishing a life for herself in Whakatane having recently joined the local tennis club and signing up for tennis lessons. And of course, we had to ask Emma for her current book and podcast recommendations!

“Lately I’ve been recommending ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and I really enjoy the ‘Philosophize This’ podcast.”

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What Our Customers Think


As a farmer, Christine understands our business and how farmers and growers operate.

We use Rural Accountants to provide a full accounting service to an orcharding partnership which operates a number of orchards with a wide spread of varieties and management systems. Rural Accountants are always timely and accurate, and their annual financial accounts are extremely easy to understand and very grower-friendly.

Paul Jones, Orchardist
What Our Customers Think


Rural Accountants is a real asset to our business.

The team at Rural Accountants pretty much manage all our administrative tasks for the group including payroll and tax planning, ensuring we don’t pay any more than necessary. They are at the forefront of technology and have helped us get up and running with Xero and Figured which is much more efficient than the way we used to work.

Sam Jones, Managing Director, Sybton Farm Ltd Partnership
What Our Customers Think


Christine is very knowledgeable, great to deal with and knows our business well. She is also a sheep & beef farmer so knows the industry really well and understands our needs.

Rural Accountants keeps us on track through strategic and forward planning meetings throughout the year. Christine knows our business inside out so she can deal with our questions instantly.

Mathew & Gemma Barham, Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year 2012
What Our Customers Think

What Our Customers Think

I used to work out my GST and process it manually which would take me at least a full day every two months. Angelina then set up reconcilliations rules and other quick tools, and showed me how to do all my reconcilliations and process my GST returns through Xero which now takes me no time at all!

Mike O'Neill, Financial Services Northland Ltd