Our Directors

Christine Craig BBS, CA
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My passion is to ensure clients have the correct structure for their businesses and have their succession planning in place sooner rather than later. There are so many instances where early planning could make it possible for a family farm to be purchased by one of the younger generation.  If it is left too late there is often no other alternative than for the farm be sold to enable parents to treat all their children fairly. 

I have operated accounting practices in Dannevirke, Waipukurau and now Whakatane for the past thirty years and have had a lot of experience working with farmers, succession planning and small business in a rural setting. 

For most of my adult life I have been joint owner of a sheep & beef farm outside of Dannevirke and have now gone into an equity partnership with the farm manager and his wife with the goal of farm ownership for them. 

I am also heavily involved in the kiwifruit industry alongside my husband, Ian Craig. Ian is well-known in Opotiki as co-founder of OPAC and for his success in the kiwifruit industry. He is now also Chairman of Whakatohea Mussels (Opotiki) Ltd.

Together we have interests in syndicates involved in sheep & beef and dairy farms, kiwifruit, apples and hops, all of which gives us an insight into these industries which I can use for the benefit of our clients. 

Shannon Harnett BBS, CA, PGDip AgriCom, CMInstD
T: 07 308 5015
M: 027 207 6302
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Shannon is passionate about the New Zealand primary sector.

With extensive experience in the dairy, sheep & beef and horticulture sectors, Shannon has held a number of senior management and accounting roles including being 2IC at a NZ Agribusiness with global reach. As a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, Shannon also holds directorship roles alongside being a partner and manager of Rural Accountants Limited Partnership.

Growing up on a sheep & beef farm in Southern Hawkes Bay, Shannon's farming background has continued to guide her career from the moment she left school. Her accounting career started straight out of school in a farm accountancy practice. She then gained her BBS majoring in Accounting and Management at Massey University, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Agri Commerce. 

Shannon also has investments in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture businesses where she is able to practice what she preaches and truly walks the talk.

Shannon is a 2020 Nuffield Scholar, with her project area being plant variety rights.




Our Team

Juanita Mottram, CA
T: 07 308 5015
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A qualified Chartered Accountant, Juanita is now working towards becoming a Partner in our business. Juanita brings a broad range of experience and skills with her two degrees (Accounting and Marketing & Public Relations) and from working in chartered accounting firms since 2012.

Originally from Opotiki, Juanita moved to Whakatane when she met her husband Ross. She enjoys spending time with her family when she's not helping our clients here at Rural Accountants.

Jeff Banbury
T: 07 308 5015
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Jeff hails from Whakatane and comes from a family of accountants. 

He enjoys working with our horticultural and agricultural clients, as well as meeting with new clients to help with business planning and advice. 

Jeff and his wife, Michelle, moved from Hamilton to the Whakatane area in 2018. They now live in Opotiki with their son, their two cats, and two dogs. He fits in his hobbies - DIY home renovations, rugby, golf, and fishing - when he can.

This year Jeff has joined the leadership team, becoming an associate. He is looking forward to the excitement and opportunities the greater leadership role will bring.

Dave Morton
Client Services Manager
T: 07 308 5015
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Dave’s passion is getting the job done as easily & efficiently as possible.

Dave’s background is in banking, having spent over 33 years working for ANZ at various spots around NZ, including Whakatane back in the 80’s (when Interest rates were 20+ %). A majority of those years he was involved in the Business banking side of the Bank from lending money to recovering money & most bits in between.

Now Dave's role revolves around Administration, Wages/PAYE/Payday filing, Keeping records up to date for NZ Companies Office and also our AML/CFT compliance officer.

Dave has a love for sport, more watching than participating now days.

Jane Tyson
T: 07 308 5015
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Jane Tyson is originally from the South Island and grew up as an army brat near the military camp of Burnham, Christchurch.

When her dad got a job at the Dental School in Dunedin, Jane went to school at Otago Girls’ High School and attended Teacher’s College. She then began working for Social Welfare.

She moved from the South Island to Hamilton in the 1980s. Next was a move to Whakatane where she embarked on her best project; her two children Jeff and Emma, before running her own garden sculpture business.

When a Prideaux & Co receptionist left and no replacement was organised, Jane found herself filling in. She was “so awesome” that she grew into doing accounting, where she has remained ever since.

In her spare time, Jane is a great squash player.

Sharon Griffiths
Senior Administrator
T: 07 308 5015
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Gaylene Stewart
T: 07 308 5015
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With several years’ experience in managerial administration and financial accounting positions, Gaylene has wide and varied knowledge that is valued by all her Rural Accountants clients.

Gaylene grew up on a dairy farm and  loved this lifestyle so much that she ended up marrying a farmer, too. She also holds a Dairy Diploma which she sought as a way to grow her knowledge of agricultural dynamics, and achieve success and profitability in her family farming business.

"I enjoy striving to achieve better, stronger working relationships. My results have been excellent and I thrive on improving myself and being successful."

Emma Donald
Trainee Accountant
T: 07 3085015
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Emma grew up on a remote sheep and beef farm in Southern Hawkes Bay and hasn’t been able to shake the need for rural living since.

She attended Otago University where she picked up a triple major in marketing management, design studies and economics. She furthered her studies in Wellington with an honours degree in public policy.

The travel bug then hit with Emma spending the majority of 10years overseas moving around Australia, Asia, and Europe. She became a holistic massage therapist and yoga teacher, working in several remote high-end resorts and lodges.

Her return to NZ saw her settle into the rural lifestyle and take a role managing accounts receivable for a large transport company. She now has a young family and has recently joined the Rural Accountants team to manage marketing and as a trainee accountant which she is greatly enjoying.