• Our History

Our reputation as Gisborne’s leading – and largest – accounting firm is steeped in history and stems from almost 100 years of delivering exceptional customer service to our clients.

From the early 1900s, staff from the Napier office of McCulloch Butler & Spence – as the original Gisborne firm became known – arrived by horse drawn coach and ship to dispense accounting advice throughout the Poverty Bay region. To accommodate the growing number of East Coast clients, a Gisborne office was opened in 1921.  From humble one-room beginnings, our Gisborne office has morphed into a significant team with over 65 employees.

Through numerous name changes – from McCulloch Butler & Spence to McCulloch Menzies, Touche Ross, KPMG Peat Marwick, McCullochs and BDO Spicers – our client focus has remained constant and the firm’s reputation for excellence has been consolidated.

Since 2007, the firm has come within the worldwide BDO (Binder Dijker Otte & Co) network. BDO is acknowledged as the world’s fifth largest multi-national accounting and advisory firm. BDO Global extends across more than 150 countries, with almost 68,000 staff working from 1,400 offices.

The local know-how and strength of our national firms combined with BDO’s international expertise, enables us to access a wealth of knowledge for our clients. 

We are locally owned and operated by six partners. The partners are members of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and hold certificates of Public Practice.