Charles Rau | BDO Gisborne

Charles Rau

National Agribusiness Sector Leader, Advisory & Tax Partner


Corporate Tax & International Tax | Employment & Expatriate Tax | GST & Customs | Private Client Services | Tax Accounting | Tax Compliance | Tax Due Diligence | Tax Knowledge Bank


Charles is a Business Advisory Services and Tax Partner at BDO Gisborne with more than fifteen years' experience, specialising in tax consulting and structuring, both in New Zealand and overseas. 

Charles owns a deer, sheep and cattle property.  He has published a number of newspaper articles, and been interviewed on television in relation to the Emissions Trading Scheme, livestock farming and succession.  

Charles consults to a wide range of businesses participating in the primary sector.  He has authored books, publications and presented at national road shows on tax and accounting in the primary sector.

Charles is an adviser to large international food production and processing businesses, and to a large group that owns electricity distribution and generation, sea port and airport assets. He is also an adviser to large and small farming families and Maori authorities involving pre and post settlement issues, and to some of the largest farming entities in New Zealand.



Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand)

Professional Affiliations

Member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

Committee member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand Rural Advisory Group

Recognised specialist in the Emissions Trading Scheme consulting to over 100 clients nationwide

Co-author of the CCH Tax Guide to Farming, Forestry and Fishing (2nd edition)

Fellow Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand



Bachelor of Business Studies

Diploma in Business Law

Diploma in Professional Accounting

Diploma in Horse Business Management


Community Involvement

Past Board Member Waipaoa Station Farm Cadet Training Trust