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August 16, 2010

Deloitte appoints Maori business sector leader

Leon Wijohn has been appointed as the lead partner for Deloitte
New Zealand’s Maori business team.

Wijohn will also become an accounting and advisory partner at
the Big Four firm.

Wijohn will be based at Deloitte’s Auckland office and his main
focus will be to work with SMEs and Maori-owned businesses or
trusts.

“Wijohn brings strong connections with Maori businesses and
organisations and we look forward to him further developing those
relationships at Deloitte,” Deloitte New Zealand chief executive
Murray Jack said.

Wijohn was previously a director of Wijohn Chartered
Accountants, which he established in Auckland in 2005. He currently
serves on the National Maori Accountants Network (Nga Kaitatau
Maori o Aotearoa).

He is also chair of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered
Accountants Maori accountants special interest group, Auckland
region.

Wijohn said he hopes his appointment will encourage more Maori
students to think of accounting as a career.

“There is a real need for more Maori accountants to work with
Maori businesses, as less than 2% of accountants in New Zealand are
Maori,” he added.

 

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