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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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