As New Zealand continues to navigate a dynamic and evolving environment, KPMG is pleased to announce ten new partner promotions within the firm.
KPMG New Zealand’s new partners have outstanding reputations in their respective fields, reflecting the breadth of expertise and fresh perspectives they bring to the firm’s leadership.  
“I’m pleased to congratulate our new partners,” says KPMG New Zealand Chief Executive, Godfrey Boyce. “These appointments reflect the talent within KPMG and are a testament to the outstanding work our new partners do with our clients and communities. They each bring unique skillsets and diverse perspectives and are bound by a set of values and a determination to contribute to build a better future for Aotearoa.” 

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KPMG’s new partners:

Riria Te Kanawa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rārua, Tainui-o-Tainui, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Porou) – National Industry Lead – Māori, Hamilton

Riria has lead KPMG’s service and contribution to the Māori sector since starting at the firm in 2015. She has over 25 years’ experience, firstly as a chartered accountant and then as a strategist and change agent as business consultant. She is the lead author of KPMG’s Maui Rau report series that looks at how Māori might take advantage of the shifts in the world to advance prosperity for their people. Her clients appreciate her ability to help them structure their thinking to bring clarity, craft smart solutions with them rather than for them, and to quickly get to the heart of the issue. Her clients trust that she understands their context and dynamics and is known for providing appropriate challenges that provoke the thought needed to bring about innovative approaches. Her background and experience as a business owner, and governor on multiple entities including her hapū incorporation, iwi trust board and large research and commercialisation entity enables her to bring pragmatic and alternative viewpoints

Riria’s promotion to partnership follows recent appointments which make up the firm’s Māori leadership team: Vincent Campbell (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga) as the firm's Pou Ahurea (Māori Cultural Advisor), Consulting Director Tiare Otene (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa), Technology Consulting Partner Rachael Niao, (Ngāti Awa, Tuhoe, Ngāti Porou and Te Arawa) and Government Consulting Partner Kaapua Smith (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Awa).

"We are committed to building the firm’s cultural intelligence and Riria has played a significant role in behind the scenes getting us to where we are today, and we're now well positioned to make a stronger impact - starting with our people,” says Boyce.

Kaapua Smith (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tahu) - Government Consulting Partner, Wellington

With a career spanning more than 20 years across government, Māori and corporate sectors, Kaapua has held influential roles such as Head of Sustainability at Contact Energy, Political Advisor and Press Secretary for the Minister of Māori Affairs and Press Secretary for the Minister for Whānau Ora, as well as roles at Te Puni Kokiri and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As a graduate of Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori she is a staunch advocate of kaupapa Māori solutions. Kaapua believes that Māori knowledge, systems and tikanga can contribute to the wellbeing of our wider communities and environment. 

Dr Charles Ehrhart – Partner - Climate Change, Decarbonisation, ESG & Sustainability Lead, Auckland

Charles has nearly 30 years of professional experience working across governments, the UN, civil society and the private sector for sustainable development and an end to poverty in our world of plenty. For the past 18 years, Charles has focused on the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. He currently leads KPMG New Zealand's climate change, decarbonisation, ESG and sustainability services and plays a key role for KPMG IMPACT in New Zealand - KPMG's platform for accelerating its sustainability journey and creating a more inclusive, prosperous, and resilient Aotearoa. Charles’ primary interests are climate governance, the mainstreaming of sustainability in organisational strategies, and sustainable finance. 

Cushla Parish – Audit Technology Risk Partner, Tauranga

Cushla leads the firm's national Audit Technology Risk team which focuses on assessing the security processes and controls of client IT environments to mitigate risks related to the integrity and reliability of systems and data. Experienced in analysing and assessing cyber and business processes controls, Cushla has successfully provided fully outsourced, co-sourced, and ad-hoc IT Audit, IT Advisory, and Internal Audit services to a range of clients across New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. Her background in technology risk, internal audit, and cyber security, means she understands the importance of managing risk as well as the underlying role this plays in defining a strong environment of internal control.

Gavin Silva – Audit Partner, Wellington

Gavin has over 14 years’ experience providing audit and assurance services to listed and high-profile clients in New Zealand and Canada. He has worked with clients in a wide range of industries and specialises in energy, investment management and financial services. Gavin has experience in financial statement audits, audits of internal controls, regulatory 

Rochelle Campbell – Tax Partner, Auckland

Drawing on almost 19 years’ experience, Rochelle specialises in providing tax advice to clients in the real estate sector and is KPMG’s property sector leader. Her broad experience includes advising New Zealand listed and unlisted real estate companies on a range of tax issues and she has been involved in a number of due diligence, acquisition and capital raising engagements. Rochelle is able to clearly articulate complex matters and offer pragmatic and commercial advice of the highest quality.

Sven Pannell – Private Enterprise Partner, Wellington

Sven has over 20 years’ experience helping businesses to develop their strategy, deliver growth and improve their performance. Sven is a leading figure in KPMG’s approach to helping New Zealand private businesses develop and execute their strategic plans, working alongside an expanding team and a growing range of private businesses across a variety of business sizes, stages, sectors, and markets. 

Andrew Simpson – Advisory Partner, Christchurch

Leading KPMG’s South Island Consulting team in Christchurch, Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience in the UK and New Zealand specialising in enterprise risk management, Internal Audit and complex business transformation projects.  Andrew is well known in the local market and also holds a voluntary role as the South Island Vice President for ISACA. He works across multiple sectors and helps his clients realise their objectives.

Matthew Wilcox – Audit Partner, Auckland

Specialising in Audit and Assurance, Matt’s clients include those in the Energy, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Construction sectors, and have included NZX listed, UK FTSE and AIM companies as well as private equity backed and owner managed businesses. Matt has a focus on KPMG IMPACT, working with clients on ESG and Sustainability assurance, including Climate and Greenhouse Gas reporting.

Peter Chew – Consulting Partner, Wellington

Peter has over 20 years’ professional services experience in the UK and New Zealand primarily focussed on public sector operational efficiency, operating model design and implementation, value for money, cost reduction, strategic reviews, the use of data analytics to measure and improve performance, and leading complex change programmes.