The Collins James Team

Established in Christchurch in 2014 we saw the need for a forward thinking accounting firm. The focus of any business needs to be where you are heading rather than what happened last year. 


Our mission is simple: to help our clients better understand and manage their businesses and in turn, achieve their goals. 


Now with offices in Christchurch, Whangamata and Rangiora, we are still a small team providing a personal service.  Unlike other firms we don't outsource our services offshore, our staff and offices are local.

Our Team
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Aaron Collins, Director
aaron@collinsjames.co.nz | Phone: 021 737 103

Aaron is an experienced Chartered Accountant having worked in public practice since 2005.  Prior to this he trained and worked as a chef, which these days gives him a unique insight into understanding his hospitality client's businesses.  His focus is on keeping accounting simple, timely and useful.  He specialises in the use of systems and software to help achieve this.


Aaron lives on a lifestyle block in North Canterbury and when he's not pretending to play farmer you will find him fishing in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Nick James, Director

nick@collinsjames.co.nz | Phone: 021 737 102

Nick is an experienced Chartered Accountant having worked in public practice since 2005 and then in the commercial world from 2009. Nick owns many different companies in a variety of industries, his experience is in understanding how business works and helping clients achieve better results beyond just the numbers.


Nick enjoys his sport and exercising and lives in Christchurch with his two school aged children and wife. He also frequently visits Whangamata where his parents live and has been holidaying (and now working) there for over 20 years.

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Suzanne Spibey, Senior Accountant
Suzanne has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales since 1979 and a founder member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners. She has been resident in New Zealand since 1995 and apart from a brief spell working in a well known NZ gym, since the age of 17 she has been an accountant in public practice.
Suzanne specialises in the accounting and taxation of a wide range of businesses and have a wealth of experience with farms and family trusts. Her current portfolio of clients has been with her for up to 20 years and through that shared experience she is able to advise them in many ways.

Suzanne has played representative level squash, netball and badminton and despite her growing years is still a bit of a fitness fanatic and can be seen in the gym at 5am most days, or on the squash court, bowling green or walking round the Southshore Spit.
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Daniela Hozias, Senior Accountant

Originally from a small seaside town in Romania, Daniela has been calling New Zealand home for over 20 years. She has worked as an accountant since 2002. Previous work history includes an investor information company and the tax department. At Collins James she works with a variety of clients with businesses ranging from real estate agents to freight companies, to sheep and cattle farms.

Daniela loves to travel and discover new places, enjoys walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Addie Hazelton, Senior Accountant

Addie became a chartered accountant in 2006 and started her career with Deloitte. She has since spent several years working in global organizations planning and budgeting for growth.  She enjoys problem solving and helping clients find the best way forward depending on their goals. 


Addie grew up in Whangamata and loves the Coromandel and the lifestyle it offers.  When not working she will be at the beach and enjoying the outdoors with her kids.

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Jacqui James, Office Administrator

Jacqui has worked in a number of capacities over her many working years from teaching to administrative roles. Her focus is on keeping the office running as smoothly as possible, with timely and useful responses to clients and helping with those everyday accounting office tasks.  She also has oversight for client wages processing.


Jacqui is a staunch Whangamata-ite, having lived in this delightful community both as a holiday maker and permanent resident for nearly 20 years. When not working at her various roles she can be found visiting grandchildren in Christchurch and previously travelling.

Fran Smith, Accountant

Fran has recently returned to accounting after some time off raising a family. She has a keen interest in supporting small business to make accounting processes simple and stress free and is very proud to be part of the Accountants at Whanga team.


On weekends Fran can be found riding horses or teaching young children to ride from her lifestyle block in Wentworth Valley.

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