Raimarie Pointon is a partner at Young Read Woudberg Ltd a local mid-sized chartered accountancy practice with offices in Tauranga and Te Puke. She has a large and varied client base ranging from professional services, manufacturing businesses, orchards and investment Trusts. She also holds a directorship at Legacy Funeral Homes which she sees as a wonderful opportunity to be involved directly in a charitable business that makes a huge contribution to the local community.
However Raimarie had no intention of becoming an accountant! On leaving school she completed a clerical course specifically to learn to type. At the end of the year she was awarded prizes by the Accountants Society and offered a job with Ian Young’s sole practice, the forerunner to her current firm. She moved around a lot in her earlier life and marriage, to Auckland, Australia and then the Waikato. She worked part-time while raising her family and even spent time working in real estate before starting her MBA with Waikato University during its first year of offering its executive education programme in Tauranga. That study ultimately led her to accept a partnership at Young Read Woudberg.
Her role is all about the people, both in terms of her staff and clients. For Raimarie the most rewarding aspect of this is the satisfaction of seeing the difference she has made whether it be by mentoring a successful business or helping with estate planning. While artificial intelligence enables the routine part of an accounting practice to be increasingly efficient, Raimarie believes the role Chartered Accountants play as business advisors is becoming even more important as people recognise the immense value they gain from having strong professional relationships supporting them in this complex compliance environment.
Raimarie says there is a huge advantage in their company size and Bay of Plenty location. They fact that they live and work in the same environment as their clients and fellow professionals fosters respectful and strong relationships to everyone’s benefit.
Raimarie has a strong belief in that we all need to contribute positively to society. She has found that opportunity through her professional life, and in her capacity as a mentor for Mentors NZ and head judge for several years for the Westpac Business Awards.
Raimarie’s three children and four grand-children based in Tauranga and Auckland are her primary focus outside of work. Since recovering from invasive cancer treatment some years ago she has done pilates twice a week and regularly walks up Mauao.
Her advice to other women looking to develop their careers is surround yourself with people you respect, look for opportunities to identify mentors, never stop learning and work hard!