Our Team

Tax Consultants

We are qualified taxation professionals. All of our team are experienced and qualified in either New Zealand or United States tax regulations or both, and are highly accomplished tax consultants. We invite you to experience the NZ US Tax Specialists point of difference.

Gina Gatchell

Gina Gatchell

Managing Director

The mantra ‘be effective’ is the driver behind Gina’s 20-year career in accountancy and taxation. Working in both corporate accounting and public practice, she has built a reputation as a NZ based authority on US tax. Gina is a tax blogger, speaker, writer and taxpayer advocate but she gets the most enjoyment using her expertise to achieve the best outcomes for clients.

Gina is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant (since 2002). This guarantees her local expertise is up-to-date as she is committed to ongoing professional education and staff training and development.

Gina’s forte is in information reporting for US citizens with companies, trusts, partnerships and investments including Passive Foreign Investment Companies, pensions and retirement funds, and foreign financial accounts. She has extensive knowledge of tax treaties, and the domestic and international aspects of NZ income tax, which ensures a holistic approach.

For Gina, business is all about people. Over the years she continues to build great working relationships with staff, revenue authorities, wealth advisors, attorneys and other tax professionals both in New Zealand and overseas. 

At home, Gina has her hands full with two lively daughters who rock her world.

‘I’ve learnt that every client has a unique story – we’re ready to listen.’

Qualifications and Associations:

Chartered Accountant, CAANZ

Certificate of Public Practice – New Zealand 

Certificate of Public Practice – Australia

International Tax Planning Association – Member 

National Association of Enrolled Agents – Member

National Association of Tax Practitioners – Member 

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – International Associate

Contact one of our tax consultants to discuss your tax requirements.
+64 9 525 5931

Shalen Singh

Shalen Singh

Client Relationship Manager

Shalen Singh is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master’s of Taxation from Auckland University. He has held roles in public practice and with the Inland Revenue Department, where he was awarded the Commissioner’s Award in Charter Category for outstanding performance.

Outside of work, Shalen enjoys playing soccer, driving and spending time with family.

Qualifications and Associations:

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, University of Auckland & McGill University

Master’s of Taxation, University of Auckland

Post Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting, CAANZ

Chartered Accountant, CAANZ

Awards and Achievements:

Commissioner’s Award in Charter Category – Awarded by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue for outstanding performance. 

Merit award – an outstanding student at Raffles Design Institute

Leadership and Dale Carnegie Award – training for managers through Foodstuffs 

Connie Lui

Connie Lui

INTERNATIONAL TAX MANAGER

Connie is a Chartered Accountant with a Master’s of Taxation (Hons). She has been practising in taxation and accounting for over eight years. Connie has a passion for helping individuals and businesses navigate the New Zealand (NZ) tax system. She advises NZ and US citizens and their NZ businesses from a wide range of industries. She has also lectured in tax at Unitec and AUT. 

In her personal time, Connie plays the electronic organ, cooks and runs.

Qualifications and Associations:

Master’s of taxation studies (Hons) 

Bachelor of Commerce (major in accounting and tax) conjoint with Bachelor of Property 

Chartered Accountant, CAANZ

Matthew Twine

Matthew Twine

US Tax Specialist

Since moving to New Zealand Matthew has been specialising in US tax and is an IRS Enrolled Agent. Matthew is a US tax return preparer.

Qualifications and Associations:

IRS Enrolled Agent

Please ask us if you would like a verbal recommendation about our services as tax consultants or visit our Recommendations page. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Larisa Zhukovskaya

Larisa Zhukovskaya

US Tax Specialist

Larisa is an IRS Enrolled Agent studying for her Chartered Accountant qualification. She has 15 years’ experience in expatriate taxation, financial analysis and accounting, gained working in Auckland and Eastern Europe. Outside of work, Larisa enjoys spending time with family, cooking and gathering friends for a feast.

Qualifications and Associations:

Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, University of Auckland

Bachelor of Commence in Accounting and Finance, Belarussian University of Economics

Provisional member of CAANZ

Chrison Lin

Crison Lin

Assistant Accountant

Crison has a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting (MPA) from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and is working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant. A strong can-do attitude and factual problem-solving skills have made Crison an integral part of our team. Originally from China, Crison enjoys hiking, travelling and wine.

Qualifications and Associations:

Master of Professional Accounting (MPA), AUT University

Bachelor of Financial Management, Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College

Brenda Halliday

Brenda Halliday

Personal assistant / Administrator

Brenda is our office administrator as well as personal assistant to Gina Gatchell. Her organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail have enabled her to thrive in our fast-paced, high-pressure environment. She recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa and is enjoying the wonderful people, great work ethic and breathtaking landscape this beautiful country has to offer.

Qualifications and Associations:

IMM Diploma in Marketing (2011) through the IMM Graduate School of Marketing (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Call us now for help with your tax. Make an appointment today.
+64 9 525 5931