Community Accounting Aotearoa
During June and July 2018 a pilot was undertaken to extend the Community Accounting Programme to community groups outside the main centres utilising virtual technology software programmes, including Zoom and Adobe Connect. The pilot involved a team of distance accounting students from Massey University supervised by a Chartered Accountant. Motu Trails Charitable Trust was selected as the Community group for the pilot. Motu Trails are based near Opotiki and operate walking and cycling trails for the general public. The student pilot team resided in Lower Hutt, New Plymouth and Rotorua and their supervising Chartered Accountant was based in Warkworth. The Project Manager resides in Auckland. The various parties held numerous Zoom sessions, video conferencing with each other.
Motu Trails was moving from Tier 4 to Tier 3 reporting and the student team worked with Motu to assist them with their annual performance reporting.
As a result of this pilot a successful application to the Lottery Grant Board (National) resulted in funding for a Project Manager for 10 hours a week for three years to make this programme available to the rest of the country. The programme is called Community Accounting Aotearoa (CAA) and differs in 3 main ways to Auckland Community Accounting;
- Its goal is to assist Community Groups outside the main centres of New Zealand.
- It uses virtual technology such as Zoom to connect all parties.
- It utilises distance students enrolled in accounting degrees at Massey University
Community groups only require a computer with a camera and an internet connection to become involved.
Contact: Geoff Andrews — Project Manager
Mob: 021 0546240
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