Our Story

Every business has a story. We’re here to help you with yours so we thought we better start by sharing ours.

Co-founded in 1997, Giles & Liew was the brain child of two enterprising business women who wanted it all – the chance to step out of the shadows of the “Big Boys” club and into the limelight of business, on their terms. If there was anybody that said that women weren’t made for this life, Dawn Liew and Annette Giles proved them wrong. Leaving corporate careers at PwC New Zealand, Dawn and Annette established Giles & Liew Chartered Accountants.

Giles & Liew tells the true story of success, for twenty years the Giles & Liew team have worked alongside many business owners to successfully grow their businesses and have built up a strong reputation for providing trusted Accounting and Tax Compliance services to clients from Auckland to the Bay of Plenty, with multiple office relocations and the opening of four Giles & Liew branches, the split of the business and the rebranding of Giles & Liew to service the new era of modern business.

1997

1998-2003

2004-2007

2008-2010

2011-2013

2014

2015-2016

2017

1997

After seventeen years at PwC, during which time Dawn meets Annette and the pair decide to go against the grain and embark on a business venture together, the duo resign and start Giles & Liew from the basement of Annette’s home in Glenbrook.

Servicing a handful of clients from a home office environment, the duo learnt to speak with real people rather than at them, with clients arriving in work clothes, feeling so relaxed and at home, a stark contrast to the corporate environment the duo had become accustomed.

Focussing on doing a great job for clients, in many cases saving them thousands of dollars, word soon gets out that top corporate accountants were offering high level services at very reasonable prices and the business snowballs, quickly outgrowing the home office premises.

1998-2003

Giles & Liew purchase a house on Great South Road in Papatoetoe, renovate the house into offices and relocate the business. The business continues to expand and various family members and staff are brought in to service the client base. As a mother of three, Dawn divides her time during this period between the Papatoetoe office and her home office. More space is needed and new premises are sought.

2004-2007

Giles & Liew purchase an 11 acre farm on Mill Road in Manukau, build a large office and relocate the business. The business continues to expand, purely by word of mouth referrals and further staff are brought on, with Dawn and Annette reviewing and maintaining a strong-hold over all aspects of the business.

2008-2010

Giles & Liew purchase and relocate the Manukau office to commercial premises in Ryan Place and the business continues to grow and thrive, purely referral based.

Finding more and more clientele in Waihi, having taken on staff in her home office in Waihi, Giles & Liew purchase premises on Rosemont Road in Waihi and a new Giles & Liew branch is started up in a more accessible office space. The Giles & Liew recipe for business success becomes a winning formula in the provinces and further expansion into the Coromandel is considered. Annette moves down to Waihi permanently and Dawn manages the Auckland office.

2011-2013

Thinking there might be a market for Giles & Liew in Tauranga, a test branch is started up from residential premises in Tauranga before quickly outgrowing such and a larger office space is acquired on Edgecumbe Road, with further staff employed to service the client base.
All three branches continue to expand.

2014

An office in Katikati is opened and the Giles & Liew presence is established on Main Road.

With a view to future succession planning, Annette and Dawn agree to split the business and Dawn continues as principal of the Auckland office.

2015-2016

Giles & Liew assess the needs of clients operating in the Auckland market and deem an expansion of services practicable and a rebrand and fresh face look necessary to keep abreast of current market trends. A new era of Giles & Liew Chartered Accountants is born.

2017

Giles & Liew relocate to new premises in Botany Junction. The business continues to grow.

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