Chartered accountant, business coach, wife, and mother of two Gendi Dwight was looking for answers to the big questions of life and says she found them when she first walked into a church.
That was around 10 years ago and she is now an ordained Anglican minister who is well known at local churches. Her Ministry work is non-paid but she is just as fervent about her day job, which is working as Regional Partner for RightWay Ltd as an accountant and business advisor.
Having been an accountant for more than 20 years, Gendi says when finding a company to work with she was clear that it needed to be honest and reputable.
“There are lots of games you can play with figures and I’m not interested in helping people find complicated loopholes that are not really above board,” Gendi says.
RightWay was formed in Wairarapa by a small group of accountants looking for a different approach. There are now around 30 regional partners in NZ.
Gendi, who lives in Red Beach, is passionate about the area from the Hibiscus Coast north, including Warkworth.
She says that RightWay operates as a team, prioritises the use of technology such as Xero, and does more than tax and compliance, working with business owners to make a difference.
“We encourage our clients to be proactive and help them to upskill and train.
“I often have meetings in the family home and I understand about the juggling of professional life and home. It’s all about what suits them because the average small business owner is doing phenomenal things in their community.”
She says her roles as Minister and accountant means that she has a holistic approach to work.
“It gives me the freedom to watch my children’s various after school activities, while also talking with people. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”