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Invercargill Accountant Peter van Lokven of Invercargill Accounting sits in front of a Southland beach.

Reviews of Invercargill Accountants

Invercargill Accounting: A beacon for practical accounting support

For those navigating the complexities of small business ownership in New Zealand, particularly in Invercargill, there’s a keen golfer that has been making waves with his personable approach:

Professional and prompt

“Invercargill Accounting was recommended by a friend a few years ago, and I have been with Peter since he is easy to deal with and very professional and prompt. I would recommend them anytime.”
Lindsay Turner, Reliance Fishing Ltd – Fishing & Charters

Low frills Invercargill Accountants

“I would like to congratulate Peter on being a low-frills accountant. It is easy to fit into my schedule, and I am able to drop in when in Invercargill without an appointment. The accounting systems keep everything simple and easy to understand. Peter is very professional when completing budgets and various accounting information for banks and myself. There have been no hassles with different situations and through a family separation.”
Lex Brown – Farmer – Builder, Been with Peter for about 15 Years.

Easy access

“We are a smaller self-employed business, we wanted a more personal and approachable Invercargill accountant, and Peter is like that. We like the easy access and can pop in or ring up. This suits our needs. Peter is professional, friendly, and helpful, and if he cannot answer a query, he will come back quickly to us. We have been with Peter and Invercargill Accounting for many years and enjoy the services.”
Frank and Karenne – Quinn Partnership, Plumbing and Drain laying

Great sounding board

“Since 2015, Peter has not only done our GST and end-of-year financials but has helped us decide the direction of our business. When we looked at expanding, Peter gave us good, comprehensive advice, not only on the benefits but also on the costs and potential pitfalls involved in increasing our workload and staff levels. Peter has helped consolidate our thoughts in other areas of our business by being a sounding board and giving us his insights into how our ideas may or may not be possible. We enjoy the way Invercargill Accounting maintain a personal approach to their clients.”
Claire and Peter West-Price – Partnership – Courier Operators

Small business accountant in Invercargill

“We chose Peter from other Invercargill accountants as he had been recommended to us and suited our small business requirements. We have never looked back since 2005 and in fact have become friends and enjoy the odd game of golf together! We know we can always pick up the phone and ask his advice. We always trust that he will listen and align his advice and strategies with our goals.”
Kana & Mahas Shanmuganathan – Trust – Partnership – Motels – Commercial & Residential rentals

Your Partner in Financial Success

Whether you’re a small business owner looking for regular accounting services or a medium business seeking comprehensive financial solutions, Invercargill Accounting is your go-to partner. Their commitment to excellence, combined with their deep understanding of various industries, makes them a preferred choice for businesses seeking reliable and expert Invercargill Accountants in Southland.


Luxury Architectural Builder Christchurch

Master Builder 2023 Regional Category Winner Gold award recipient for a home on Rugby Street in Christchurch by Frost Architectural Builders

This week, we had the privilege of sitting down with Mitch Frost, a masterful builder and the son of the visionary behind Frost Architectural Builders, Gary Frost. Frost Architectural Builders has earned its well-deserved reputation as a premier luxury architectural builder, celebrated for its outstanding work in the realm of architectural building, specialising in crafting exceptional bespoke homes in Christchurch and its enchanting surroundings.

Our conversation with Mitch provided a fascinating glimpse into the intricacies of luxury home construction, and we are thrilled to share with you his insightful responses to some of the most pressing questions about high-end home building. If you’re contemplating the construction of your own luxury dream home or considering engaging the services of architectural builders, the wisdom shared by Mitch is bound to be invaluable.

So, what truly sets Frost Builders apart as a luxury architectural builder in Christchurch? Mitch emphasised that Frost Builders’ hallmark lies in their unwavering commitment to perfection and their relentless pursuit of bringing the client’s vision to life. This unwavering dedication has earned them the esteemed status of being the preferred architectural builder in the region. Their secret sauce? A harmonious blend of traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge modern techniques, resulting in homes that transcend the status of mere structures and emerge as breathtaking works of art.

But what about quality? Quality, according to Mitch, is the bedrock of Frost Architectural Builders’ ethos. Their meticulous attention to detail and their unwavering commitment to excellence have garnered them a slew of accolades, including the prestigious Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards. At every stage of construction, their team maintains a vigilant watch, ensuring that each home not only meets but far exceeds the standard building requirements.

In the ever-evolving world of high-end home construction, what trends are currently making waves? Mitch astutely noted an interest in sustainable and eco-friendly building practices. Clients are increasingly seeking homes that are not only opulent and aesthetically pleasing but also eco-conscious, boasting energy efficiency and a minimal environmental footprint.

And when it comes to the intricate art of homestead and heritage home renovations, how does Frost Builders approach these endeavours? Mitch revealed that Frost Architectural Builders approaches such projects with an unwavering respect for historical integrity. They possess a unique ability to seamlessly blend modern amenities with the original charm and character of the property, resulting in a harmonious marriage of the past and the present.

If you find yourself in need of architectural builders for a new home project or are contemplating a homestead or heritage home renovation in Christchurch, look no further than Frost Architectural Builders. Their expertise in architectural design and their steadfast commitment to excellence will transform your vision for your dream home into a tangible reality. You can explore their impressive portfolio on both Archipro’s website and their own website’s portfolio pages.

Founded by Garry Frost, who envisioned homes as not just living spaces but as exquisite works of art, Frost Architectural Builders has risen to become a trailblazer in the realm of architectural building and renovations in Christchurch. Renowned for their meticulous approach and their ability to tackle intricate projects, including hillside constructions and heritage renovations, Frost Architectural Builders stands synonymous with luxury, quality, and craftsmanship in home building.

Their recent accolade as the Master Builder 2023 Regional Category Winner Gold award recipient for a home on Rugby Street in Christchurch further underscores their prowess in designing and constructing high-end homes. Frost Architectural Builders offers an extensive range of services, from crafting new architectural homes to meticulously renovating historic properties. Garry, Mitch, and their exceptional team collaborate with clients, tailoring each project to their unique needs and desires. Whether it’s a new build or a renovation, Frost Builders possesses the expertise and experience to breathe life into your vision, even in the face of challenging projects like hillside constructions, ensuring that every home they create is not just stunning but also structurally sound and harmoniously integrated with its surroundings.

View down the loung of Master Builder 2023 Regional Category Winner Gold award recipient for a home on Rugby Street in Christchurch by Frost Architectural Builders

Dynamic Business for Sale Website

NZ Business buy and sell website

For those looking to buy or sell an Auckland business or any business within New Zealand, there is a great NZ website offering just that! For 20 years, nzbizbuysell.co.nz have offered New Zealanders a highly successful platform to buy and sell businesses and franchises.

The listings on nzbizbuysell.co.nz provide a wide range of business opportunities, such as cafes, motels, service stations, manufacturing, e-commerce, and many others. The buyer may be looking solely for businesses for sale Auckland, or they can search another location, and choose from over 2500 businesses for sale NZ wide.

Listings on the website include those from both private sellers and leading New Zealand business brokers. To list a business privately, the seller simply visits nzbizbuysell.co.nz website where they follow a simple process to create a listing that will appeal to the buyer. Once they are happy with the listing, they pay, and the listing goes live. For brokers, nzbizbuysell offers a variety of appealing volume-based packages. This provides brokers with an effective way to reach buyers with their clients’ listings, and to market their broker services.

The nzbizbuysell.co.nz site seamlessly connects business buyers with sellers. As well as their popular nzbizbuysell.co.nz website, nzbizbuysell also engages via newsletters, bulletins and via the comprehensive resources available on the website.

Newsletters and bulletins feature new listings and links to new articles on the website, as well as up to date news in the arena of NZ business. The nzbizbuysell website features some great resource articles that offer invaluable expertise around both buying and selling a business. The articles are free and available to anyone who wishes to use them.

Woman searches the internet on her phone in a cafe

If you are looking to buy or sell a business in Auckland, or NZ wide, nzbizbuysell can help! Check out nzbizbuysell online at www.nzbizbuysell.co.nz

Secret Santa

Affordable Secret Santa Gift Ideas 

Stand out at your office party or family gathering this Christmas time with a thoughtful Secret Santa Gift. 

As the days begin to get longer and summer swells in New Zealand, Christmas is just around the corner. Of course, Christmas is a time for celebration and with this comes end of year work office parties and family functions where you can have some fun!  

At these events, Secret Santa gift exchanges are the norm. Deciding what to buy as a gift can be stressful, especially if you pick a colleague you hardly know or a family member you haven’t seen in years!  We’ve come up with ten elegant, meaningful and low price ideas sure to get your colleagues and family smiling, no matter who you pick. Have a look through our list until you pick out the ideal gift for your recipient.  

As you’re spending money, you will want to make it count by ensuring you buy something your recipient will actually want. We’ve grouped gifts depending on your budget! 


$10 Secret Santa Gifts 

  1. Boutique New Zealand-made chocolatesDonovans Christmas Special chocolate bites
    Does your recipient have a sweet tooth? This gift will not fail to delight. Donovans offer a range of indulgent handcrafted chocolates to indulge their taste buds.
  2. Reusable shopping bags
    Red Star Reusable supermarket bag
    Help them save the environment by gifting them printed reusable bags they can take with them to the supermarket.
  3. Sweet and naughty gummy bears
    Sugar Crave Gummy Bears Bubbly flavour
    SugarCraves have created Bubbly Gummie Bears made with Moet and Chandon Champagne, the perfect treat for your co-worker or older family member.
  4. Fudge
    Baileys Red Velvet Fudge
    A sweet treat will surely make your recipient smile. Bailey’s Fudge offers an array of scrumptious flavours including Russian Fudge and Bailey’s Irish Creme. 

$20 Secret Santa Gifts  

  1. 2021 CalendarGlenn Jones Calendar 2021
    Glen Jones has created a colourful and cheerful calendar for 2021, featuring 12 Kiwiana inspired designs. This gift is sure to get them excited about next year.
  2. Stylish candleswaxglo candle pistachio macaroon
    Make the home of your secret santa recipient smell sweet this Christmas time. Pick between pleasing soy wax candle fragrances including Gardenia Patchouli, Pistachio Macaroon and Precious Wood. #Waxgloyourhome
  3. 2021 DiaryPersonalised Pastel Diary 2021
    Everyone has things they need to plan ahead and remember to do. Get them a 2021 diary so they can make next year the best (and most organised) one yet! Frank Stationary offers luscious diary’s with bright geometric patterned designs.
  4. Reusable takeaway coffee cupOriginal Kangaroo Paw 12oz/350ml reusable cup
    Help fuel your recipients coffee addiction and help the environment as well by gifting them a nifty reusable coffee cup! 

$30 Secret Santa Gifts  

  1. Self-care setwaxglo aroma package vanilla cream
    Gift a pamper package for your co-worker or family member to help them relax this Christmas season. Waxglo sells gift sets which include a botanical wax fragrant candle paired with moisturizing hand and nail cream.
  2. Sophisticated reed diffuserwaxglo diffuser sundae
    Indulge the senses of your recipient with an aromatic fragranced diffuser. You can pick luxurious scents such as banoffee pie, chocolate fudge and rainbow trifle. 


Check out some of these NZ Secret Santa gift ideas and more at Waxglo House. 

Groovy patterned roller blinds in Auckland NZ

Add zest to your décor

Trends in blinds design come and go. Roller blinds give your home a classical look and are a wonderful alternative to curtains. Patterned roller blinds add a bit of zest to a room, filling it with life and joie de vivre. If you’re looking to inject some life into a kitchen, sunroom or children’s room, consider some of these groovy patterned blinds.

Tropical Blinds

Tropical lush leaves and birds are hot in interior design right now. The jungle theme is an uplifting theme, ideal for children. Try it out in a white painted room and throw in some plants and green cushions to create a funky space.


Feather patterned blinds

White never goes out of fashion and tone on tone white is a classic elegant look. The white on white feather pattern can be used anywhere – kitchens, bedrooms, sunrooms and lounges. It is a timeless look.


Fun dinosaur blinds for boys’ rooms

Both of my boys were mad on dinosaurs. If you are expecting a boy or redecorating, these fun blinds with t-rex, brontosaurus and triceratops bring Jurassic Park home – in a safe and playful way. This pattern pairs well with white or contemporary soft blues and duck egg paint colours. Show this to your toddler or primary school son – to get them excited about their room renovation.


Cute deer & rabbit blinds for boys and girls

If you’re not sure what gender your baby is, or you have two kids sharing the same room, these deer blinds bring nature home and suit either or both genders.


Textured roller blinds

Coffee or grey textures give depth and warmth to clean white walls – and also look awesome paired with chocolate, brown greys and black feature walls.


About fabrics & Home Vision Blinds

These are just a few of the new releases in patterned blinds from Louvolite available at Home Vision Roller Blinds Auckland.


Home Vision deliver roller blinds NZ wide and have supplied blinds to over 100,000 customers.

The Louvolite fabric is high quality fabric, from the UK, so patterned blinds are a little more expensive than single colour blinds.  Just like a feature wall, it’s popular and fun to use for a feature window. If the room doesn’t warrant the cost of a patterned blind, an alternative to printed roller blinds is single-colour roller blinds.  It’s important not to skimp on blind prices, because cheaper fabrics can release toxins over time with exposure to heat. At Home Vision Blinds, they are very ethical re quality, and source certified fabrics from suppliers that have a commensurate focus on quality.

The blinds are made in Auckland, New Zealand at Home Vision Blinds’ factory in East Tamaki – so you can get the exact size you need and chose the components to suit your window frame, paint colour and décor.

The owners of Home Vision Blinds have extensive knowledge and a depth of engineering knowledge that has arisen from years of operation and ongoing requests for improvements in blind components. That’s why they offer a 5-year warranty on their blinds (including components).  They have invested heavily in their manufacturing facilities and are now one of the largest blinds manufacturers in NZ selling to both residential and commercial customers.

Just as you love your home, Home Vision has been established for more than 30 years and is passionate about providing a solution that fits in with your vision for your home.

Trends in staircase design 2019

When designing a new home, a staircase in your hall or entry foyer can be a feature or style statement.  Hot trends in stairs design include:

Floating stairs built with resin or engineered stone slab steps sitting on a centered steel rail for strength. The larger landing on these architectural stairs adds a touch of elegance and class.

Glass balustrades with no handrail – though check your local regulations re stairs: Christchurch City Council insisted on hand rails on both sides in a recent commercial staircase renovation I did.

Timber finish on stair treads for a warm natural look

Office, homework nook or book shelves under a floating staircase.  Often an awkward corner to furnish, this is a really practical idea for utilising the space well.

So where do go for staircase design?

Engineering companies or architects.  I can recommend Division Group who designs, manufactures and installs architectural stairs Christchurch-wide, supplying supporting engineering services. Check out the cool metal detailing on their offices and meeting rooms at their Kaiapoi engineering base.  Anthony is what I’d call a “creative engineer”.  His team co-ordinate the whole shebang including glass balustrades, metal handrails and staircase brackets as well as documentation/consents as required.

By the way, one of the surprising issues few people consider at the design stage is installation.  Stairs can often be in tight spaces and need installing after walls and doors are in, which can make access tricky.  Division Group has a range of nifty, specialist gear for installing staircases in tricky spaces with some funky spider cranes – Anthony reckons he loves a challenge but it pays to have a site visit or show him your plans early on just in case!