About Us

About the Firm

Callagher & Co was formed as a profit centre domiciled within another CA practice in August 2003.  In July 2007 in conjunction with a cost share partner the company restructured its affairs and moved into new premises and established itself under the current corporate banner.

Initially operating as a Sole Practitioner firm the business today employs three full time qualified accounting staff and a range of contract administrative support staff.

Though often described as a boutique firm we have assisted several clients take new ideas and products from concept through the design and prototype phase and then through to release to market.  Three of these products have recently been released through trade shows and are now being sold internationally.  

As technology has moved forward so too has the manner in which we engage with our clients.  Our client base within New Zealand quite literally extends from North Cape to the Bluff.   Our client base internationally involves managing the New Zealand affairs of clients based all over the world, with clients from China, United Kingdom, Germany, South America all utilizing our services.

Unlike many firms we do not promote, support or license any specific accounting package. Depending on the needs of our client, previous accounting experience and the time availability of each client, we offer and unbiased assessment of the merits and usability of the numerous accounting packages available; we let you decide.

About the Principal - Peter Callagher CA (PP) CPA (PP)

MBS (Hons) Massey; BBS UNITEC; Dip Prof. Acct. UNITEC; Grad Dip Higher Ed. UNITEC. Senior Member, New Zealand Trustees Association (NZTA). Like many young accountants I commenced my involvement and interest in the profession through employment at the Inland Revenue.

After four years I made a move into Banking and Finance working for National Australia Bank, Countrywide Bank and AVCO Finance and Insurance.

After ten years in this sector I decided my future lay back in accountancy and I resigned full time employment and went back to tertiary studies to obtain my formal qualifications.

Throughout that period I worked part time lecturing at several tertiary institutes around Auckland while contemporaneously I completed several project based contracts; the most noteworthy of these being a material contribution to the redesign of the cost systems at a publicly listed entity.

Exposure to the tertiary sector resulted in the formation of a research business that provides contract research services predominantly to the Ministry of Fisheries. This entity, in conjunction with academic co-authors, is responsible for a number of internationally recognized publications.

This involvement in the tertiary sector has also resulted in my being involved as a contract facilitator and marker to the PREP division of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).

Although allergic to seafood, I am a keen scuba diver and hold numerous recreational, technical and professional qualifications in this field.