Chartered Accountants that care

Mat Arcus


Mat has been a Chartered Accountant for 14 years. He has extensive commercial accounting experience with large companies, as well as hands-on experience working with many small businesses. Mat moved to Hawke’s Bay for a better work/life balance, joining Maxims in 2010 as a senior accountant before purchasing the company in 2015. Moving forward, Mat plans to continue to provide the personal accounting service that founder Pene Johnstone developed. Out of the office Mat’s usually busy chasing his three boys around, or coaching one of their sports teams.

Pene Johnstone

Senior Accountant

Providing a more personal accountancy service is the driving force behind Maxims’ founder, Pene Johnstone. Pene’s strengths lie in investment property and rural accountancy. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Pene spending time with her grandchildren at the beach at Waimarmara, or reading a book.

Juliet Walton

Senior Accountant

Juliet has joined us from a large accounting firm in Napier. She is a Chartered Accountant and an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (non-practising). Juliet has previously worked as a lawyer for firms in Napier, Hastings and Wellington before deciding eight years ago to retrain as an accountant. When she’s not crunching numbers at work, Juliet enjoys spending time with her family biking and enjoying other activities in the great outdoors.

Deb Coley


Deb spends most of her day preparing financial statements and GST returns. She joined the company from a large accounting firm and enjoys working in a smaller team environment. Outside of work you will find Deb at the gym, in the garden or reading a book.

Tania Doidge


Tania joined the Maxims team in 2007. She is responsible for preparing financial statements and tax returns and also prepares GST returns for clients. During the weekend Tania enjoys retreating to Waipatiki beach or spending time with her children.

Kate Buchanan

Junior Accountant

Kate has just returned from a volunteer teaching role in India over the summer. She is a qualified teacher, but after spending some time working with us, she enjoyed the work so much and realised she could be an asset to Maxims, so has joined us permanently to pursue a career in Accounting.

Andrea Wilton


Armed with a degree in accountancy, Andrea has experience in a large firm delivering accounting services including audit. When she’s not crunching numbers at work Andrea enjoys spending time with her family at the beach.

Carol Dennis

Tax Clerk

Carol is the person who makes sure you pay your tax on time! She sends out all the tax notices and is responsible for checking tax assessments, e-file tax returns and liaising with Inland Revenue. Carol also looks after gifting for Trusts, all Company records and filing Company annual returns. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time in the garden, catching up with friends or reading a good book.

Donna Meredith


When you first walk in the door at Maxims Accounting, Donna is the first person you see. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth day to day running of the office. Outside of work Donna loves making the most of the Hawke’s Bay sunshine, lazing by the pool and fishing.