“We may be cloud focused but we are very down to earth.”

Kirsten Hawke

Kirsten Hawke C.A.


Kirsten Hawke, Chartered Accountant and CPA is the founder and CEO of Astill Hawke & Associates Accounting and the driving force behind Business Buddy. Since first going into Practice in 2002, Kirsten had the vision to create an accounting practice that focuses on its clients. Her drive and enthusiasm has lead Business Buddy to become the number one provider of accounting in the cloud, an approach that’s revolutionizing the accounting world.

“We are here for our client’s like a buddy would be. The name sums up what we do, we care, we look out for you and we walk by your side. We’re your Business Buddy, we want you to succeed and we know that our proactive advice really makes a difference.”

Kirsten has a strong background in business management, her experience and expertise means she can readily understand businesses and provide guidance in human resources, business structuring and regular management reporting. Kirsten currently lives in the Farm Cove area with her  two  children and their multiple pets. Kirsten is a past President and Assistant Governor of the Manukau City Sunrise Rotary Club. She enjoys spending time with her family, entertaining family and friends, wine tasting, travel and hiking.

Karen Burns

Karen Burns

Business Buddy Accountant

Karen has worked in chartered accounting  for the past ten years. She has had strong experience in information technology and accounting environments, working for small and large organisations. She enjoys technology, sports, reading, gardening and most of all her family.

Deidre Morgan

Deidre Morgan

Business Manager

Deidre’s background is in administration/office management and client services. She started with Business Buddy in 2006 and has grown in accounting and business development skills. 

In her down time, Deidre enjoys socialising with friends and family, but appreciates time spent at home chillaxing.  

In July 2016, Deidre became president of Quota International of Papakura, where the club and members undertake a range of community based service projects.

Dee Whelan

Dee Whelan

Reception/Office Assistant

Dee joined the team at Business Buddy in July 2010, returning to the workforce after being a full time mum to her two boys. She previously worked in secretarial and Administration roles and enjoys getting to know our clients and understanding their needs. 

Dee lives in Botany and loves shopping and spending quality time with her husband and sons.

Amy Posthuma

Amy Posthuma

Junior Accountant

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Being young and aspirational has established a great career pathway for BUSINESS buddy’s youngest accountant, Amy Posthuma.

Following her internship at BUSINESS buddy’s East Tamaki office, Amy was offered a full-time position as their junior accountant.

In 2016, Amy completed her bachelor degree in applied management at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). She recognised accounting is practical and applicable to wide-ranging elements of business, and opted to major in the discipline.
Amy enjoys management accounting as well as identifying how companies can grow by analysing costings.

She also enjoys the ease of using Xero as she has become more familiar with it.

When Amy isn’t busy helping businesses she enjoys reading, great movies and social sports.

Jonathan Sturm

Jonathan Sturm C.A

Chartered Accountant - Business Buddy franchisee

A career that started out in a New Zealand bank call centre gave our Waiuku BUSINESS buddy an exceptional understanding of customer service.

Jonathan Sturm also learnt that when you are determined – anything is possible, and it wasn’t long before the self-starter leapt into his commerce degree at the University of Victoria in Wellington.

His banking vocation progressed beyond answering phone inquiries to providing business support, lending and finance.

The allure of travel took Jonathan to London where he found himself in the middle of the global financial crisis (GFC) working with a major European bank and analysing staff reduction strategies.

The excitement of London came to a sudden halt when Jonathan experienced a serious accident and returned to New Zealand, with some long-term rehabilitation ahead of him.

You can’t keep a good person down though and Jonathan briefly returned to his banking career while he completed some accounting papers.

Later, while working with a multinational manufacturer and a Kiwi IT telecommunications company, Jonathan completed his chartered accountancy qualification.

During those years he became a father and decided a long day commuting in Auckland traffic was not achieving the work-life balance he wanted with his young family.

He found a new management accounting role in Franklin, found the perfect property for his family in Waiuku and thought there had to be more to life.

“I was looking for a challenge and wanted to make a difference,” says Jonathan. “I even had a crack at studying to be a secondary school teacher.”

“When I saw an opportunity to run my own BUSINESS buddy franchise – I could see the potential to really help other business owners.

“I worked with a few local smaller companies and saw how helping them with their business – helped them with their lives.”

His strength comes from good understanding of business banking, as well as business and manufacturing systems.

Jonathan can identify ways to apply big business principles to growing businesses, helping them achieve their goals.

And, because he loves hanging out with his wife and three daughters – he’s often found in the garden or tackling his latest DIY project around the home.

Rachel Bedford

Rachel Bedford

Accounts receivable

Rachel has been in accounts and general administration field for more than 15 years. She has recently completed and graduated with a Diploma in Business, Diploma in Human Resources and completed the Accounting Technician qualification. Rachel has a good understanding of the main accounting systems as they relate to debtor management.

Rachel has been happily married for nine years and has two beautiful kids, a eight-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy. She enjoys trips to the beach, dining out, spending quality time with her family, harbours a passion for dancing and would have loved to become a professional dancer.

Business Buddy - a great place to work

Business Buddy - a great place to work

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