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STAPLES RODWAY CELEBRATES

70 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Today Staples Rodway is one of New Zealand’s largest chartered accounting networks with a team of 420 partners and staff working in seven offices around the country. However our beginnings were much more modest. We trace our history back to October 1945 when Charles (“Charlie”) Staples leased a small office in Auckland’s Queen Street and began practising as a taxation consultant. Frank Rodway joined Charlie shortly afterwards and the firm became Staples & Rodway.

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HE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR BUSINESS were laid when Frank Rodway and Charlie Staples first met in 1931 while they both worked at the Land and Income Tax Department – the predecessor of today’s Inland Revenue Department. During lunch hours Charlie would practise his banjo skills and, on one such occasion, someone suggested he ask the ‘musical bloke’, Frank Rodway, for chord advice. It marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Not only did the pair share a passion for music and a background in accounting, their aspirations to establish their own practice, too, were similarly aligned. In 1945 Charlie left his job to establish his own practice in a modest office on the 6th floor of the old Colonial Mutual Life Assurance building on Queen Street. He was joined by Frank and, over the ensuing years, their practice went from

strength to strength. The Staples name became synonymous with tax expertise through publication of the Staples Tax Guide. Originally written by Charlie in 1940, it soon became the ‘tax bible’ for generations of Kiwi business people, students of taxation and other professionals. The Staples name today remains synonymous with taxation, with the 75th edition of the Staples Tax Guide to be published by Thomson Reuters this year. In 1970 John Wadams joined the firm. As well as significantly building up the business, John made a number of important changes, including the introduction of hourly rates for staff time. John oversees the firm’s relationship with many of our longest standing clients, who remain a valued part of our business today. In February 1986, in keeping with the trend of the day for simple, uncomplicated names, the name of the practice changed from Staples Rodway & Co to

A BRIEF HISTORY OF STAPLES RODWAY 1945

1970

Charlie establishes the firm.

John Wadams joins the firm.

1986

1987

Name changed to Staples Frank retires. Rodway. Charlie passes away.

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