NZICA reacts to CPA challenge, strengthens ties with IOD 18 Oct 2012
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NZICA reacts to CPA challenge, strengthens ties with IOD
By Jonathan Underhill
Oct. 18 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants has announced a new alliance with the Institute of Directors on the same day as a rival organisation, CPA Australia, gained Financial Markets Authority permission to license auditors in New Zealand.
The two bodies will pool resources “where relevant,” NZICA and the IOD said in a joint statement.
Corporate governance “is an area where there is on-going change and widespread interest in ensuring that boards have the right mix of expertise,” with the Financial Markets Conduct Bill currently before the parliament, said NZICA chief executive Terry McLaughlin.
The tie-up was announced hours after the FMA welcomed a rival to NZICA in the market for licensing company auditors. The accreditation of CPA Australia to license auditors who carry out audits in New Zealand means NZICA is no longer the sole operator in its market.
“The licensing regime will improve the standard of auditing, boost confidence in investment markets and ultimately allow businesses to focus on what really matters – achieving sustainable growth,” said Alex Malley, CPA Australia chief executive, in a separate statement.
NZICA has more than 33,000 accounting and business professionals as members, according to its website. CPA Australia is a part of a global group and has previously told BusinessDesk it wants to win a larger share of the New Zealand market.
CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a membership of more than 139,000 finance, accounting and business professionals across the globe, according to its website.
Rules are tightening for directors and their
obligations and liabilities are spelled out in the new
The reputation of directors in New Zealand has been marred by a string of convictions in high profile cases where finance companies failed. Some are now in jail.
McLaughlin said the NZICA’s tie-up with the directors’ body is “a tangible way to lift standards of corporate governance and deliver benefits to our members.”
Under the Auditor Regulation Act 2011, auditors who carry out issuer audits must be licenced and audit firms must be registered.
CPA Australia’s accreditation “establishes an important regulatory relationship between the FMA and CPA Australia,” said FMA chief executive Sean Hughes.
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