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A sad time for Baker Tilly Staples Rodway

We are sad to announce that John Wadams, Staples Rodway Auckland’s Chairman, passed away peacefully last Thursday (June 8) surrounded by family at North Shore Hospital. John was a highly respected Auckland businessman whose astute assessment of people, strong integrity and great understanding of tax law was instrumental to the growth of the Auckland accountancy practice.

Joining the firm in 1970 as the fifth and ultimately longest serving partner to date, John was brought on to add to the already extensive experience and reputation that the firm had as a tax consultancy practice. As a senior inspector with the IRD, John had already developed keen share valuation skills. This, together with John’s trustworthiness and sound judgement, made Staples Rodway the firm of choice for many high net worth families and individuals.

A visionary, able to see the big picture and potential in people, John was a strong mentor to many generations of Staples Rodway’s staff who, as a result of the extensive knowledge and business acumen passed on by John, have become future managers and directors within the company.

David Searle, Staples Rodway Auckland’s Managing Director explains “John was fundamental to the success of Staples Rodway and applied his significant experience to assist the firm to grow. Without John the firm would not be where it is today.”

Today Staples Rodway has grown from an Auckland based tax practice to a New Zealand wide full service accounting firm specialising in Tax, Corporate Advisory, Business Advisory, Audit and HR, due in large part to John’s leadership.

John was sought by many respected names in the business community for his governance skills and was respected by his peers in the profession, being awarded a Fellowship (FCA) by what was then known as NZICA.

John had strong community values and was the Chairman of the board for St John Northern Region, having long served as the board member in charge of finances and been awarded a Knighthood in that organisation.

John found joy in the success of others and had strong family values. A father and brother figure to many in the firm, John will be sorely missed by his family, his colleagues and their families, as well as his clients and the business community.

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