Craig Hibbert - Owner
I was part owner of a retail sports store for 25 years where I was responsible for keeping the books but like a lot of small business owners I had no idea of what I was doing.
While I was there I went to CPIT part time and completed my Diploma in Business passing top in my year.
I then worked in a Chartered Accountancy firm for 4 years where I qualified as an Accounting Technician with the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.
I started Bookworks in February 2004 after receiving client records in all kinds of different shoe boxes.
My forte is fixing messes in my clients software.
I spend most of my time fixing these messes as well as training and supporting my clients in a one on one situation. I am an Approved Trainer for MYOB, QuickBooks and Xero
Because of my accounting qualifications I bring that extra level of knowledge and experience.
I fill that gap between the client and the accountant because I have been in both positions and understand that neither one understands the other very well.
Accountants recommend our team to their clients because it then makes their job easier and ensures that their clients have accurate records.
Ultimately, our goal is to help small businesses grow and become more profitable by making sure their financial information is accurate, understandable and on time. In this way, everyone saves time and money.’
Most people didn't go into business to do their books, but we did.
We understand how frustrating and intimidating the complexities of financial systems can be for the average business person. Our team will put you at ease, explain concepts in everyday language and make the whole process stress free and enjoyable. Or better still, we can do it all for you!
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I completed my B Com in 1991 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1996.
I started out working in Real Estate and Commercial Property Management as a Management Accountant.
Then spent two years in the UK working as an accountant.
I returned home to start a family and took on a sole charge office position with a Label
From 2006 – 2010 I worked as a Consultant for MoneyWorks Accounting Software in a role that
included installation and training of the software, and then on-going support for clients. I also took
on the office role for those clients when necessary.
From 2010 I branched out by taking on more admin position clients and broadening the software
that I supported to include Xero, MYOB and Quickbooks. In this capacity I joined the Bookworks
My strength lies in my accounting background teamed with a strong software knowledge and
experience at the coal face in administrative roles. A handy perspective that enables me to relate to
the needs of all within the business – the accountant, the owner, the office administrator.
I currently have clients in manufacturing, painting and building contractors, property management
I joined Bookworks in 2008 as a bookkeeper and later incorporated the role of credit controller.
I had previously worked in various industries predominantly in administrative and payroll/HR roles
including working in a local high school in the careers department on the “Gateway” programme
networking with employers to gain placements for students for long term work experience.
I studied part-time while working and completed a Certificate in Personnel Management in 1999.
In 2000 I completed a New Zealand Diploma in Business and a NZIM Diploma in Management, specialising in HR.
I have experience in MYOB, Quickbooks, Xero and Smartpayroll. My knowledge of payroll has
enabled clients to improve and streamline their processes to meet IRD compliance obligations.
I currently have clients in the retail, building and trade services, hospitality, hairdressing and
My interests outside of work include socialising with friends, walking with my family, biking and a
variety of creative projects.
After having our 2 boys I started back working part-time at a Car Sales as an Office
From 2000 – 2012 I worked as an Executive Officer for an Intermediate School. My role
included Office Administration and Payroll.
I joined Bookworks in April 2012.
I currently have clients in hospitality, painting and building contractors, and retail, in which I
use MYOB and Xero.
Outside of work I still play hockey at a competitive level. I have been priviledged to
represent New Zealand in Masters Hockey in a Trans Tasman Series winning a gold medal