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Our Accredited Partner Programme is designed to recognise those accounting firms we regard as experts in the agricultural sector. They have demonstrated outstanding knowledge of Cashmanager RURAL, and can help add value to your farming business. In this blog we profile Taihape’s Ryan, Thomas & Co

Ryan, Thomas & Co offers expert rural services on a wide range of business-related issues and requirements. We have hands-on experience in many local industries, which will enable us, following consultation, to offer you a tailored package of services that will specifically cater to your needs.

We offer accurate and timely reporting, which means you can spend more time doing business and less time worrying about administrative and taxation issues.

A colourful family history

In 2010 Ryan, Thomas & Co celebrated 100 years of service to the local Taihape, Rangitikei and Central Districts, a history dedicated to family and the community, of which we are truly proud.

The practice was set up by Mr Alfred Mervyn Ryan during the early years of Taihape’s settlement, officially opening in 1910.

Prior to 1929, farming profits were not taxed. The Government then introduced the Standard Value System to recognise the significant contribution farmers were making to the country’s economy.

Accounting advice and bookwork became a new requirement of farmers and Darby was swamped with business. He took on Ronald Edward Thomas in 1954. Ron was secretary of the Fire Board and involved with rugby, cricket, bowls, table tennis and rugby refereeing.

Rabbits were a significant hindrance to farmers’ incomes in the district and the firm’s partners were instrumental in the administration of the district’s four Rabbit Boards. These boards combined in 1961 to become the Taihape Pest Destruction Board, until 1989, when the Regional Council took control. The Ryans and Ron Thomas were the main administrative driving force behind the benefits these boards brought to the community and, as a result, relationships between the farmers and the practice grew.

Ron was left to practice on his own until he hired his two budding accountant sons, Gary and Alan, in 1975 and 1977 respectively. Both were admitted as partners in 1981. Ron stepped down in 1988 and retired in May 1997 at the ripe old age of 82. Matthew, Gary’s son, returned from overseas to join the business in 2010.

The practice continues today on the same basis as it was set up, operating as a family business and serving Taihape and neighbouring districts. The name Ryan, Thomas & Co reflects a colourful history involving two local families, with Alan and Gary carrying on their father’s legacy of strong involvement in sports and community activities.

The practice has acted for many families and their interests over generations and, in many cases, continues to act for them even after they have left the district.

Benefits of Cashmanager RURAL

We find Cashmanager RURAL to be user friendly, with great support. It provides robust accountants’ reports and general ledger to analyse end-of-year accounts.

Farmers find it one of the easiest accounting programs to learn and use. Cashmanager RURAL keeps a simple format of cash accounting and does not involve any non-cash accounting entries. In our opinion Cash Reports provide an easier source of base information for accountants to follow and to compile end-of-year financial statements.

Accreditation has enabled Ryan, Thomas & Co Chartered Accountants to have the trained skills and support to be able to provide informed, timely and accurate information to their clients.


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