My Town – Invercargill, New Zealand

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My Town

Malloch McClean’s CEO John Schol loves living in his hometown of Invercargill. A born and bred Southlander, John returned from Otago University to join the firm. “We have great people here innovating and collaborating with clients to create smarter better businesses.

Winner of the 2019 Xero Large Partner of the Year award and recognised in the New Zealand’s Sunday Star-Times CAANZ Top 30 Accounting Firms 2018 & 2019, John believes Malloch McClean has rapidly moved to meet accounting industry changes.

Southland shares 12% of New Zealand’s total land area with less than 100,000 people.  It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life.  With the upcoming redevelopment of the central city, direct flights from Auckland, high standards of education, low living costs and Central Otago on its doorstep, John believes Southland is a great place to live, work, study and play.

Invercargill’s multicultural community has a make-up that’s unlike anywhere else. The province is fortunate to have world class art, educational, sporting and community facilities with national championship winning teams like the Southern Steel and the Southland Sharks that bring people together.

Eating fresh local seafood is one of John’s favourite past times.  When he’s out and about, he stops off at renowned café’s like Eat on Windsor and the Pantry in South City to sample their great coffee and iconic local cheese rolls which are a must try for any traveller.

The province boasts many ‘only in Invercargill’ attractions that are a petrol heads dream.  A must stop is Motorcycle Mecca museum which has an A to Z of motorcycle brands.  If you’re into icons, then E Hayes and Sons has all you need to know about the ‘World’s Fastest Indian’.  And last, but not least the Bill Richardson Transport World which features hundreds of motor vehicles including the mighty red 1940 Dodge Airflow ‘Texaco Tanker’.

If you’re not a petrol head, then take a roady on the Southern Scenic Route loop which links Dunedin, Queenstown, Invercargill and the Catlins. You can find peace on Stewart Island, walk the Routeburn Track, surf Riverton or maybe sample Hokonui’s moonshine.  If you’re lucky enough to be here in May, you can indulge at the Bluff Oyster Festival. If you have the time, an absolute must is a visit to Fiordland which is brimming with wilderness, wildlife and breath-taking scenery.

So, head on down south, they’d love to see you there…

John Schol … world’s fastest accountant!

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