About us

What makes us tick

We’re a friendly and expert team at Number Up. Nothing is a problem! We genuinely care about helping you improve your business and offer you all the support you need. Our mission is to provide a warm, caring and specialised accounting and business service for you. Our focus is building a business community that you can be proud to be a part of. We see you as an important part of our community.

Our roots

Queenstowner, Scott Townsend, founded Number Up after successfully operating the popular local accounting firm, Beanies On The Run. Scott started out in hospitality, managing restaurants and hotels throughout NZ and Australia, and even spent two seasons as a Guide on the world famous Milford Track. From there Scott took the natural career progression into accounting. After working for two large South Island accounting firms he felt like accounting desperately needed more personality and genuine care. So that’s how we got here… Number Up, the friendly, caring, approachable accounting firm!

What makes us special

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we’re approachable

Our team are hand picked based on their expertise and willingness to provide the best service they can. And we all like a laugh too! We pride ourselves on being here for you. Whatever your problem, we’re always here to help.

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we work with you

We build a stong relationship with you based on trust and understanding. We partner with you to get the best out of your business.

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we adapt for you

We know that everyone’s problems and goals are a little different. Our approach is understand what you need and give you exactly that.

Meet the team

Scott Townsend

Scott Townsend

Chartered Accountant, father, business owner, teacher, writer, ex Milford Track guide and hospitality manager. That’s me. I have 4 sons but just the one wife due to legal reasons.

Fun at life but serious in business. That’s the values we aspire to here. I have a long history in helping small businesses thrive. I enjoy working together with you to build on your expertise.

I have worked in hotels throughout Australasia and was a guide on the famous Milford Track before taking the natural career progression into accounting. I have developed and taught papers at Queenstown Resort College as well as teaching small business owners through Te Wananga Aoteroa. My well rounded life experiences mean that I can give you the help you need in every sense of business. Nothing is a problem – I’m here to help.

My passion is to help people achieve their personal goals through business. My goal is to build a supportive business community with our clients and business partners where we can all happily.

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Julia Heath

Julia Heath

I’m Julia a Chartered Accountant and together with my Partner Ben I’ve recently relocated to Queenstown from the Manawatu/Wanganui area of the North Island. Having spent many years working as a Senior Accountant in Taihape, Palmerston North and Wanganui I’ve been privileged to gain plenty of experience working with a diverse range of clients and assisting them with their tax responsibilities and developing their businesses.

As well as having a passion for numbers, in my spare time, Ben and I are part-time bee keepers, very keen fishermen and highly motivated to get out and make the most of the great outdoors. We are loving exploring the beautiful South Island and all that it has on offer.

I enjoy getting know clients and their businesses so that I can help them to achieve their goals. I’m very excited to be working with both existing and new Number Up clients and I am committed to providing the best possible accounting support.

Tanu Sandhu

Tanu Sandhu

I’m Tanu Sandhu, the Office Manager at Number Up. I moved to to Queenstown from Christchurch, to be with my fiance who works in the golf industry.

I have a Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing, and left my last corporate job to start my own little business – Fallen Leaves. Apart from running this small business, I also manage my  fiance’s business and not to forget the household too!

I’m a problem solver at heart and I love working in customer service and client relationship management.

Renee Manabat

Hi, I am Renee. I have been a certified public accountant since 2014. I am based in the Philippines so too far for Scott’s darts and rubber bands. I have experience in public and private practice. I have worked as an auditor in a large accounting and audit firm. I also have experience as a financial analyst working for Shell. My current role is intermediate accountant at Number Up, helping prepare financial statements and other tasks.

I am also a writer/blogger by passion – just love expressing myself through writing. In my free time I love reading books, editing videos, watching Korean series and trading stocks. Yes, I may seem to be the homebody type of person but I also love going out when I’m with friends and family.

I am hardworking and always glad to be of help to our clients. I am very easy and fun to deal with. I’m here to help.

Nicki Shand

Hello there. My name is Nicki Shand and I am a chartered accountant based in Christchurch. Think that is still too far for Scott’s paper darts although he does say he has a good range.

I have worked as senior accountant for a number of larger firms in Christchurch and Nelson and have been a chartered accountant since 1998. A three-month secondment to New York would have to be one of the highlights of my career! 

My job at Number Up is to help with annual financial statements and other tax compliance. I also answer your accounting queries. I was the FIF and PIE expert in a previous firm – so Scott was happy to offload that role onto me again! 

I live on a lifestyle block in Ohoka so I have had to pick up a number of other skills including driving a tractor, changing the blades on my ride-on-mower and learning to use a chainsaw among other things. 

I specialise in assisting with Xero software and some of it’s associated add-on softwares in order to improve efficiencies and make your life easier. So I am here to help you with all your accounting needs.

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