Accountant planning

Five top tips for paying 28 August provisional tax

Are you due to pay 28 August provisional tax?

For many businesses, this will be their first instalment of provisional tax for the 2024 tax year. It’s important to stump up what you owe on this date. Inland Revenue (IR) won’t hesitate to charge steep interest and late payment penalties if you don’t.

If you’re a business owner or operator, here are five useful tips to ensure you’re ready to pay 28 August provisional tax. For agents, you may also wish to share these tips with your clients to help them prepare.

1. Assess your cashflow

Now’s the time to look at the money coming in and going out of your business.

Cast your eyes over your accounts receivable report to see which customers owe you money. If required, ask them if they can sort their bill earlier. Conversely, see if you can buy more time if you owe suppliers money.

If cashflow is tight or you have a better use for the money, keep reading. There’s an option that lets you pay 28 August provisional tax when it suits you.

2. Be aware of the changes 

If you’re a safe harbour taxpayer, be aware that despite the rule changes, IR will still charge LPPs at each payment date. You can find out more about the changes here.

3. Know your methods to calculate 28 August provisional tax

It’s important you are aware of the different methods available to calculate your provisional tax payments. For more information about the provisional tax methods available to you, see our Provisional Tax Guide.

4. Consider using tax pooling

An IR-approved tax pooling intermediary such as Tax Management NZ can assist if cashflow is tight. Working with them allows you to pay 28 August provisional tax at a time and in a manner that suits you, without incurring late payment penalties. You can defer the full payment to a date in the future or pay off what’s due in instalments.

Paying via TMNZ also means significant savings on Inland Revenue use of money interest.

TMNZ holds date-stamped tax for you in its IR account. You pay TMNZ at the agreed future date or as and when it suits your cashflow.

5. If in doubt, consult a professional

Do you have any questions about 28 August provisional tax? Seek the advice of an accountant or tax advisor. They can determine the best provisional tax calculation for your business and help you manage your payments and cashflow.

If you wish to learn more about the provisional tax payment flexibility TMNZ offers businesses, email or phone 0800 829 888.

Information in this article is correct as at 17/8/22. You should consult with your tax advisor concerning all tax matters. Read our Terms and conditions.

Paying provisional tax – do you want it to be easier?

Kiwi business owners are all too familiar with the concept of provisional tax, and for many, paying it can be a bit of a chore. 

One of the biggest issues people face is the IRD’s inflexibility. The IRD sets the dates you have to pay, and you’ve got no choice but to follow their lead.  

No consideration is given to the time of year, business cash flow, or seasonal circumstances. After all, no one wants to pay a big lump sum when cashflow is tight.  

The IRD model doesn’t consider whether businesses are light on cash, have an urgent need for money, or a better use for their funds. You simply have to pay up or face the penalties — with IRD interest on top of late payment fees. 

But there’s one thing you should know about paying provisional tax. There is a better, easier way: tax pooling.  

Tax pooling gives you more choice over your tax and lets you make payments on your terms without incurring the IRD’s wrath. 

The option has been available to New Zealand provisional taxpayers for more than two decades.  

Since 2003, thousands of businesses have been paying provisional tax through tax pooling providers like TMNZ. We let you pay what you owe at a time that suits you.  

The best part? Tax pools are IRD-approved.

So, how does a tax pool work for paying provisional tax? 

A tax pool is all about balance. Some businesses in our pool may end up overpaying their liability. These overpayments help other businesses in the pool that need more time to pay. A collective approach. 

Users of our tax pool do have to pay some interest, but it’s charged at a much lower rate than the IRD’s interest or the rates you’d pay for taking out an overdraft with the bank. There are also no late payment penalties to think about.  

All you have to do is tell us the tax amount due and when and how you’d like to pay. We’ll take care of the rest and notify the IRD. 

Why haven’t I heard about this before? 

While tax pooling isn’t common knowledge among small businesses, it is considered best practice among many accountants and tax advisers.  

How can I start paying provisional tax with tax pooling? 

Discuss tax pooling with your accountant (or with one of our Premium TMNZ Accounting Partners) ahead of your next provisional tax instalment or if you’ve struggled to match business cash flow with your past payments. 

Ask your adviser to download this free guide that provides simple information on how tax pooling works.  

Want to learn more about tax pooling? 

Talk to our customer support team on 0800 888 829 or send us an email. 

Mindful Money - Impact Story

“If we can change the way money flows, we can change our future for the better. By shifting investments away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy, for example, we set in motion potential exponential growth in ventures that can bring energy security, improved health outcomes, environmental benefits and financial returns. Who wouldn’t want that?” 
Barry Coates, Founder Mindful Money 

New Zealand is the only place in the world where investments made through third party companies, such as KiwiSaver, can be scrutinised. That said, the information has been hard to find and even harder to interpret. You might need a Master’s Degree from Yale University to extract the detail from this financial rabbit hole, and to be able to properly assess it. Fortunately, economist Barry Coates, Founder of Mindful Money, has those skills and he assembled a team of willing volunteers to get the job done for us. 

“Even when we can see a list of named companies that KiwiSavers have invested in, it might not be clear what they do. And they could be investing in other funds, and so on, until it is impossible to see the companies they actually invest in,” says Barry. 

This dedicated endeavour marked the start of Mindful Money, launched in 2019 with Rt Hon Grant Robertson in attendance. Barry and his team have quickly made progress finding out what KiwiSaver funds are really invested in, and then included all the retail investment funds. There are now 800 funds analysed on the Mindful Money website.  

In 2019, the team at Mindful Money exposed a whopping $130M total investment by KiwiSavers in nuclear weapons. As something that is utterly at odds with our collective and historic identity, Barry decided to give KiwiSaver fund managers a window to take action ahead of naming the companies publicly. In a year, this had dropped to $52M and then to around $15M. Now it is less than $10M.  

These revelations continued when Mindful Money published a list of all of the New Zealand funds invested in companies aligned to the Putin regime. They all sold those investments. And in 2023, Mindful Money uncovered a further 88 KiwiSaver funds investing in companies whose activities benefitted the Myanmar military, who are responsible for massive human rights violations. Again, Mindful Money are checking to ensure that these funds are shifted before releasing names.  

Transparency and accountability are huge drivers for change, but what about positively enabling proactive choice? Empowering Kiwis with the tools to access information on their investments – in a manageable way – via the Mindful Money website means they can move their funds away from fossil fuels, weapons or animal cruelty if they want to and instead invest in the issues they really want to see – such as social housing, renewable energy, forest regeneration. 

It was at this juncture, when Barry was seeking to increase the number of investment options that create social and environmental good, that he connected with Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation through mutual friends at the Centre for Sustainable Finance. Mindful Money were already making great progress on generating transparency in the investment market, but it was clear that if more Kiwis and fund managers were looking for positive investment options, Mindful Money should be playing a proactive role in signposting some solid options.  

Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation was keen to see Barry take this next step in changing how the money flows, using it as a lever in bringing social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. The potential here seemed huge, but it would need some dedicated resource for research. The Foundation has funded a new role of Investment Manager at Mindful Money, taken on by financial expert Justine Sefton.  

“We have traditionally been working with a culture of investing broadly and safely in known entities, which is why fossil fuels persist as assets in KiwiSaver portfolios,” explains Justine. “The truth is fossil fuels aren’t bringing the financial returns that they used to. They are not the future. We need to invest in smarter technologies and systems that have greater potential to bring about the kind of equitable financial, environmental and social future that we actually want and need.” 

Barry and Justine are interviewing fund managers and researching the market with the aim of putting more investment options in front of fund managers. Mindful Money is conscious that they need to be more than whistle blowers, and that generating avenues for impact investment is equally part of their wheelhouse. Investors not only want to avoid harm, they want opportunities for their investments to create positive benefits.

Mindful Money has already provided fund information – free of charge –  to 349 KiwiSaver Funds and 453 Investment Funds. They have set a target for New Zealand investment in positive impact of $100M. 

By the numbers

As at April 2023


Kiwis checked their funds on Mindful Money’s website


diverted to ethical funds so far


invested by Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation

TMNZ celebrates 20 years of investing in innovation

TMNZ turns 20 in April, celebrating two decades of innovation as the world’s first ever tax pool. Ingenuity and creative thinking have always been part of our DNA. 

TMNZ started out as an idea. Our founder Ian Kuperus, who worked for Inland Revenue and in the banking industry, recognised way back in the 1980s that businesses and the tax department were struggling with managing provisional tax payments.   

The problem was felt on both sides. Businesses didn’t know how much tax they needed to pay and nearly always ended up with a Use of Money Interest exposure which most businesses viewed as a “Use of Money Penalty”. Inland Revenue, on the other hand, had the dilemma of charging one interest rate to all taxpayers, which meant that large businesses were paying up to 14% interest when their normal borrowing cost was 7%. The situation was messy. 

Ian came up with a clever solution — which would allow businesses to trade their over and underpayments and thereby reduce their interest costs. 

After unsuccessfully pitching the concept to Trevor de Cleene. Minister of Revenue at the time, the idea went quiet for several years. Then, in 2001, IR issued a discussion document – “More Time for Business” that included a number of ideas to improve the provisional tax system. One of its suggestions? A tax pool.  

A world first

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Following IR’s review, Ian explored numerous business concepts – involving joint ventures with accounting firms, banks and other financial organisations. Eventually, he went out on his own, and in 2003, TMNZ was born. 

Ian and Wendy Kuperus join TMNZ’s brand launch celebrations, 20 years after the business began

Ian says his time working for IR, The National Bank, The Dairy Board and Fonterra gave him a unique perspective on New Zealand’s tax problems, and says he was motivated to make life easier for Kiwi businesses. 

“I’m a passionate believer in the value of business creating employment and livelihood for individuals, their families, and communities,” he says. “I’ve always had a desire to improve things.” 

He’s proud to have played a role in New Zealand’s rich history of innovation as an integral figure in the evolution of our tax system. For this reason, Ian was recognised as EY Entrepreneur of The Year category winner in 2013, for business and social entrepreneurship. 

 “To be involved in something that has improved the functioning of the tax system has been very rewarding. It’s great to be part of that era of reform that started in the 80s.” 

 Ian has always had a strong sense of purpose and community. So, it was no surprise that his business would give back to Aotearoa.

Being the change

One of TMNZ’s values is ‘be the change’, and this has been reflected in our philanthropic endeavours over the years.

“Since the beginning, we’ve always had an element of giving back and contributing,” Ian explains. “That’s always been part of our mission, but a couple of years ago we decided to go a step further and commit all of our profits to a Foundation.”

In 2019, Ian and his wife, Wendy, established Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation to continue their legacy. TMNZ’s profits are now entirely dedicated to Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation’s charitable and philanthropic mission, and our goals and objectives are now closely aligned with the causes we care about.

The Foundation invests bravely. It tests ideas that have the potential to create system change and improve our environment and communities. This is ‘venture philanthropy’.

The Foundation backs smart new ideas and works alongside talented project leads, helping them develop so they can bring others on board. The Foundation aims to tackle climate change and support marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

“These are two areas where there are significant needs,” Ian says. “There’s a great opportunity to make a difference, particularly with climate change, where we are running against the clock.”

The Auckland Climate Festival grew out of early funding from the Foundation and is now preparing for its third year. Mindful Fashion New Zealand is uniting businesses from the industry to reduce waste and operate more regeneratively, thanks to seed funding from the Foundation.

Ian Kuperus celebrates alongside guests of Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation and TMNZ

Helping other Kiwi innovators

Innovation plays an important role in tackling today’s major challenges in New Zealand, whether that’s climate change, natural disasters, health and wellbeing or economic prosperity.

“We’re proud to be helping to provide a cashflow boost to Kiwi innovators, so they can continue their important work,” says Ian.

TMNZ is administering Research and Development Tax Incentive (RDTI) in-year payments on behalf of the Government, providing businesses with regular cash payments towards R&D costs.

Launched in March, this world-first payments system enables businesses to receive 15% credit on eligible research and development expenditure as regular payments, rather than having to wait until after the end of the tax year.

Early-stage startups and other pre-profit research and development businesses are set to benefit the most from this interest-free loan solution, which provides cashflow boosts throughout the year.

This new R&D tax approach has landed exactly 20 years after TMNZ launched its global-first tax payment solution.

An innovative future

Looking back over the past two decades, Ian has learnt some valuable lessons about bringing business ideas to life.

So, what makes a successful innovator?

“It’s a combination of things,” Ian explains. “Being in a position where you’re prepared to take some risks, and having a vision of a better world or better business environment. Also, being prepared to engage with others and to allow your thinking to evolve.”

TMNZ’s team celebrate their new brand story and values

We’d like to thank all of our clients, partners, and employees who have supported us since 2003. As we look forward to the next 20 years, we’ll continue our commitment to investing in innovation.

Ian remains focused on inspiring the next generation of tax industry innovators at TMNZ.

“Knowing that we can carry on a tradition of innovation gives me great satisfaction. My role now is to continue fostering the right culture and environment for our team to continue their game-changing work.”

Mindful Fashion - Impact Story

“In New Zealand, approximately 45,000 tonnes of apparel is sent to landfill every year, made up of a whole range of clothing from different sources. That’s a lot of textile waste and it’s a problem because we know it releases a disproportionate amount of carbon emissions as it breaks down. Mindful Fashion has over 80 members who all believe in a more sustainable future for the industry. But, we’ve got a bigger problem in that we don’t, at a country level, have a system to deal with textile waste. This is something we are talking to the Government about addressing at a national level. ” – Jacinta FitzGerald, Programme Director, Mindful Fashion, speaking on Radio New Zealand

Each garment holds its own story; from design through to fabric creation, dyeing, cutting, sewing, finishing and selling. It can journey around the world in this time, consuming energy and water as it goes. The same items are worn less, if at all, contributing to vast quantities of textile-based landfill.

The New Zealand fashion industry faces enormous challenges to dramatically decarbonise, regenerate natural systems and reduce waste from its activities, while at the same time continuing to inspire and clothe consumers. However, there has been no clear vision for a low carbon, circular and regenerative clothing and fashion system in New Zealand and no pathway to guide the industry in this transition.

An area of particular importance for this sector is the circular economy; designing out waste, pollution, greenhouse gases, and keeping safe and clean materials in circulation. It means using new techniques to disrupt and improve supply chains and business models, and investing in people and communities that can make this possible.

In response to the current state of play, Mindful Fashion designed the New Zealand Fashion Industry Climate Action Programme, which was kickstarted by funding from Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation. This led to further support from the Ministry for the Environment | Manatū Mō Te Taiao. It has been co-developed with carbon measurement and offset specialist Ekos and it is open to all of the fashion industry.

“As consumers we’re buying more clothes than ever and wearing them less than ever, and the industry is feeding these habits. So, the challenge is both to change buyer behaviour and disrupt the industry – because this can’t go on,” says Yii Petrus, Programme Director for Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation. “I have seen Jacinta take the lead in this space. She has quickly become a national spokesperson for sustainable fashion in Aotearoa due to the pace at which she has gathered support from the industry. She is collaborating with leaders who are seeking solutions and it is an inspiring movement to be part of,” says Yii.

“We know that globally the fashion industry is a huge contributor to carbon emissions. Our action-oriented programme will build capability and use collective action to drive reductions over time. This is a programme the entire fashion and textiles industry can get behind, and frankly it must if we are to meet global targets.” – Jacinta FitzGerald, Programme Director, Mindful Fashion

With support from Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation, Jacinta has worked with industry, national and international stakeholders to develop an NZ fashion industry programme and high-level roadmap, to drive climate action. She has campaigned across the sector to establish crucial partnerships and signatories and is seeking ways to incentivise participation from the wider industry.

The roadmap identifies a staged approach to climate-positive action that all players in the industry, from textile suppliers to machinists to retailers, can follow. The people, processes and channels are all touchpoints for sustainability and emissions reduction, and product stewardship is central to success. Through Mindful Fashion, members can gain knowledge and upskill in sustainability, and find ways to take action to lower their emissions throughout their supply chain with industry specific guidance and tools.

As the only industry body for the sector in Aotearoa, Mindful Fashion is uniquely positioned to drive the collaboration required to build a sustainable and thriving future for our fashion and textiles.

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As at December 2022


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Inspirational idea wins Tax Policy Scholarship Competition

A game-changing idea to fight climate change won this year’s Tax Policy Charitable Trust Scholarship.

Guest speaker Dr Deborah Russell and Tax Policy Charitable Trust Scholarship winner, Vivien Lei

Each year, the Tax Policy Charitable Trust (supported by TMNZ) awards a scholarship to celebrate the brightest young minds in the industry, and 2022’s submissions were as inspirational as ever.

Entrants were invited to submit ideas that could transform New Zealand’s tax landscape, looking at either environmental taxation, tax administration, or the powers granted to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue to collect information.

The competition, open to people aged 35 and under, generated progressive and innovative ideas from the industry’s young leaders. In the end, one entrant was selected as this year’s winner for her outstanding approach to New Zealand’s tax and environmental challenges.

And the winner is....

Vivien Lei, Group Tax Advisor at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, won this year’s scholarship for her submission to introduce Impact Weighted Taxation in New Zealand, an innovative idea that would see businesses pay taxes based on their environmental impact.

A panel of leading industry professionals judged Lei’s proposal as the winner among a strong field of candidates. Mitchell Fraser, Daniel Doughty, and Jordan Yates were also celebrated as finalists in the competition.

Lei was crowned the winner at the Tax Policy Charitable Trust’s finals evening on October 19, after each finalist presented their idea to an audience of industry professionals.

Trust Chair John Shewan said the judges were “delighted to see passion and energy behind the submissions and supporting presentations”.

Lei, who received a $10,000 cash prize, described the competition as “an amazing experience”.

“You don't often get many opportunities to think creatively about tax policy, so this was a nice space to do that,” Lei says. “Being able to develop my policy thinking and talk to some of the leading experts was really great — and winning was a huge surprise!”

This year was Lei’s second attempt to win the scholarship following an earlier submission in 2019. Her perseverance and positive attitude paid off.

“I entered when I was still very green in my career,” she says. “Since then, I’ve been mentored by amazing people who have helped with my development, particularly Rachael Bull, Head of Tax at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, and Joseph Chueh who fostered my interest in tax policy. I was grateful to have their support this time around.”

Tax to fight the climate threat

Lei’s background in the social impact sector and personal concerns about the environment informed her submission idea.

“These are the most difficult problems of our time,” she says. “I’m hoping my idea will bring the conversation to the fore and spark other young minds in our industry to think about how tax might influence positive environmental outcomes.”

The Tax Policy Scholarship Competition is proudly supported by TMNZ, which invests 100% of its profits back into the environment and community, through strategic philanthropic partner, Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation. Lei believes that tax professionals can help to build a better future for Aotearoa.

“It’s scary to think about the trajectory we are on with our natural capital, so it’s important for our industry to think of ways to help,” she adds.

Vivien Lei, presenting her proposal to introduce Impact Weighted Taxation in New Zealand

Inspiring future tax leaders

Tax Policy Scholarship Competition Judges commented that this year’s entrants will inspire future generations as well as today’s professionals.

“This competition is all about supporting and inspiring future tax policy leaders. The results from this year and from earlier years’ competitions reflect the presence of emerging talent that will ensure the continuation of leading tax policy research and thinking in New Zealand,” said the judges.

Find out more about the Tax Policy Scholarship Competition here.

Upside Youth Mentoring - Impact Story

“Mentoring is a circuit breaker that can be life changing for young people. Introducing a consistent and positive role model into the lives of struggling 9 to 13-year-olds gives them the hope, confidence and ambition to choose a different path.” – Jenny Horst, Chief Executive, Upside

Upside works with schools to identify young people who are showing signs of hardship or where a difficult homelife is manifesting in troubled behaviour in the classroom. This early window of intervention can make a difference to the rest of their lives.

The charity came about in 2006 through the combined efforts of co-founders John Newman, Bill Grayson and Dave Robertson. The trio carry a sustained belief that showing up for young people, through mentorship, at the early signs of trouble can give them a chance in their life that, so far, may not have had much chance at all.

Since then, over a thousand young people have been personally supported through the programme, which sees them meeting with an assigned volunteer mentor once a week for a year. It has a 90% success rate (those matches who reach 12 months in their journey together), often leading to a long-term bond.

Until 2021, income was predominantly from grants, with some individual donors, making funding uncertain and planning for the future a challenge. The organisation was growing, so achieving more reliable and diversified income was important. Broadening funding sources was a key strategic goal identified by the organisation to ensure sustainable service delivery and growth. Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation supported Upside to achieve their strategy, resulting in the recruitment of a Fundraising Manager to generate a more sustainable income stream. Rachel Clarke was hired and her skills in fundraising and marketing have changed Upside’s future.

Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation is a catalytic funder and seeks to support organisations to generate greater impact and more robust operational models. “Upside was keen to develop its income mix to provide a diverse and reliable position for planning. However, getting the funds to build this capacity is always a challenge. Fundraising for activity that is not part of a charities’ core work is hard, but we view this as strategic and a way to support the team on their journey to delivering outstanding results for disadvantaged young people.” says Carl Vink, Chief Executive of the Foundation. “We were able to provide upfront support for their initiative with progress payments during the project to support the milestones being achieved.”

The Upside team had the confidence to push ahead and recruit a fundraising role and develop their approach and strategy. The investment has paid off and they now have a broader and deeper income mix with enhanced relationships and ultimately more sustainable income streams.

For every dollar invested in Upside, $4.70 of social returns are achieved. This is according to ImpactLab, who have quantified the harm that has been avoided and the good created from Upside’s youth mentoring programme.

“Upside is also catalytic in its nature; early intervention in the lives of young people brings hope and opportunity into an otherwise darkening future. We saw a chance to uplift their work through venture philanthropy; to de-risk an investment in skills that could grow their work. It is exactly where we are positioned as a funding partner,” says Carl.

Research shows 84% of young people that Upside is working with have experienced some form of neglect, nearly all are in living in poverty, almost half have experienced violence and 33% were at risk of suicide. Understanding the situation for young people, as well as how Upside is making a difference is another important part of Rachel’s job. “By undertaking research, we can communicate what is happening in the lives of young people and how the tools and experiences we offer can support them in building a brighter future. It helps funders understand that, through investing in us, we can make a real difference together,” says Rachel.

Upside have gone on to share their programme with others, such as Springboard Community Works, who use the Upside Youth Mentoring model in their own work, bringing even more positive options into young lives.

For every dollar invested in Upside, $4.70 of social returns are achieved. This is according to ImpactLab, who have quantified the harm that has been avoided and the good created from Upside’s youth mentoring programme.

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As at January 2023


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young people reached


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TMNZ: 100% invested in a better Aotearoa

We’re proud to invest 100% of our profits in Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation to help the environment and community. We have a shared goal to help build a better Aotearoa and make a difference to our people and planet. Discover how working with TMNZ enables us to achieve our goals.

Nearly 20 years after we broke the mould as the world’s first tax pool, we’re reimagining what it means to be a purpose-driven business by investing our profits back into the people and environment of Aotearoa through the Foundation.

In 2003, TMNZ was born, from a desire to help improve the tax environment for New Zealanders. Our founder Ian Kuperus created the first ever tax pooling intermediary in April that year, becoming the first mover in an innovative, uncharted industry.

Our company has evolved significantly since then.

Now operating a pool of up to $10 billion, we have supported more than 100,000 taxpayers. Over the decades, we have helped countless businesses and sole traders better manage their Inland Revenue tax payments, making the provisional tax system easier for New Zealanders to navigate.

Aside from driving tax innovation, philanthropy has always been a significant part of our story. Here’s how it has informed our past, and how it will influence our future.

Our history of giving

In the early days of TMNZ, our founders Ian and Wendy Kuperus had a strong philanthropic vision; to support organisations reaching communities across Aotearoa, making a difference in the lives of New Zealanders. For many years they donated significantly through their private charitable foundation, sharing the stories of impact with people along their journey.

Ian and Wendy stepped back from the day-to-day running of our business in 2011, but over the past 11 years, their ambition to make Aotearoa a better place has strengthened. With the growing pressures on our environment and social challenges in our communities, their goal of making an impact has grown.

As more people and businesses join our tax pool each year and our business continues to grow, we have increased our efforts to ensure we make a difference with our profits and benefit New Zealanders for generations to come.

In 2020, Ian and Wendy decided they would commit the profit of the business to Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation to support philanthropy and charitable initiatives. They wanted to enable TMNZ to help drive change in New Zealand and create something that would leave a lasting legacy, addressing some of the key issues facing our country.  

TMNZ CEO, Chris Cunniffe, sharing more about the history of TMNZ

How Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation works

Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation was established in 2020 to continue the great work of our founders. All of TMNZ’s profits are directed towards Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation to support philanthropic and impactful initiatives, and our goals and objectives as a business and Foundation are more closely aligned than ever. Everything we do as a company is designed to give back to New Zealand.

The Foundation and TMNZ have a vision for a restored and thriving Aotearoa. Our business generates profits and resources that go towards these strategic philanthropic endeavors. Our people are all engaged in this purpose every day.

Everyone who works at TMNZ is connected to our purpose and the work of our Foundation. Our people know that alongside their day job of making tax more flexible for Kiwis, we have an underlying objective to make a difference to our nation’s future.

Climate change is a significant focus area for the Foundation. We are seeing rapid changes to our environment that pose a threat to our future, our people and our ecosystems. The Foundation also strives to help marginalised and disadvantaged communities, which are more significantly impacted by our nation’s challenges, including the threat of climate change.

Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation invests in projects that are designed to create lasting impact for our environment and communities. The Foundation seeks to ignite ideas that may not otherwise have been realised and its support is both financial and strategic. People working for the Foundation offer guidance and connect projects to external skills through the Foundation and TMNZ’s broad network.

Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of TMNZ’s founders. As the first tax intermediary in the world, TMNZ took risks to get where it is today, going to places where none had gone before. The Foundation promises to do the same, and help to accelerate change as quickly as possible to tackle complex issues.

How does the Foundation do things differently? By making catalytic investments to help set up projects and platforms such as Live Ocean Foundation. Having seen first-hand through their sailing careers how interconnected the world is through the ocean, and realising the critical need to look after it, yachtsmen Peter Burling and Blair Tuke founded Live Ocean Foundation.

It partners with exceptional New Zealand scientists, innovators and communicators to scale up action for a healthy ocean. New Zealand has the world’s fourth largest ocean area, yet only 0.4% is protected. Oceans are one of our greatest allies in the fight against climate change and we must do more to look after them. Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation has been supporting Live Ocean from its early days to achieve its goals.

Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation CEO, Carl Vink, sharing more about the work of the Foundation

Purpose for our people

We’re proud to be a purpose-led business, investing in our people, clients, communities, and the environment. Our purpose is underpinned by our core values; be socially conscious, be the change, collaborate and connect, and make it easy. 

Increasingly, people are looking for purpose in their work, and we are proud to offer each of our employees the chance to donate $1,000 to a registered charity of their choice every year. It’s a small gesture that makes a big difference — our people can personally direct funding to a charity that has affected their lives, or the lives of loved ones.

We give autonomy to our people, enabling them to engage in philanthropy from a personal level and contribute to causes that are meaningful to them, as well as supporting Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation through their everyday work at TMNZ. The initiative has helped us to learn more about our people and what is important to them as we continue to embed philanthropy into our company.

Becoming more sustainable

In line with our goal to build a restored and thriving Aotearoa New Zealand, at TMNZ and Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation we have turned the spotlight on ourselves over the past year to deliver a holistic approach to sustainability.

Earlier this year, we moved our headquarters in Auckland to a state-of-the-art sustainable office on 23 Customs Street, putting the environment and our people at the heart of the design.

During the year leading up to the move, we developed our sustainable new headquarters with consideration for climate change, environmental impact and waste mitigation, as well as providing a welcoming space for our people, and clients, and partners of TMNZ and the Foundation.

Engagement sessions with our employees ensured that everyone was involved in the moving process. Every aspect of the design, from flooring to furniture, was chosen with sustainability in mind, with recycled and reused materials incorporated throughout,

The vision was made a reality on moving day in March as we moved into our new home. TMNZ and Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation have a continued commitment to reducing our environmental footprint, cutting down on waste, and finding new ways to improve on sustainability.

TMNZ's sustainable office, at 23 Customs Street East, Auckland

Relentless innovation

True to our values back in 2003, TMNZ remains relentlessly focused on tax innovation and making life easier for our clients. Technology will continue to drive innovation and enhance our services in the years to come.

Our business is in transformation mode, and we will continue to explore new ways to meet our clients’ growing demands.

Already this year, we have introduced Inland Revenue integration for our clients, with the help of Reckon/APS, and sustainable e-signature provider Good Sign. Further innovation is on the way.

We have been selected by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as delivery partner, for the R&D Tax Incentive In-Year Payments Scheme. New Zealand businesses performing eligible R&D will soon be able to access R&D Tax Incentive credits much earlier, with the introduction of in-year payments in 2023. We are excited to be part of a solution that will help R&D companies doing great work to grow our economy.

100% invested in a better Aotearoa

By delivering a great service to our clients, making a profit, and donating to Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation, we can help to tackle environmental and social challenges, putting our country in a stronger position to face the future with confidence.

Our goal to deliver the best tax solutions for Kiwis won’t change. But the impact we can make will. Whether it’s delivering flexible tax services to our clients, or working with charitable partners to drive change across Aotearoa, both TMNZ and the Foundation are committed to making a positive impact.

By investing our profit back into the Foundation to support its initiatives for the environment and community, our clients, our business, and our Foundation are all in it together.

Carl Vink, Chief Executive of Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation, says: “It is an exciting journey, that we all are on across TMNZ, the Foundation and our project partners. We are united by taking on the biggest challenges facing our nation. There is no better motivation."

“This is such a unique opportunity to make a difference and infuse the goals of the Foundation into TMNZ,” adds Chris Cunniffe, Chief Executive of TMNZ. “Our business is fully invested in our country.”


Live Ocean - Impact Story

The ocean is a life support system for our planet – it provides 50% of our oxygen, has absorbed 90% of the extra heat we have produced, and can host thriving ecosystems of marine life. But climate change is affecting what’s above and below the waterline. Our oceans are changing, they’re heating up, becoming more acidic, and are at a tipping point.

Aotearoa is an ocean giant. We have the fourth largest ocean space in the world, but we only protect 0.4% of it. As guardians, it’s our role to look after, protect and restore it so that life can flourish.

Having seen first-hand through their sailing careers the interconnectedness of the world through the ocean, and realising the critical need to look after it, in 2019 sporting legends Peter Burling and Blair Tuke founded Live Ocean Foundation. It partners with exceptional New Zealand scientists, innovators and communicators to scale up action for a healthy ocean.

An example of research taking place is the documenting of kelp forest loss in Tīkapa Moana, the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Beneath the surface the ecosystem is in crisis. A key tohu or indicator is the kina barrens that have become prevalent where kelp used to thrive. Live Ocean Foundation is supporting research into the significance of kelp forests and their regeneration. This research is led by Dr Nick Shears and Dr Caitlin Blain from the University of Auckland. The research is looking at how we can protect and restore coastal areas to encourage kelp forests to bloom and those ecosystems to recover. It’s also investigating how kelp forests contribute to carbon cycles, providing an exciting potential opportunity to quantify blue carbon.

“There is no option other than to act, together and with urgency to secure the ongoing health and productivity of the ocean.” – Sally Paterson, Chief Executive, Live Ocean Foundation (Speaking at the United Nations Ocean Conference, Lisbon 2022)

In 2022, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke presented a commitment of over 120 leading sportspeople and ocean communities to the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Thomson, at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon. This is part of Live Ocean’s work to create a platform that amplifies the voices of sportspeople – calling for better global marine protection on the world’s stage. Here, Chief Executive Sally Paterson spoke to the conference on behalf of Live Ocean Foundation, presenting its work.

Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation’s journey with Live Ocean Foundation started two years ahead of Lisbon. With the combined talents of Peter Burling, Blair Tuke and Sally Paterson on board it was clear that their strong leadership, diverse connections, experience and a shared global vision for the ocean could create much-needed kinetic action. Action that is required across government, business and communities. As an initial partner, Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation was able to provide catalytic funding to help establish Live Ocean and provide core infrastructure to set up and run the organisation.

As Founder of Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation and a keen recreational sailor, Ian Kuperus relates to Live Ocean’s mission. “The sea connects us all, we rely heavily on its prosperity and we are bound together to protect it. As a nation of voyagers and travellers who have made our home on a group of islands way out in the Pacific, our identity extends to the water as much as the land. We are all invested in its restoration, and I am inspired by the team’s urgent and considered progress at Live Ocean.”

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Burling and Tuke on building a better Aotearoa

America’s Cup winners and Olympic gold medalists, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke share their knowledge on how to make an environmental and social impact.


From left: Blair Tuke, Laura McGoldrick, Chris Cunniffe - TMNZ CEO, Ian Kuperus - TMNZ Founder and Peter Burling

TMNZ and the Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation share the vision of a restored and thriving New Zealand, and we are proud to partner with like-minded organisations as we strive to build a better future for Aotearoa and its people.

In June, we welcomed Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, founders of Live Ocean and co-CEOs of the New Zealand SailGP Team. At Pilkingtons in Auckland CBD, the duo spoke to TMNZ clients about building their ocean conservation organisation, Live Ocean Foundation, and their goals to make a meaningful impact on ocean health in New Zealand.

The yachtsmen set up the charitable entity Live Ocean Foundation just before the Tokyo Olympics and recently launched Live Ocean Racing, which is a sailing team with a current focus on female development in high performance foiling boats. The Foundation partners to scale up local marine science, innovation and outreach with global implications.

At TMNZ, our clients are a key part of what enables us to direct 100% of our profits to Whakatupu Foundation Aotearoa for initiatives that enable Aotearoa to thrive. One of the organisations we fund is Live Ocean Foundation, and our recent event allowed us to demonstrate the great work undertaken by the organisation.

Peter and Blair have an inspirational story to tell. Both spoke passionately about their reasons for setting up their purpose-driven venture, using their careers to make an environmental impact, and their pride in winning the first-ever SailGP Impact League trophy.


Ocean challenges and opportunities

The duo spoke about their love of the ocean from an early age, how that has shaped their careers, and the formation of the Live Ocean Foundation.

Blair, from Kerikeri in Northland, says he was “lucky” to have grown up in New Zealand, living close to the ocean, and spending most of his life out on the water.

A key moment for both arrived in 2017-2018 after Blair and Peter took part in the round the world Ocean Race. The vastness and beauty of the ocean prompted the pair to apply their skills and use their platforms for a healthy ocean ..

“We saw some really unique places around the world,” says Blair. “We saw the power of the ocean, and realised what we could do with our profile and position.”

Peter, from Tauranga, says it is vital for the planet to have a healthy marine environment, as 94% of New Zealand’s country-wide area is covered by ocean.

“As a nation, we have a big contribution to make on the world stage. But we are a long way behind in terms of the way we look after the ocean and our conservation policies. We have a big opportunity to make some incredible steps forward.”


Live Ocean’s purpose

The pair’s Live Ocean Racing team competes in international events and raises awareness about ocean conservation.

Blair says the team has “purpose in its DNA”.

“We wanted to use our sporting platform right from the foundation’s inception. It’s a team that races on, and for, the ocean.”

Live Ocean Foundation is an official charity partner of the New Zealand SailGP Team that competes in the elite international sailing competition SailGP, further raising its profile.

“It’s amazing to have our purpose baked into the sport,” says Peter. “You get to reach so many people you wouldn’t otherwise with important environmental messages.”

Peter and Blair attended the UN Ocean Conference in late June as part of their efforts to raise ocean awareness, meeting with the UN’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thompson.

The pair said they were surprised at how quickly the international community had supported them.

“It’s amazing to see people getting behind us. But New Zealand has got lots of areas where we need to step up to meet international standards but we need to also do that in a way that’s unique to our country,” Peter adds.


World impact

While SailGP is the first climate-positive sport and entertainment property, it has ambitious targets to further reduce its carbon emissions - going beyond the UN Sport for Climate Action goal to make 50% absolute cuts by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2040.  

Peter says the competition is taking “strong measures to try and mitigate its footprint”. 

In a world-first for a sporting competition, SailGP is rewarding teams for their environmental performance. The competition’s Impact League ranks each team against environmental and social criteria, ranging from clean energy usage to food waste.  

The New Zealand SailGP Team  won the first edition of the Impact League, taking home US$100,000 for the Live Ocean Foundation. 

Blair calls the trophy “a seriously proud moment for the team”.  

“I’m proud of our team for using our voice, and seeing the enthusiasm to be better. All of the teams in SailGP are improving, and that’s ultimately what we’re all after, for everyone to lower their footprint.” 


Personal responsibility and the role of business

When asked how New Zealand businesses should consider a purpose-led journey, Peter urges companies to think big.

“Be ambitious,” he urges. “Try and be passionate about what you’re doing. We’ve been lucky to find something we are passionate about, but there are so many worthy issues out there.”

Blair offers advice to any company considering putting environmental or social impact at their core.

“Find an issue you identify with. That means you’ll be able to integrate it within your business or life more easily. We’re fortunate with Live Ocean because it’s linked to everything we do every day.”

To find out more about Live Ocean, visit

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