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Established in 2011, Kowhai Business Services is a Marlborough-based bookkeeping company that provides efficient, flexible and reliable bookkeeping, payroll, administration and training services to small and medium sized businesses throughout New Zealand.

Melissa Bayne

melissaManaging Director

With a natural aptitude for numbers and an interest in business administration, Melissa has been training and working in bookkeeping since she left secondary school.

In 2012 Melissa completed a Bachelor of Business Studies with a major in Enterprise Development through Massey University.

After graduating, Melissa worked for an accounting firm and in various administrative and accounting roles, before establishing Kowhai Business Services in 2011.

With more than 17 years experience, Melissa has worked in a wide range of industries including stainless steel fabrication, hospitality, accommodation, construction, earthworks and agriculture.

With natural curiosity and an eye for detail, Melissa understands the importance of how small details have a big impact on the success of a business.

She enjoys working with numbers and untangling tricky business challenges, creating simple and practical solutions to help her clients achieve their business and personal goals.

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys baking, spending time with her family and friends and keeping fit through regular exercise.


Bachelor of Business Studies with a major in Enterprise Development

Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

NEBOSH International General Certificate

Certified Green Badge Member of the Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers

NZPPA Certification Level of Certified Payroll Practitioner

thelmaThelma Eason

Client Manager

Thelma joined Kowhai Business Services in May 2018, after 13 years in a management role with a Marlborough business.

With great communication skills and human resource experience honed from over a decade in management, Thelma is responsible for speedy data entry and accurately fulfilling administration tasks for our clients.

While her experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, she has never stopped learning and recently completed a Certificate of Bookkeeping through The Career Academy.

When she’s not working, Thelma enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking, reading and spending time in the garden.