It was love that first brought Lou Davies to the Wairarapa – she moved there to live with her husband ten years ago. She happily traded city living for countryside, community and a dairy farm that’s been in her husband’s family for six generations. She couldn’t be happier – and says she’s fallen in love with the area, too.
“We’re really living the dream. The schools are great, the weather is amazing – I couldn’t think of a better lifestyle,” she says. “I still drive home from work and think, ‘Wow, I am lucky to live in such a great part of New Zealand.’”
Giving back with +MORE
It’s part of why Lou is excited to take on her new role as Associate Director of +MORE, an advisory and accountancy firm whose core purpose is to create successful business owners.
+MORE is built around giving back to the communities it serves. After the COVID-19 lockdowns, Lou says she realised where her priorities lay.
“I wanted the opportunity to give back as part of my day-to-day work and +MORE is set up to allow me to do that. We have already committed to backing local community events and sports teams. My values are aligned with the firm’s values – that’s really important for me,” says Lou.
Local office, local focus
While Lou has been working in the area since she moved, she sees her role at +MORE as a new and exciting change. She and the team will have the freedom to deliver the service and attention Wairarapa businesses deserve. Most importantly, everything will be run locally – not from a distant city office.
“+MORE has a real passion for the Wairarapa – we want the area to succeed and we really care about the people,” she explains. “That’s important because, while it seems like accountants only deal with numbers, it’s actually really personal. We are partners in their businesses.”
Expertise in agribusiness
Lou completed her studies in Wellington, then worked at an international firm. In Wairarapa she spent some time in-house at a local vineyard before joining a local practice. She says she’ll be drawing on those years of experience to bring exceptional business advisory and accounting services to help local businesses achieve their goals.
Lou is a specialist in agribusiness. With years of experience running her dairy farm and working with local agribusinesses, her insight and knowledge in the industry is invaluable.
“Wairarapa businesses in the Agri industry need someone who knows the ropes and understands all the elements. That’s where I am able to add real value,” says Lou.
“I love helping client’s problem-solve – I love working with people and being on the journey with them. Seeing them achieve their goals and looking at how far they have come is what I enjoy the most.”
When Lou isn’t at her new office, you’ll find her chasing after her three kids Brooke (8), Olivia (5) and Madison (4), hitting the gym or spending time on the farm with husband Wilba.