Barbara Johnstone (Contact Me)

Born in Hamilton but moved to Gisborne at age two. Educated in Gisborne (Te Wharau School, Ilminster Intermediate and Lytton High School) followed by a BMS at Waikato University. Barbara commenced employment with KPMG Peat Marwick in Tauranga in 1986 gaining experience in auditing. This time included a two-month secondment to Melbourne, Australia and a three-month secondment to Philadelphia, USA. Travelled to the UK for overseas experience, gaining more audit experience but travelled quite a bit.

On her return to NZ, Barbara worked as a School Auditor for one year before moving to the commercial world for five years; two years as an Internal Auditor with New Zealand Insurance and three years as a Financial Accountant with Lowe Walker NZ Ltd.

Barbara joined Graham & Dobson on returning to Gisborne in October 1997 - initially employed as an Auditor/Accountant. She started specialising in company work in 2001.   Barbara became a principal on 1 April 2004.  She has a mix of audit and commercial accounting clients.

Barbara has also been treasurer of some local sports clubs.   Her interests include travel, animals, cross stitch and other handcrafts.

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Client in the Spotlight

Self Storage Gisborne Ltd

When Peter and Sylvia Jex-Blake purchased 107 Disraeli Street in 2007, the Sunshine Brewery was the only tenant.  The balance of the site consisted of the original Gisborne Sheepfarmers warehouse, and the original Sheepfarmers manager's residence.  In search of a use for the warehouse, Peter came across the Self Storage industry.  Contact was made with a consultant, who put together a plan to convert the site into a self storage facility.  Hence, the beginning of Self Storage Gisborne...


Meet our Team

Ian Chatfield

What is your current role at Graham & Dobson?

Where are you from originally?
Born and raised in Gisborne.  Lived in Auckland, London and Gisborne


What our clients say...

  • Parihohonu Station has been involved with Graham and Dobson since the early 1900s. They have proved to be of great value, producing a high standard of quality work, are trustworthy, astute, and approachable any time at all. The staff are very friendly and will bend over backwards for us. We always recommend this long established firm unequivocally.

    Avianne and Nigel Faram

  • We are grateful for the enormous amount of support the staff of Graham & Dobson provide. They have demonstrated a high level of understanding, knowledge and financial direction and deliver a consistent service in structured, efficient timeframes. This is a company with high integrity and strong values focusing on providing the utmost levels of customer satisfaction.

    Gisborne Stroke Support Group Inc.

  • Graham & Dobson helped me start my own business in 2007. Without their help and support the process would have been a lot harder. They offer excellent on-going support and advice.

    Karl Platten - Lawns Plus Ltd (GreenAcres)