Community Involvement

Gisborne East Coast Financial Assistance Fund

The Chartered Accountants Program (CA Program) has been designed to turn you into a difference maker. This dynamic education program will help to equip you with the unique perspective, insight and diverse business, finance and leadership skills required to approach complex business challenges in a uniquely effective and ethical way.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ), with the support of regional business, have created the Gisborne Region Financial Assistance Fund for Accounting students. The scholarship gives you the opportunity to be granted up to $4,500 towards the cost of your studies.  

Graham & Dobson are proud sponsors of this Fund.   Follow this link to find out more



Lawson Field Theatre Upgrade

Named after its key funder, the late Lawson Field contributed proceeds from the sale of his aerial top-dressing business in 1979 toward his vision of a theatre that would form a cultural heart for Gisborne.

A client of Graham & Dobson in the yesteryears, and with family links to Graham & Dobson still, we are proud to have contributed toward this project.

Federated Farmers Gisborne/Wairoa Hill Country Farmer of the Year

Graham & Dobson is a longstanding sponsor of this biennial event, donating both accountancy services and a cash prize to the total value of $4,000 to the winner. 

The aim of this competition is to promote efficient farming by identifying those farmers or managers of outstanding farming and personal ability who, by example, will encourage others to likewise excel.  Judging spans seven main criteria and is open to all hill country farmers in the Gisborne-Wairoa district. 



War Memorial Theatre Redevelopment

Graham & Dobson is proud to have made a Platinum donation of $15,000 to the War Memorial Theatre Gisborne Trust to support this worthy project for the district.

Originally built in 1957 by the RSA, the War Memorial Theatre Hall as it was known played host to countless dances, concerts, balls and even a wedding or two. At this time Gisborne was a show town boasting no less than 3 picture houses as well as a theatre in the form of the Opera House. However, in the mid-1960s as television took over it was inevitable that tastes would change - and they did. By 1968 Gisborne had lost its Opera House to the wrecking ball. Dances were on the decline and as audiences dwindled, the future of the War Memorial Hall was uncertain. Luckily in 1973 a reprieve came. The community realised that it needed a theatre.  A committee was formed and fundraising began to convert the War Memorial Hall into a theatre.  By 1975 the work was completed and the War Memorial theatre was born.  Forty years later in 2013 the theatre underwent a major redevelopment resulting in what you see today, officially reopened in April 2015.


ECT Rescue Helicopter Trust Hangar Project

Graham & Dobson proudly donated $5,000 towards the construction of a much needed hangar to house the chopper that provides a vital community service.

The $700,000 project was completed and officially opened in June 2014. The building provides a large hangar bay for the rescue helicopter, along with an office, accommodation space, kitchen and toilet facilities and a lecture room, replacing the sub-standard helicopter base nearby that the Trust had previously been operating from. The ECT Rescue Helicopter currently flies about 80 missions a year and covers the area between Mahia and Waikaremoana, to the East Cape and around to Te Kaha. The range of services provided includes primary response for accidents and critically ill patients, search and rescue (including off-shore missions), and inter-hospital transfer throughout New Zealand. The ECT Rescue Helicopter also supports police operations, the fire service and civil defence.

Find more information on how you too can support the Trust, and read about Graham & Dobson client, Kim Mossman's harrowing night time rescue!


Lions Junior Cycle Park

Graham & Dobson is proud to have made a donation of $1,100 to the construction of the Cycle Park.

We agree with the Lions that this is a valuable community asset and it is great to see our region's children having fun in the outdoors whilst learning to be safe and confident users of our roads and cycleways.


Whinray Eco Trust Sponsorship

Graham & Dobson has taken up annual sponsorship of a hectare in the Whinray Reserve at Motu in order to assist the Trust with the restoration and protection of wildlife, namely the kiwi, in this area near the Motu Falls.

Their "Sponsor A Hectare" project is a unique way for you, your family or your business to become involved in restoring and protecting wildlife in this beautiful Reserve. Sponsorship options range from $100 - $250 per year, and your donation may be tax deductible. 

Click here;for more information.

Poverty Bay A&P Show

Graham & Dobson sponsors the children's
pet lamb, goat and calf competition!   

Visit A & P Show Website



Accountancy services and support are also provided to the following organisations:

  • Gisborne East Coast Multiple Sclerosis Society Inc.
  • Gisborne Stroke Support Group
  • The Sunrise Foundation
  • Waerenga-a-Hika Squash Club Inc.
  • Matawai Squash Club Inc.
  • Gisborne Yacht Club Inc.
  • Gisborne Farmers Market Inc.

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)