Our History

Andrew Graham commenced practice in 1898.  He was joined in 1906 by his son-in-law Ralph Dobson who was admitted to the NZ Society of Accountants in 1908.

Ralph Dobson's son Malcolm and grandson Paul both pursued careers in chartered accountancy with the firm.  Malcolm retired from the practice in 1982, and Paul in 1990.

In 2006 the firm celebrated 100 years of practising as Graham & Dobson (92 as a partnership and 8 as a company).

There are over 30 employees of the firm today.


Andrew Graham
Ralph Dobson
Ralph Dobson

In the 100 or so years the firm has practised as Graham & Dobson, there have been 16 principals.

They are:

Past Current
Andrew Graham Richard Stannard
Ralph Dobson Debbie Barwick
Malcolm Dobson June Hall
Peter Willock Barbara Johnstone
David Stannard Callum Thompson
Paul Dobson
Robert Ogilvie
Richard Coates
Grahame Rosie
Jared Ingoe
David Quinn  

The firm offers a comprehensive range of services with a strong base of farming clients.  It is a well recognised substantial accountancy practice in the Gisborne/East Coast District.

Whilst retaining long standing family clients that date back to when the partnership commenced, the firm has developed and expanded into the modern highly computerised company, under which it practises today.

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)