Balancing Work, Life and Play - Only Marlborough

With its mild climes, easily accessible mountains and sea and diverse business environment, Marlborough strikes the perfect balance for the active family man who balances books for a living.

With its mild climes, easily accessible mountains and sea and diverse business environment, Marlborough strikes the perfect balance for the active family man who balances books for a living.

vaughanoMVaughan Harris, who is a director of Marlborough’s largest accounting and business advisory firm, WK Chartered Accountants, grew up in Havelock and returned to the province in 2006.

The former Marlborough Boys’ College student, studied at University of Canterbury and earned his stripes working at accounting firms throughout New Zealand and in London.

The self-professed sports nut says moving back to Marlborough was inevitable.

“Marlborough has lots to offer in terms of the outdoors - the mountains and the sea which is just perfect for diving, fishing and boating are so easily accessible.”

His travels abroad have given him a new appreciation for Marlborough, he says.

“It is truly a great place to bring up kids and it goes without saying the wine, beer and food are second to none.”

Vaughan and Jodi at home with their children Josh 6 and Mia 4.

Vaughan and his wife Jodi, an associate at a local law firm, have two children - Josh aged six and Mia aged four.
When he’s not working, you might catch Vaughan coaching his son’s rugby team or doing his duties as treasurer and semi-retired player with the Wairau Cricket Club.

Not surprisingly, Vaughan’s a huge advocate for keeping kids active, and the main reason why he’s on board as a trustee of the Mick Jellyman Trust, which supports Marlborough’s youth primarily through sporting initiatives.
In the weekends Vaughan likes to hit the local golf courses or head out fishing in the Marlborough Sounds.

Life in a small town does not compromise his ability to do business in an increasingly connected world, he says.

“We have many clients outside the region but thanks to developments in technology, particularly in the cloud accounting space, we’re able to provide the same level of service we provide to our local clients.”
“Some of our clients have built successful businesses in Marlborough and relocated to pursue growth or other opportunities and we continue to work with those clients, which is hugely satisfying. Many clients that are based outside the region value the specialist skills we can offer, such as expertise in the viticulture industry.”

In fact, working with local businesses that are hitting well above their weight on a global scale is one of the best things about his job, he says.
“Just because we live in a small town, doesn’t mean we can’t be leaders on a global scale.”