New Plymouth woman Kylie Filbee-Cronin has been recognised for her community work with the Craig Norgate Taranaki Memorial Scholarship.
Filbee-Cronin is a manager at Staples Rodway Taranaki and is studying to become a chartered accountant. She is also a treasurer for The Network, a not-for-profit organisation that supports women in business in Taranaki.
She said she was “a bit shocked” to get the award.
“It kind of hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m still working out how I feel.”
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She said she had been interested in accounting from a young age.
“My dad’s an accountant as well so it’s always been something I wanted to do.”
She also runs a Christmas tree farm.
“It’s something fun to do outside of such a serious career.”
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Central North Island Regional Manager Neal McDiarmid said the quality of the scholarship applicants was outstanding.
Filbee-Cronin’s leadership ability and get up and go stood out in her application, he said.
“She also had strong commitments to her community.”
The two scholarships – one for those living, studying or working in Taranaki, and one national – were set up earlier this year in memory of Craig Norgate. The applicants need to be enrolled or planning to enrol in the Chartered Accountants Program.
Norgate led the New Zealand Chartered Accountants’ organisation during the amalgamation with Australia, which was a key point in its history. He played an important role in the formation of Fonterra and was the dairy co-operative’s first chief executive. He was also a Chartered Accountant Fellow.
The Craig Norgate New Zealand Memorial scholarship went to Isaac Hughes, who works for Coates Associates Chartered Accountants in Gisborne.