Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research

Find out how the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research works collaboratively with industry professionals to enhance research in these fields.

The Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CAGTR) was established within the School of Accounting and Commercial Law in May 2001 to advance and apply knowledge germane to the accounting and legal professions, commerce and industry and the public sector through the development, conduct and dissemination of both fundamental and applied research in the areas of accounting, governance and taxation.

The research process of the Centre is designed to ensure that its work is relevant, practical and contributes to development in the Asia-Pacific region.

We bring researchers together with members of the accounting and legal professions, and representatives of commerce, industry and the public sector in ongoing discussion and exploration of issues, ideas and analysis of relevant work.

To date this has been achieved through four principal avenues – Business Links seminars, Working Papers, the Don Trow Visiting Fellowship, and conferences.

About CAGTR activities

The Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CAGTR) runs a Business Links Seminar Series for the business and public sector communities where leading academics and professionals present on current issues.

CAGTR has a Working Paper series which publishes research conducted by School staff and others on topics that are relevant to the work of the Centre and of interest to the constituency.

These papers are available free for download from the Working Papers website, and we have also initiated an Occasional Papers webpage where research from different projects undertaken by the Centre is published.

The Don Trow Visiting Fellowship provides for a prominent academic each year to visit the School and to present to the Centre’s constituency. Visiting Fellows have included top academics such as Professor David Emanuel (Auckland University), Professor Peter Easton (Notre Dame University, Indiana, US), Professor Stephen Zeff (Rice University, Texas, US) and Professor Katherine Schipper (Duke University, North Carolina, US), Professor Paul Griffin, from the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis, US and who is also an alumnus of Victoria University of Wellington, and  Professor John Wanna, the Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration at ANU University.

The Visiting Fellow for 2020 is Professor Wayne Landsman who is the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US.

The Visiting Fellow in 2021 will be Professor Stephen Penman who is the George O. May Professor of Financial Accounting and Co-Director of the Centre for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.

About our Conferences

In 2006, CAGTR staged a major international conference on GST and in November 2008 a conference on Corporate and Public Governance. In February 2009 we held (with ISCR) a conference on Tax Policy, which then led to the Centre, in partnership with Treasury and Inland Revenue, facilitating the work of the Tax Working Group to address key medium-term tax policy challenges facing New Zealand.

Following a public conference held in December that year, the Group’s report was subsequently issued in January 2010 and it had a major impact on the shape of the Government’s tax measures announced in the 2010 Budget.

In February 2010, CAGTR held a conference on the possible adoption of International Public Sector Financial Reporting Standards by New Zealand public sector entities, and in October that year held a conference on the new regulatory framework for Financial Reporting and Auditing.

In 2011, CAGTR hosted the NZ Management Accounting Conference and in late 2012 held its first conference directed at the not-for-profit sector entitled 'Getting Governance and Accountability Right'. In April 2013, the Centre organised the 4th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference, the first time this conference has been held outside Australia.

A number of Not-for-Profit mini-conferences were held during 2014 to address current issues of relevance to the sector, and these continued in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 the Centre hosted again the 8th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference in conjunction with the School of Economics and Finance and the School of Accounting and Commercial Law.

In November 2018, the Centre co-hosted, with the Tax Policy Scholarship Charitable Trust, the Tax Working Group Public Symposium entitled: "The Future of Tax in New Zealand". It was a well-attended one day symposium.

In October 2021 the Centre will co-host the 32nd Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues.

An Advisory Board provides advice and feedback to the Centre on its activities.

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