Enabling Clients to Achieve their Goals

Hetherington Johnston, Chartered Accountants

We have developed an excellent reputation for working alongside our clients to help them realise their business goals. 

Your Trusted Advisors

About Us

Hetherington Johnston Ltd provides unparalleled, personalised business advisory services to a broad range of clients across the Greater Wellington Region. As your chartered accountants, we are here to ensure that all of your financial decisions are made carefully and with your best interests in mind. We are ready and able to serve as your business advisor, tax planner, and guide you down your path to success. We draw on our wealth of knowledge to advise you on your best course of action to fulfil your business dreams and goals.

Helen McEwen
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Your Business Matters

Tailored Service, Measurable Results



In today’s competitive market, it is even more important to have up-to-date and accurate financial information available when you need it


Business Advisory

A great business planning process gets to the heart and soul of your business. Identify and prioritise goals and create strategies to achieve these


Startup Support

We have developed an excellent reputation for working alongside our clients to help them realise their business goals

Why Choose Us

Choosing the right accountant is an important decision.  You need to be looking for someone who you can work closely with and whom you can build a trusted relationship, understands your needs, aspirations and goals and talks to you in a language you understand.

Managing cashflow is one of the major problems encountered by business.  First you need to understand how cashflow works and understand the potential bottle necks in your cashflow system.  A good accounting system can help you identify the issues, then we can work with you to develop an action plan to get you back on track.

Once you have decided to go into business, one of your first decisions is how to structure that business.  Do you want to trade through a company, partnership or as a sole trader?  How does my family trust fit into this?  Should I have a family trust involved?  These are all questions that we can walk you through and determine the structure that fits your individual circumstances.  Getting this right at the start can save a lot of time and money later on.

Getting started is as easy as having a good idea or a client base to allow you to go out on your own.  What you need to do is to ensure that the idea or client base will enable you to achieve the things you want.  This requires a plan.  We can aid you with the financial plan and structures to make it happen.  Assist with finding the capital or funding to get you started.  Through our network of contacts we can also get you in touch with other professionals such as lawyers, marketers and designers you can work with to make your new enterprise a success.

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Accountants · Business Advisory · Startup Support

Alastair McEwen


Alastair is a new member of our team only recently joining after running his own practice for over 8 years. He has taken up Co Directorship with Helen. He believes in building stable, long-lasting relationships with clients to enable better decision making. Helping clients solve both the little and earth-shattering issues keeps him coming to work. He has been happily married to Helen for over 25 years and is quite willing to spend time with his two sons.

Helen McEwen


Helen joined Hetherington Johnston in 2006. In 2019 she joined her husband Alastair as a director when Leigh stood down.  She enjoys working with clients to achieve their goals and the wide variety of businesses she works with, keeps Helen on her toes. She thrives on providing an individual service for each one and is a self-confessed problem solver who loves finding the perfect solution!

Tania Cribb

Client Manager

Tania is a long standing member of the Hetherington Johnston team and credits the diverse nature of her role to be the reason she looks forward to coming to work each day. She has built strong relationships with her clients and enjoys providing a great service that keeps them happy year after year. In her free time she loves to relax with her family.

Donna Wareham

Office Manager

Donna is our wonder woman Office Manager who keeps everything ticking along smoothly. She enjoys the variety in her role and working with a great team. Donna coordinates all of our events and seminars, takes care of the admin and generally makes sure the roof doesn’t fall down around our heads! She’s kept busy running around after two kids and two dogs in her spare time.

Leigh Johnston


Leigh has relinquished the helm of Hetherington Johnston he had since its formation. He now works with specific clients on specialised matters. Since the beginning Leigh has enjoyed the close interaction with his clients, including getting out of the office and meeting them on-site. In his free time he loves to be out in the water, be it swimming, fishing or kayaking, and believe it or not, if Leigh wasn’t an accountant he’d probably be a builder!

What Our Clients Say About Us

I have been with HJL since 1999. During that time Leigh and his team have helped me to grow my Sports Coaching business by 300%.

The advice I’ve been given during this time has maximised my profits (I know for a fact that they have saved me thousands of dollars annually), minimised my risk and increased my education. What Leigh and his team have given me is real life support in running my business, not just the usual text book responses but rather inspiring solutions to everyday business problems.

I would highly recommend (and have done to many of my own clients) to anyone who needs great advice and sound accounting practices coupled with inspirational feedback and guidance to enlist HJL professionally.”
Ali Dennis, Director