About Us

About Us

Your Trusted Advisors

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.

Why Choose Us

Hetherington Johnston is a small firm. This allows us to adapt to the needs of individual clients and provide each client with the personal service that suits their needs and aspirations.

Highly Experienced

Hetherington Johnston has been serving the Hutt region since 1989. We employ qualified accountants to provide you with the services we offer. Our staff have a combined 40 years plus experience serving business just like yours. Helen and Alastair McEwen (the directors) are pleased to be members of the New Zealand Institute of Charted Accountants and call themselves Chartered Accountants (CA).

Transparent Fees

On joining us at Hetherington Johnston you will receive a written proposal for the work you request. This will outline the work that will be done and the estimated costs for that work. You will have a variety of payment options including a fixed fee or time and cost billing. Should any request fall outside this proposal, we will let you know and present a separate proposal for the requested service.

Family Focused

At Hetherington Johnston we believe that a business should work for you, not you for the business. It is there to help you attain your personal goals not the other way round. As we work with you the focus will be creating the life that you and your family desire.

Clear Communication

You deserve to understand what you’re being told. We talk to our clients in plain English not in Accountanese. You will also receive an annual 1-hour meeting with your client manager to discuss any issues you are having in your business. This allows us to work together to make it even better. You will have us available to answer quick 10-minute queries by phone or email at no extra cost on our fixed fee plans.

A Range of Services to Fit Your Needs

We do not believe that one size fits all. As Hetherington Johnston has a wide range of services, we can work with you to create a package that will best serve the needs of you and your business.

Our Team

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.

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!