Count­ing beans for a hun­dred years

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Sally Hine

A San­dring­ham res­i­dent has helped the In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants cel­e­brate 100 years by be­com­ing their 30,000th mem­ber.

San­dra Wee was in­vited to cut the cake at the cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary.

Ms Wee, who was reg­is­tered as the 30,000th mem­ber by a mat­ter of min­utes ei­ther side, was de­lighted with the out­come.

“I am so hon­oured and I was so lucky.

“I came out of a pool of so many.

“It is like strik­ing the lot­tery – but un­for­tu­nately with­out the $17 mil­lion,” she says.

The cer­e­mony was a great suc­cess with many peo­ple com­ing to cel­e­brate it, says Ms Wee.

“It was great so many more peo­ple were there than I ex­pected,” she says.

“And cut­ting the cake re­minded me of my mar­riage with ev­ery­one watch­ing the joy­ous oc­ca­sion.”

In­sti­tute com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Judy Knighton says Ms Wee was the per­fect can­di­date to have been picked to rep­re­sent them.

“San­dra is a young Asian wo­man from Auck­land, she is very typ­i­cal of our newer mem­bers.

“So we were lucky be­cause she re­ally rep­re­sents the in­sti­tute of 2008.”

The cel­e­bra­tion is im­por­tant not only for reach­ing 100 years but also for hav­ing had con­stant mem­ber­ship over the pe­riod, says Ms Knighton.

“We think 30,000 shows that our qual­i­fi­ca­tions are well sought af­ter and that mem­bers stay with us for life,” she says.

Ten thou­sand mem­bers of the In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants are from Auck­land. – Sally Hine is an AUT

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