RSM New Zealand

Grant Hally


Grant Hally is a Consultant with RSM specialising in Business Development. Grant started with the firm in 1977 and became a partner in 1983. As you would imagine, Grant’s role at RSM has evolved over the years and he has accumulated an impressive diversity of knowledge. Grant retired from Partnership in 2019 after 36 years. 

From the basic beginnings of his accounting career using book keeping ledger machines (complete with ledger cards) and hand drafting accounts, to today’s current paperless accounting software system, Grant is now a highly regarded business consultant with expertise in management accounting, strategic management, tax advice, acquisitions, divestments and company and group restructuring. 

During his career Grant has had the opportunity to work with a multitude of industries and has developed a specific interest in the manufacturing and services sectors, including hospitality and property.  His real passion is working with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to help them grow and develop their businesses.  Grant thrives on encouraging his clients to work to their strengths, while helping them with their systems and strategies to achieve their goals. 

Outside of RSM, Grant also holds a number of personal directorships and shareholdings for his personal business ventures, and has number of professional board appointments throughout the country.  Grant was an integral part of the formation of NZ CA Limited, an association of Independent Chartered Accountants in New Zealand and the creation of the Small Business Voice, a charitable trust supporting SMEs in New Zealand. 

Grant has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and become a Chartered Accountant in 1980.  He is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a professional association of Chartered Accountants, and also has a Public Practice Certificate through CAANZ. 

With his wealth of experience, a strong passion for what he does and the team behind him, Grant is well positioned to assist those who are referred to him. 

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right”

  – Anonymous


News articles

Life after COVID-19: Survive, Strategise, Grow!

26 April 2020
How to do business in a post Covid-19 world.  We understand your situation. The cupboard is bare and what do you do? The Minister of Finance has announced $25 million in additional funding for the Regional Business Partner Network (RBPN). RSM New Zealand is a registered provider with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise’s Business Partne...

Key person cover

22 November 2018
Key person cover – is your business vulnerable? One of the most common forms of risk within a business can often be overlooked. This is when a person responsible for a high percentage of the business revenue (whether an owner or an employee) is no longer able to perform their occupational duties.  These peo...

Bold move for RSMNZ Auckland

15 June 2018
Last night we celebrated the end of the first month in our brand new purpose built and expanded premises in the Highbrook  Office Park. The décor and signs have  all been selected to promote the RSM brand and convey a professional image for the firm. Together with our teams from Albany and Newmarket, many important clients and key ref...

Why employ young people?

20 May 2018
Our economy and communities thrive when our youth have the chance to contribute and learn on the job, but what are the advantages for business owners who employ young people?  While “youth” is often defined as “a person aged 15 to 24 years”, there is no real definition of youth in terms of employment and education programmes.&nb...

Can you afford to sell?

13 February 2018
A "Business Value Gap" is the difference between the value of your business today and what you need it to be at the time of sale.  A shortfall can have a signficant impact on your retirement plans and may force you to reassess your desired standard of living in retirmenet.  Worse case - it may mean you can't afford to sell.  Retir...

RSM World Day 2017

19 September 2017
A day when the independent member firms of the RSM network celebrate our shared values of Understanding, Collaboration and Ideas and Insight – this year, with an innovative twist. September marks ‘Innovation month’ internationally across all RSM member firms, in line with this, RSM New Zealand took the opportunity to mark our global day by...

RSM sponsors the LPGA New Zealand Tour

29 August 2017
Audit, tax and consulting specialists RSM New Zealand have joined the family of sponsors to support next month’s MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open. The event, New Zealand’s richest golf tournament with NZ$1.85 million in prizemoney, will be staged at the new Windross Farm golf course in Auckland from 28 September to 1 October and will ...

Cash flow leads to success

24 July 2017
Successful companies treat cash flow as an insurance policy, a buffer.  They have 3 to 10 times the ratio of cash to assets compared to their competition. These successful companies take a conservative approach to debt. They shave risk wherever possible. When they hit a difficult time, they really pull ahead of those who are less discipline...

How to maximize the value of your business

23 February 2017
I know that you have no intention of selling your business and that you can keep running it forever!  But I suspect that you will at least accept that all businesses go in cycles as does the economy. There are good times to sell like now and bad times such as around 1987 and 2001! When are we due for a cyclical change? Not sure just yet but...

A new chapter in RSM leadership

1 February 2017
RSM New Zealand (Auckland) starts 2017 with a bang, announcing Liz Groenewegen as Managing Partner and welcoming specialist Lisa Murphy as Tax Partner Incoming managing partner Liz Groenewegen takes over the role from Grant Hally effective 1 January 2017.  Liz, business advisory partner based in our Auckland office, joined the RSM team in 2...

New transfer pricing developments bring new risk for New Zealand multinationals

3 November 2016
The Inland Revenue Department (“IRD”), as we expect, is continuing its work tightening the so called “loopholes” in New Zealand’s (“NZ’s”) current tax regime for multinational enterprises (“MNE’s”). Following continued public and media scrutiny, the IRD have introduced several measures as part of the rollout of the OECD’s ac...

RSM gives back to the community

22 September 2016
RSM World Day : A day when the independent member firms of the RSM network unite and engage with national, or local, charities through volunteering and community work and other charitable giving activities "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is now." RSM in New Zealand celebrated by supporting Ngāti...

Transfer pricing documentation - are you up to date?

7 September 2016
The August release of the Inland Revenue Department’s (IRD’s) Large Enterprise Update provides some important reminders for New Zealand Multinational Enterprises (MNE’s) of all sizes. Aside from some more technical aspects, the key reminders are the documentation of intercompany loans and a revision of the small value loans safe harbour thres...

Effective law change for related party transactions and transfer pricing documentation

16 August 2016
There has been a lot of commentary regarding the Organisation for Economic Co-ordination and Developments (“OECD”) base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) report. We have all read enough to understand that the proposed amendments to the OECD’s transfer pricing guidelines for multinational enterprises and tax administrations (“the guid...

Grant Hally talks growth strategy

8 August 2016
RSM doubles its presence in Highbrook How we did it and why Following the recent merger of Nexia New Zealand and RSM New Zealand, Grant Hally, Managing Partner of RSM New Zealand (Auckland) took the time to sit down and chat about our growth strategy and what we have achieved recently.  When did RSM come to East Tamaki? "We ope...

BEPS vs the middle market. Who's winning?

8 June 2016
Think BEPS only affects huge multinationals?  Think again. According to a recent survey by RSM, the clampdown on corporate tax avoidance is set to hit medium-sized companies nearly as hard as their bigger rivals Businesses expect their tax bills to rise an average of 5 per cent as a result of stricter tax rules which are being introd...

Scam alert - "Corporate Portal"

30 May 2016
Corporate Portal New Zealand scam New Zealand small businesses are being targeted in a scam originating from a German company trying to encourage them to list with ‘Corporate Portal New Zealand’ site at A letter indicates that a company’s details are incomplete and will be removed from the register unless they...

Government announces the business tax proposals targeted at SMEs

13 April 2016
As part of his pre-Budget speech in Wellington today, Prime Minister, John Key, announced a business tax package which “will reduce compliance costs and makes tax simpler for small business”. Under the new regime, the provisional tax rules for small and medium businesses (with a turnover up to $5 million) will be supplemented with a new pay-...

Merger Delivers Growth for RSM in New Zealand

1 April 2016
The merger of chartered accounting firms RSM and Nexia New Zealand’s Auckland operations will deliver a stronger, mid-market offering in accounting and business solutions. Both parties see the advantage of building the RSM network in New Zealand, to deliver to the local market and via the RSM Network to our internationally active clien...

Strength in leadership and diversity at RSM

16 March 2016
Announcement of Nicola Hammond as Partner at the Auckland office on 1 April 2016 brings ratio of female partners to 21% across the group While the accounting profession is still dominated by males in many parts of the world, RSM has globally recognised an increased need for greater diversity in its network and are proud to encourage and acknowle...

Large enterprise focus by the IRD

29 February 2016
The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has this month released their quarterly large enterprise update. Unsurprisingly the update includes some changes to the IR’s focus on transfer pricing. This is without doubt the start of the IR’s response to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. In the February large enterprises upd...

International tax alert : BEPS action plan

24 February 2016
With the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) action plan final reports having been released late in 2015, it’s now time to take note of the potential risks that the plan poses. This article provides an overview of the main risk areas and for this reason we have not provided commentary on all 15 action points. This article is in...

Press release - Emily Xu promoted to Principal

11 January 2016
New Zealand Chartered Accounting firm, RSM New Zealand have today announced the promotion of Ms Emily Xu to Principal of its Asian accounting group. She will continue to be responsible for the growth and development of specialised services to migrant and overseas investors.  Emily Xu, Principal “Emily has been an integral part of t...

RSM - a new unified brand

27 October 2015
What’s in a name? Flags, brands, and banners we operate under as organisations.  Are they important?  They’re the labels we choose to define and present ourselves to the world.  To define who we are and what we stand for.  So should one change? From October 26, 2015 we have simplified and changed our branding.&nb...

RSM - The Gauntlet

26 October 2015
A new broadcast advertising campaign launched in the US. The Gauntlet is running on television networks including CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, in both 30 and 60 second slots. The campaign also includes print ads, running in publications including The Wall Street Journal, CFO magazine and regional business journals, as well as ...

What is a growth options report?

16 July 2015
We have been offering growth option reports to our clients for a few years now and still we often get asked “what is a growth options report”. To help explain it, we thought it may be useful to provide a real life example. What is a growth options report? A growth options report looks at the “big numbers” in a business and helps to id...

Standard Terms and Conditions - RSM New Zealand

1 June 2018
Please note this document is only applicable to the trading entities RSM New Zealand (Auckland) and RSM New Zealand (Auckland North).  If you are an audit client through RSM Hayes Audit, you will be provided with a separate document outlining your engagement terms STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS RSM New Zealand (Auckland) and RSM New Zeala...

Running a trust - tips and tricks

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 from 7.30am to 8.45am
Family trusts are generally set up for the protection of your family but how do you do it properly?  Recently the Court of appeal treated a family trust as a sham and it was of no effect. The decision by the Court of Appeal in Clayton v Clayton [2015] NZCA 30 has some significant implications for trust and relationship property matters...

Great Hires & No Fires

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 from 7.30am to 8.45am
The real challenge is finding people who fit you and your business, who have a good work ethic and who care about your customers – finding them is not so easy, keeping them is even harder. Most of us have made “bad hires” with both employer and employee experiencing some pain as a result. This Cereal Breakfast seminar will look at tips dev...

***CANCELLED*** How to structure your business

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 from 7.30am to 8.45am
***This event has been cancelled*** Business owners and their advisers are presented with a number of different structure options in which to house their businesses. These should be considered at the outset when many other requirements are competing for time and resources such as finding capital, registering technology and tackling markets. ...

Become an exceptional leader

Thursday, 23 August 2018 from 7:30am to 9:00am
Motivate your employees to do what they’re supposed to do - go the extra mile and become an exceptional leader! Greater profitability, loyal customers and engaged employees are key objectives for every business. The formula to long-term, sustainable profit and growth is derived from customer loyalty, loyalty comes from positive cust...