RSM New Zealand

Kumar Aravinda
Audit Partner


Kumar is one of seven Audit Partners, and is based in our Auckland Central office. Kumar has more than 30 years of audit experience, of which 15 years was with PWC in New Zealand and its offshore offices.

He has a wealth of well-rounded specialist experience gained as a senior manager with PWC providing assurance services to large global companies, privately owned enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies. 

A specialist audit partner, his services include external audit, internal audits, financial consulting, financial reporting and technical advice, international financial reporting standards, due diligence and investigative accounting. 

Kumar has a genuine interest in delivering clients a quality and timely service. He also believes in a no surprise approach to the fee charged for services. His passion and ability to understand his clients' business needs is balanced by an approachable, relaxed demeanour and an excellent sense of humour. 

Kumar was key to developing Nexia's audit division prior to the merger with RSM in 2016.

He was also a member to the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountant's Professional Standards Board for eight years.  The Board was responsible for developing all professional and ethical standards other than the Financial Reporting Standards.  


Kumar is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). Kumar has held a certificate of Public Practice, necessary to issue audit opinions, since 1998.  He is also a Qualified and Licensed Auditor in New Zealand.

Kumar is also an associate member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK. 


Kumar is married to Geetha and has a son studying at university. A keen golfer, Kumar also is the auditor of prominent golf clubs in Auckland. He is a keen walker and enjoys tramping throughout New Zealand.

News articles

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