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Our Story

How we became NZ's fastest growing tax agency...

Being self-employed used to require sitting on an app, reconciling your bank transactions like a zombie. At Hnry our mission is to be your trusted financial sidekick - giving you your freedom back, so you can get on with doing what you love.

Way back in 2016, whilst working as independent contractors, we realised that far too much of our time was spent reconciling transactions, using online calculator apps and making manual payments. We weren't 'running a small business' - so why were we being treated as though we were? We had an accountant and accounting software, but that still required us to have to do a load of work ourselves! We decided to create a service that brought everything into one place, making self-employment as simple as having a permanent or salary job somewhere.

During 2017 we designed the Hnry service, working with tax experts from Big 4 accountancy firms (nice suits), legal experts from the top law firms (even nicer suits), and technology experts from some of New Zealand’s funkiest startups (nice beards/Star Wars t-shirts). We collaborated with government agencies to refine our service, and soon became an accredited tax agent of IRD and ACC. We ran trials with a handful of customers, adapting our service and learning what they needed. Towards the end of 2017, we were accepted into KiwiBank FinTech Accelerator, an amazing 3-month programme designed to help refine and scale NZ technology startups. 

In early 2018, we finished our trial period, and released Hnry to the New Zealand market. We started scaling very rapidly, bringing on customers at a fast pace. To help us support this scale, we raised funding through investment from the Banking and Financial Services industry, as well as from Angel Investors and private individuals. This allowed us to bring on a great team of experts, to help support our rapidly expanding customer base.

2019 has been amazing for Hnry. We've just announced some major new partnerships - most notably our strategic partnership with ASB, providing some amazing opportunities for us to keep delighting our customers in the longer term. We're still growing rapidly, and now have thousands of customers, new features coming online all the time, and some amazing plans for the future. It's been a great journey so far, and we're only just getting started!

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Our Team

James

James

CEO

The face of Hnry, James leads the strategy and technology side of the business – part geek, part visionary and, being English, full of tea ☕

Claire

Claire

COO

The voice of our customers, Claire is responsible for making sure stuff happens and that the lights are kept on. Seems to spend a lot of her time confusing the tech team with her attempts at requesting things using “tech speak” 🤔

Richard

Richard

CFO

Our numbers man who is mandated to wear a suit but has gone rogue: embracing jandals, neon sunglasses.. and mowing down pedestrians on his electric scooter 🛴

Michael

Michael

CTO

Michael’s focussed on building great tech and a great team. If he’s not doing that, you can find him hanging out with his daughter and brewing and drinking iced coffee ☕️

Jon

Jon

Senior Developer

When Jon isn't keeping up with his daughters or mountain biking, he's building some awesome tech for Hnry - bringing a strong background in automation and complex systems 🚲

Rhianne

Rhianne

Software Developer

When she’s not travelling the world Rhianne enjoys solving problems with code and making sure our calculations are precisely correct 🎿

Ben

Ben

Marketing Lead

Ben is one neoteric individual (google it). Our legendary wordsmith responsible for our Marketing and Brand, he knows ALL the words (or at least the good ones). 📚

Sammie

Sammie

Customer Success Lead

Sammie has a strong background in customer support and is renowned around the office for her baking skills. She’s also accomplished in tae kwon do, so watch out! 🏆

Alex

Alex

Finance Manager

Our resident finance guru, Alex deals with all things IRD so you don't have to. A versatile team member, she also brings to the table a lot of experience in operations and marketing💰

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