About the DecisionMakers Team

We are confident our tailor-made plans and investment strategies are designed to enable you to become financially independent. Gain the advantage of our co-operative network of advisers who share knowledge, expertise and insight while offering collaborative support. 

As an independent advisory service, we don’t work for a fund manager or large corporation – we are dedicated solely to our clients.

Work with one adviser, receive the experience of many

Because we are a co-operative, when you work with our advisers, you’re not just dealing with an employee – you’re talking directly with an owner and director of the company.

We’re with you long term, just a phone call away

Understand exactly what your options are and what needs to be done – we believe transparency around your financial situation and options is vital to good decision making, so we leave financial jargon at the door and communicate clearly at every stage of the process. 

For the years you work with us, we’ll take a weight off your shoulders by actively managing your investments.


Our mission is to help New Zealanders achieve their goals and dreams.

That's why we're so passionate about helping our clients to create solid financial plans that support them and generously give back for years to come.

Our personalised options enable us to create a plan to suit your needs, whether you're investing for yourself, setting up a portfolio for your grandchildren, or establishing a charitable trust.

Meet Our Team

All of our advisers are highly qualified and members of Financial Advice New Zealand.

Colin Austin

Financial Adviser, Takapuna & Lower Hutt

GradDipBusStud (Personal Financial Planning), Certified Financial Planner, Financial Advice NZ Member.

Having entered the profession in his twenties, Colin now has over 20 years’ experience in financial planning and was one of the founders of DecisionMakers. He finds daily reward in establishing long term relationships with his clients, sharing their victories and supporting their journeys. 

Colin works primarily with people who are within sight of retirement or already retired and who are eager to make the most of their accumulated resources by generating reliable passive income from their assets. 

In the office, Colin is co-Chair of DecisionMakers and our go-to guy and problem solver - always ready to lend a hand for leadership or support. This has included his years serving as Chairman of the Institute of Financial Advisers (IFA) in  Auckland, and as National IFA Council member (this is now Financial Advice NZ).  He values continuous improvement and keeps up to date with sector developments and technology. 

Outside of work, Colin enjoys travel, eating out, and staying fit with his wife and two teenage daughters. He is also passionate about restoring “Albert”, a classic 1957 Ford Anglia that belonged to his grandfather, and sponsoring an annual bowling club event in memory of his late father-in-law. 
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Bruce Anderson

Financial Adviser, Takapuna Office

B.Com (Accounting and Commercial Law), B.Acc (Accounting),  Member Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Financial Advice NZ Member.

Bruce was born in Scotland, grew up in South Africa, but has been a proud All Black supporter for the last 25 years. He has held senior financial positions in major companies such as ANZ Bank, including Head of Finance Commercial & Agri Division, and Divisional Controller and Head of Management Information Systems for New Zealand.

A Chartered Accountant for 25 years, Bruce has volunteered his expertise in a number of not-for-profit organisations. He served on the Board of Rhema Media for seven years, including five years as Chair, and as a Board Member of Family Life.

Bruce enjoys engaging with his clients to inspire a clear vision of the financial future they desire and then works hard to secure their investment goals.

Outside of work, he is a keen motorcycle enthusiast, and regularly heads out with friends over the weekend for a scenic ride and a hearty breakfast. Bruce has been married to Tracy for over 30 years and they have three adult sons.
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Kate Baxter

Office Manager, Takapuna

With a background in finance and banking, Kate combines her experience and comprehensive knowledge of our portfolio management system to support DecisionMakers’ advisers and clients. 

Kate works closely with Colin and his clients, providing outstanding continuity of care. When not in the office, Kate is keeping up with her two primary-aged children, getting outdoors and exploring.

Hayley Austin

Takapuna Office Reception and Administrator

Hayley joined our team in 2023 to assist Kate with Reception and Administration tasks. Hayley is with us part time while she continues her dance studies.

Tanya Gilchrist

Financial Adviser, Tauranga

BBus (Financial Planning & Advice), Certified Financial Planner, Financial Advice NZ Member,  Responsible Investment Association Australasia, Financial Adviser Member. 

Having been an investment adviser for over 20 years, Tanya gets the most enjoyment out of seeing people live the life they plan to. After working out a plan together, she helps to manage the ups and downs of life along the way.  She has a wide range of clients, some who take a regular income from their investments and others who don't, and some are saving regularly.

As we know, the only constant in life is change, and as we go through life we all know that we can be taken by surprise by unexpected events.  Tanya is there is walk beside you as you face life's ups and downs, which will undoubtedly affect your finances and long term plans.

Tanya is known in the team for her technical and IT skills and loves to use these to discover new opportunities.
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Annah Leef

DecisionMakers, Tauranga

BComm Accounting and Commercial Law; Graduate Diploma in Accounting

After moving home from Australia in 2022, Annah took the opportunity to work with Tanya in the financial advice space. She previously worked as a management accountant in Australia before being a stay-at-home mum to her three boys.

Annah works closely with Tanya, supporting her in terms of administration and client relationships and is currently studying Financial Planning to advance her knowledge in this area. Outside of work Annah enjoys spending time with her young family, whether it be bush walking, adventures at the beach or just spending time at home.

Our network of advisers are dedicated to your success.

Our advisers are ready to assist you in designing a confident future.