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I work in partnership with my clients to help them make prudent decisions to achieve their long term financial goals.

Richard Harden | Director & Authorised Financial Advisor

Richard is a Certified Financial Planner (CFPcm) with over 20 years of experience. His working career began as a professional cricketer in England before joining the financial services department of a large UK accountancy practice in 1996. Richard moved to New Zealand permanently in 1999 and settled in Nelson where he set up Richard Harden Investment Services in 2002.

Richard provides financial planning and investment advice and has particular expertise with UK Pension Transfers. As an expat he is well-suited to the unique needs of new migrants from the UK. Richard helps clients navigate the complex and constantly changing rules and regulations around taxation and QROPS rules. His aim is to make the transition to New Zealand as easy as possible.

Richard holds professional financial planning qualifications from the UK and is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA). He is also a member of Institute of Financial Advisers and SIFA.

Good local food and wine is Richard's passion that he shares with his wife Rachel. On his days off you'll likely find him on the golf course or out in Tasman Bay fishing off his kayak. Richard’s son Joel is also a keen cricketer and now attends university.

Richard is always available to talk to you about your financial needs. You can reach him by phone on 021 246 9944 or email rh@totarawealth.co.nz.

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Disclosure Statement


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My job is to help clients manage their financial well-being so they can spend time pursuing the things they love doing.

Meredith Cornelius | Director & Authorised Financial Advisor

Meredith is a Certified Financial Planner (CFPcm) and has been advising clients in New Zealand since 2002. She emigrated from Oregon, USA, returning to Nelson where she lived as a girl during the 1970’s. She is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) and holds degrees in Business Administration (Finance & Economics) and Public Accounting from Oregon State University, and the Massey University Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in Personal Financial Planning Endorsement.

She is active in the promotion of the value of financial advice and has served on the Board of New Zealand’s Institute of Financial Advisers, now transitioned into Financial Advice New Zealand. She continues to be involved in the promotion of CFPcm and previously provided project consulation with the Financial Planning Standards Board (FSPB), the Denver-based international body overseeing the CFPcm advisers across 26 member countries.

Meredith's advice begins with client objectives – be it to help clients plan and accumulate a retirement fund, use capital to generate an income, invest a financial windfall, or manage a life transition. It all starts with a plan.

Meredith is married to Jim and most weekends see the two exploring NZ’s amazing cycle trails. They have two adult children, Will in New Orleans with wife Ellie, and Maddie who lives in Nelson – and, the world’s spunkiest Jack Russell Terrier, Winnie.

You're welcome to contact Meredith to talk about your financial affairs by calling her on 03 548 9000 or email mc@totarawealth.co.nz.  

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Being a professional is placing the client at the heart of my work, listening first, making it easy, and providing service that adds value.

Richard Grimes | Director & Authorised Financial Advisor

Richard is an investment adviser with 10 years experience. Prior to this he was a Chartered Accountant in public practice and private industry. A career highlight was his 8 years as inaugural General Manager of World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum in Nelson. He then joined BNZ Private Bank for 9 years as an investment adviser.  He is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration (BCA) degree from Victoria University, and the Massey University Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in Personal Financial Planning.

Richard enjoys the relationships he has with clients and providing great service. While his expertise is in the financial planning and investment advice area he is happy to talk about wider estate and tax planning issues as these need to be considered when giving good advice. Richard is a big believer in relationships built on trust, keeping things simple, and providing help and advice that the client wants. He works with other professionals and experts when required.

When he’s not working Richard loves his golf and hanging out with his family. He is married to Nicky and they have three adult children, Daniel, Annie and Matthew – and Rosie, our gorgeous dog.

Richard will give you honest advice and if he can’t help he’ll refer you to someone who can. You can reach him by phone 03 548 9000 or email rg@totarawealth.co.nz.

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My focus is on consistently delivering exceptional client service.

Sarah Robinson | Practice Manager

Sarah’s strengths are in organisation and making things happen – she has worked at executive level for over 20 years and started out in Advertising and Marketing as a PA/Office Manager quickly working her way up to Senior Account Manager with her own portfolio of Clients including Reed Travel Exhibitions - the world’s leading travel and tourism events organiser with a portfolio of more than 22 international travel and tourism trade events in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

During her career she has worked for an award winning Customer Engagement agency, an Infrastructure & Business Services Company and the leading UK Customer Experience Consultancy. She has gained experience in a wide variety of sectors managing the logistics of various marketing, advertising and brand strategies – coordinating the implementation of a diagnostic systems upgrade for Volkswagen Group UK at over 720 sites and the roll out of the ground breaking new Audi Direct Reception system “customer experience” before emigrating to New Zealand in 2009.

Here at Totara Wealth Sarah is involved in the day to day running of the business including compliance/AML-CFT, managing the office and generally making sure that everything is running smoothly.

In her own time Sarah and her husband Matt can be found hunting down new craft beers in the pursuit of hoppiness or enjoying the great outdoors.

Contact Sarah on 03 548 9000 or sr@totarawealth.co.nz.

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Supporting the Totara team and helping our clients makes every day interesting and rewarding.

Linda Ellis | Office Administrator

Linda supports the business in an administration role. Super friendly, calm under pressure and always helpful you can be sure she will give you the warmest of welcomes whether you visit us in person or get in touch by phone or email.

She recently moved to Nelson after living in Onahau Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, where she ran a property maintenance, construction and barging company with her husband. Along with looking after the administration side of the business Linda also worked managing NZQA exams and for a marine farm.  

Previously Linda has held office positions at an insurance company in Melbourne, a Christchurch law firm and a Picton real estate office.

She is enjoying living the city life and being close enough to take advantage of all that Nelson has to offer. In her spare time Linda enjoys walking and is a member of a local tramping club. Linda also loves exotic overseas travel and is currently planning her next adventure to Africa.

Contact Linda on 03 548 9000 or le@totarawealth.co.nz.