Our Story

In 2009, two ambitious Kiwis set out to revolutionise the payroll industry in Aotearoa New Zealand. Over a decade later, we’re still doing your payroll, and we’re still making good things happen.

Thankyou Payroll, today

With more than a decade of experience and plenty of significant milestones under our belt, Thankyou Payroll is proud to have a payroll service that is trusted by over 7000 kiwi businesses and counting.

And we’re more than just payroll. Our commitment to providing a quality product, outstanding customer service, professional guidance and true leadership is equally matched by our dedication to pay it forward.

Every year we process over $1,000,000,000 in pays and we’ve also paid out nearly $500,000 to Generous Ventures to date – bringing hundreds of community projects to life in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Thankyou Payroll is pursuing a world where our people are happy and our planet is healthy. Thanks to you, our customers.

We have a story to tell – and it’s yours to tell too.

Where we came from

Let’s take a journey back to 2009 to where it all began.


June 2022

Old and new Thankyou Payroll logos

We launched the refreshed version of our brand – signalling a commitment to growth and longevity.



Payroll Giving on the Thankyou Payroll Employee App

Payroll Giving reached over half a million dollars; an incredible milestone, showcasing the generosity of New Zealand employers and employees.



The Thankyou Payroll Team on their 2020 Staff Retreat

The Thankyou Payroll team grew to be 20 staff strong. Just like businesses across Aotearoa New Zealand, the team were resilient as Covid-19 arrived in New Zealand.

April 2020 didn’t just mark the arrival of Covid-19, it was also the month the Thankyou Charitable Trust hit $300,000 in grant contributions.



Two young kiwi girls receiving their learners drivers licences

Payday filing became a legal obligation in Aotearoa New Zealand – requiring employers to send an employment information form to Inland Revenue after every payday.

The Thankyou Charitable Trust distributed their 200th grant to the Road Ready Rangatahi Learner Driver Licence project – lead by YOUth INSPIRE.



PledgeMe logo

We launched our equity crowdfunding campaign with PledgeMe, successfully raising a total of $460,000 in capital to accelerate the growth of our company.

$460,000 raised - Thankyou Payroll 2017 PledgeMe Campaign

The Thankyou Charitable Trust distributed their 100th grant to the Christchurch People’s Resource Centre.



Ekos Climate Positive Badge - Thankyou Payroll

We committed to becoming a carbon neutral organisation and started offsetting our carbon internally.



Wellington cable car on a backdrop of sunny Wellington city.

We established our Wellington office.



Thankyou Charitable Trust delivering first grant to West Harbour Beautification Trust

The Thankyou Charitable Trust gave out their first grant – to the West Harbour Beautification Trust.



Thankyou Charitable Trust logo

We welcomed our first CEO, Lani Evans.

The Thankyou Charitable Trust was founded, transforming the work that we do into lasting positive change.

An updated version of our online payroll system went live. It offered greater versatility, a more intuitive design and easier integration with services like Xero and WorkflowMax.



The first version of our online payroll system launched and we processed our first ever pay.



Hugh Evans founding Thankyou Payroll

Hugh Evans and Kate Stevens-West founded Thankyou Payroll from the creative depths of a Port Chalmers garage.

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