About Us

Meeting the needs of New Zealand small business

Apt Business Solutions was established in 1990 by three software developers, to meet the needs of New Zealand’s small businesses.

In the initial few years our target markets were identified and products developed for the childcare and auto dismantling sectors.

These are still the mainstay with Assure [cemetery management] added in 1999 as well as various customized applications.

You could say our software products provide service from the cradle to the grave!

We now support over 1,500 users from Kaitaia to Bluff through our office in Palmerston North.


Shane Ogier

shane (1)Shane has been working in the IT area for over 30 years, initially specializing in custom solutions for a variety of small businesses.

When Apt was formed in 1990 he identified an opportunity within the childcare sector for administrative software that had the needs of the user at its core, hence the development of Apt Childcare Management Software.

As the client base has continued to expand, Shane’s role has seen him move into the management of the childcare team.

By maintaining a hands on role in support and regular liaison with various government departments within the childcare sector he is able to ensure that Apt software continues to meet the needs of Early childhood Education Centres.

Ian Cousins

ian (1)Ian joined the Apt Childcare team 5 years ago with the key role of providing Help Desk support & training to administrators, owners and managers of ECEC’s in the operation of the software.

He is involved in the translation the Early Childhood Funding Handbook,the ongoing development of “Apt Help” and other online resources. Having written over 200 pages for “Apt Help” his expertise in this area, is highly valued by the team and is acknowledged by the positive recognition and feedback received by users.

Prior to starting work with Apt he was with Telecom NZ, where he helped establish their Access Operations Centre and developed his phone expertise assisting employees and contractors optimise their Keyless access.

Ken Garlick

Ken has been working in the IT area for over 30 years, initially specializing in custom solutions for a variety of large and small businesses over a range of industries, but now almost exclusively specializing in two vertical market packages.
In the mid-90’s an opportunity arose to provide a software package for a group of automotive dismantlers to manage their invoicing, debtors and stock. With a policy of constant enhancement to the package based on evolving user requirements, this has proven to be a very successful package and is widely used within the automotive dismantling industry.

In the late 90’s Ken was approached by the developer of a package for cemeteries and crematoria to migrate the package to Windows and to take over the on-going enhancement and support of the package, with the original developer remaining involved in the design and marketing of the package. This has proven to be a successful formula and today the software is used by a significant number of council and private cemeteries and crematoria.

Martin Lawrence

martinMartin qualified with a degree in Computer Science over 30 years ago. Since then he has developed software and databases for a range of businesses. He enjoys the ongoing and rapid change in the IT industry. He is currently involved in development of Apt Childcare and database development for two farming related organisations, Ovis Management and Johnes Management.

In his spare time he enjoys tramping and photography.