About Us

Excel Solutions is a firm specialising in all things to do with Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and time management. We started this company in 2004 because we saw a major opportunity helping medium to large corporates automate and improve their Office and time management skills. In particular we have the services of a number of Excel "Gurus" who have worked across the globe and have helped many and varied clients with their Excel needs. We understand business and how we can help. No project is too small or too large and if it's solutions you need, relax... you've come to the right place.

Why Us


Customised customised customised. No two businesses are the same so why should you accept a generic training course or a stock standard file that barely does what you want. Our service and files are second to none.

Hassle free

For training we provide everything and you just provide the staff. When you need to create a report in Excel we come to your business and just get on with it.


If you don't like our work it's free. In regards to quality we give a 100% no questions asked refund if you are not happy with the service.


The course was fast paced, highly effective and customized well to our group. I use Excel every day at work and have done so for the past decade, so I was surprised at how much I learnt during the session. In Excel there might be 100 different ways to achieve a desired outcome, he focused on teaching the best and most efficient method. I learnt a tonne of techniques that will help me every day with my role, Michael definitely knows his stuff, I highly recommend this course.

Andy Mayo-Smith Senior Financial Analyst - Spark

Our staff loved the Excel course. Some of their comments: "Pivot tables are the way of the future!", "I really enjoyed Michael's bright personality - it made excel more interesting!", "I learnt a lot about the things that I struggle with at times - vlook-ups/formula/pivot tables", "The Sales team should take this course. Fun, enjoyable and educational", "Great Course I would recommend to all at Fonterra"

Sohana Nanoo Organisational Development Advisor - Fonterra Brands

Mike was a great tutor and catered to our specific and specified requirements. He did his homework to see what types of spread sheets we were currently using and what we wanted to get from them. We needed our bad habits changed and Mike did this in a fun and informative way and also taught us so much about shortcuts, pivot tables, formulas, graphs etc. This really helped make a boring spread sheet something interesting and easy to report on plus update. The advanced pivot tables especially were eye opening! A new world awaits.

Tamara Hinz TPMO Administrator - Two Degrees Mobile Limited

Excel is an essential tool in our business. Our primary objective was to train our staff to use functions relevant to their jobs. We also wanted to educate our people on the power and capabilities of excel to encourage them to utilise excel for process improvement and efficiencies. Excel solutions was selected as a training provider due to Mike's willingness to adjust courses to our needs and to train with our data using applications particular to our business. After a pilot training session with five of my staff, we decided to put another 36 through the course due to the great feedback we had. Staff ranged from PA's to Partners and Mike was hands on, adjusting the material for the needs of each group.

David Sawtell Northern Regional Manager - ABN AMRO Craigs

Being an intermediate user of excel, I was probably not Mike's typical trainee. But this was no typical training session; With more than a bag full of tricks, excel solutions caters for users at all levels. Mike was not only able to show me new and useful functions, but also provided valuable insight into how they can be applied to my work. Since attending, Mike's methodologies have helped me to string together impressive formulas with ease. He knows his stuff and brings a relevant commercial perspective to a very powerful program. I'd recommend him to anyone looking to upskill in this area.

Rohan Manikath Associate - PWC

As a busy and ambitious professional sporting environment, we recognise that effective time management across our staff and organisation is essential if we are to achieve our goals. We enlisted the help of Michael at Excel Solutions to improve our disciplines and teach us efficient systems. Our management team is now a much more powerful group with improvement to communication, meeting protocols, tasking and scheduling.

Richard Fry Team Manager - The Blues

I worked with Excel Solutions to come up with an End of Year Performance and Salary Review process. They created a fantastic solution for us and had Excel doing all sorts of amazing things that I didn’t even know it could do! This made the whole process much simpler, reduced errors and made the managers job a breeze. Excel solutions were extremely communicative throughout the development and testing phase, explained the technical stuff at a level that we could understand and offered helpful and practical advice and solutions in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Elissa Glen Human Resources Advisor - Yellow

I found the time management course to be very helpful in showing me everything that Outlook had to offer. Before I just crammed everything into my calendar which still worked well but when things got busy it was hard to keep track of everything and was time consuming to manage the interaction between tasks and e-mails. Now my files and emails get automatically filed to the right area. Every contact is in Outlook and synced to my phone in a way that saves me time when I need to access it. I am more effective in managing tasks for myself and others. My work space is now more organised and there is less possibility of something falling through the cracks or having to spend a lot of time trying to locate the right information at the right time. Best of all my calendar has been freed up to just show my physical movements which has made life a lot easier and this provides much more clarity when others are trying to schedule meetings with me. I thoroughly recommend this course to any individuals and organisations wishing to lift productivity.

Marc Fisk Head of Corporate Services - Metrowater

Excel Solutions carried out both a specific piece of work on an excel spreadsheet/key business process & also some excel training for some colleagues in the wider organisation. For the excel spreadsheet Mike was quick to understand the issue we had, and proposed a solution that was simple of easy to use ongoing, and also incorporated further changes that I had not thought of, saving us even more time and money. The ongoing support he offered in fine tuning the tool was very useful. The training Excel Solutions completed for us was done at our office which was very convenient, and received great feedback from all those that attended.

Jeremy Ritson Customer Manager - Unilever New Zealand

OMD is one of the largest and most innovative media communication specialists in the world. Investing in our people and their training and development is core to our values. We roughly have 100 staff at our Auckland branch and almost everyone has taken the Excel course. The feedback from staff has been fantastic because the courses are customised to their own files making it more relevant and practical to their roles. The free phone support after the class is also great for solving specific problems. Michael and Excel Solutions come highly recommended.

Adriana Botha People & Development Director - OMD

We manage a large national portfolio of properties with regional differences and a requirement for centralised data. The data requires constant updating and a great deal of it is not supported by our current software. We were also moving into a new system that required us to have a manual backup of all our systems in hard copy. I recruited Mike to put together a master file that could communicate with each of the geographically located team members to give the centralised and consistent approach to managing the data. We ended up with a source of information that has taken us through a very stressful and difficult time holding on to our crucial information with some confidence. This is now part of our daily world and we couldn't manage without it. Mike built reports into this file, that has enabled me to have a better handle on the actions of my team at the my fingertips, while keeping tight quality controls. Mike also completed some one on one training with staff who had less experience with Excel which was invaluable. I would definitely recommend Mike as a valuable commodity towards business improvement and system management. We have learnt so much through this process about data management and how much we can do with Excel.

Tara Wright-Gallagher Manager Lease Services - Housing New Zealand Corporation

What was amazing to discover after my first Excel session with Mike, is how much time I could have saved if I had known he existed! We think we know Excel and that we have our projects sorted and under control, but have one session with Mike and you learn clever ways to manage your projects that saves you time and frustration. What was also good about Mike is his ability to quickly understand the details of my projects and how to customise a solution for me.

Rula Alatia Principal Architect - Opus

Conferenz is New Zealand’s largest conference & training company. We provide quality information you need, when you need it, from experts in the market. When looking to offer Excel business intelligence for our One Stop Conference we used Excel Solutions. Presenting in front of 150 of our guests, the hour and a half presentation received excellent feedback. Michael was able to communicate advanced Excel procedures in a easy to understand way that was relevant to their needs. Not only was the presentation very informative but it was also high energy and fun. I would have no hesitation in recommending Excel Solutions.

Lana Mihelcic Portfolio Manager - Conferenz

We would like to recommend Michael of Excel Solutions to you for any IT Professional Development that you may require. Michael is wonderful to work with and his expertise and passion make his training sessions extremely effective and successful. NZICA Auckland ran an Excel Course with Michael last year and received back raving reviews. Here are some of the comments we received back: "One of the best courses I have ever been to." "This course was really fantastic. It has strong applicotion to my everyday tasks and will really make me far more productive and add a lot more value to the business ... Just awesome!" "Excellent presenter, really enthusiastic." "Michael had lots of energy and a relaxed style. He made the course fun and was extremely knowledgeable." Subsequently, we have secured Michael for three more courses later this year. Again, we would highly recommend Michael and Excel Solutions for any IT Professional Development.

Sarah Elder Professional Development and Events Coordinator

New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants

Thank you for Michael and his amazing energy, intellect and `can do` attitude. Michael visited Tonga and in a week transformed my Commercial Team into efficient and `process` driven stars thanks to the skills learnt from Outlook, Excel, Word and Power-point. We may not have learnt everything but what `tools` we picked up has meant time efficiency. For me personally, the coaching on how to use Outlook to plan and organise my 500 emails daily, meetings and managing my team now means I have time for ME! Create that task now and call Mike!

Jack Bourke Commercial Manager - Digicel Tonga

Excel Solutions made an Event Budget file for us that saves us a lot of time and hassle. Michael created it really quickly and it was great value too.

Shona Roberts Business & Finance Manager - Auckland Festival Trust

The excel training course with Mike was extremely helpful for our staff. The files used for training were files from day-to-day business which made it easy for everyone to relate to the problem discussed. The course did not only cover complex functions but also those useful little tricks which make life so much easier. We would definitely recommend this course to other businesses. Mike was a great tutor, always patient and happy to explain any question asked. He was even looking after our energy levels with lollies and energy drinks!

Steffi Welch Sales and Marketing Coordinator - Hostmann-Steinberg NZ

The Excel geek to end all Excel geeks. Has saved me untold hours automating the costs we on charge our customers with a very fancy model. Actually found a few customers we had missed which paid for itself right there. Easy to update and easy to understand. Highly recommended.

Ross McWhirter Operations Director - Colenso

Excel solutions helped us to review, rebuild and optimise a particularly difficult model that was requiring significant time and resource to update, the changes now afford the time to review the outputs rather than struggling with the input. I highly recommend Excel Solutions.

James Kennedy Group Financial Controller - Ports of Auckland

We had three massive files that were a mess. Somehow Mike was able to consolidate the files, remove any errors, remove double ups and then clean the file to make it far easier to work with. All in the space of a few hours!

Conan Gorbey Operations Director - Saatchi & Saatchi

Excel solutions provided at short notice, a customised in-house training for our wine qualified staff. The training although being a quick and condensed crash course in Excel, it gave our staff the basic skill they need to perform their tasks more effectively. The tutor has excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of the ins and out of Excel.

Adon Kumar General Manager - Wine-Searcher.com