Rob commenced practice on his own account on 1 October 2004 focusing on the provision of directorial services, and business and taxation advice. Before that, Rob was Chairman of Ernst & Young New Zealand.
Rob has been a specialist tax practitioner for over 20 years with experience in all facets of taxation. His primary focus has been New Zealand corporate income tax, but he has also had extensive experience in trusts, estate planning and international tax. His corporate experience has spanned public and private companies. Rob has been the principal tax advisor to some of New Zealand’s largest companies, such as Carter Holt Harvey and Fonterra. He was seconded to Fonterra for six months in 2003 to manage their internal global tax function. Conversely, Rob is also the principal tax advisor to some of New Zealand’s wealthiest families and individuals. He has also been a director of a number of family companies.
Rob is a frequent speaker on tax subjects at conferences and seminars throughout New Zealand, notably those with an international connection. He has regularly lectured post-graduate classes at university and has been a joint supervisor of a PhD in taxation law.
Rob’s involvement in the Māori sector includes his directorships of Tainui Group Holdings Ltd, Te Ohu Kai Moana, and Chair of Aoteroa Fisheries Limited. Rob is Ngati Porou and grew up in Gisborne.
Rob’s qualifications includes a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Law, Fellow of the College of Chartered Accountants, Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
This lecture will focus on aspect of Māori Economic Development with an emphasis on Māori institutional arrangements that are either conducive or antithetical to Māori economic advancement.