Robin has practical and operational skills in leading large commercial enterprises in the public and private sector. These skills have been gained after many successful years of experience as a Chief Executive of multi-million dollar enterprises involved in local, national and international economies.
Robin has had an extensive career in economic development, particularly development affecting Māori communities and their assets. This principally involved working in the public sector in Māori housing development, and as the Porirua Branch Manager for the Housing Corporation of New Zealand.
For many years Robin was Chief Executive of the Māori Fisheries Commission (Te Ohu Kai Moana) and was responsible for implementing policies emanating from the settlement of Māori commercial fishing claims. During this time he worked to a Board of Commissioners, and assisted in various acquisitions including Sealord, and the development of the methodology for allocating fishing assets to iwi. He was also involved in setting up New Zealand’s largest Māori-owned inshore fishing company, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd.
From 2004 to 2007 Robin was Chief Executive of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd. In 2007 he was appointed to chair the boards for Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd and Sealord Group Ltd. Sealord Group Ltd is a jointly owned Māori and Japanese deep-water fishing company with global reach. He retired from his fishing industry roles in 2011.
Robin is currently Te Amokapua/Chair of Te Wananga o Raukawa, and serves as a board member for NZTE, and the recently established Callaghan Innovation. He also chairs the Māori Statistical Advisory Committee for Statistics New Zealand.
Robin is the inaugural recipient of the Haomoana Fellowship at Massey University.