Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award 2006

For outstanding business leadership and economic policy development in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Rob McLeod

Ngāti Porou

Rob McLeod is managing partner of Ernst & Young New Zealand and is a specialist tax practitioner. He chairs the New Zealand Business Roundtable, has previously chaired the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Tax Committee and was Chairman of the Government’s Tax Review 2001. In 2008 Rob was appointed as a member of the Capital Markets Task Force and as lead negotiator for Te Haeata (Ngati Porou Treaty Settlement Committee). In 2009 he was appointed to the Maori Economic Development Ministerial Taskforce, the Independent Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Defence Review, the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and was a member of the Tax Working Group to assist Government.

Rob has been a specialist tax practitioner for over 25 years with experience in all facets of taxation. His primary specialisation has been New Zealand corporate income tax, but he has also had extensive experience in trusts, estate planning and international tax. 

  • From October 2004 to June 2007, Rob was a professional director and business and taxation advisor. 
  • From April 2002 to September 2004, Rob was chairman of Ernst Young.
  • From January 1991 to March 2002, Rob was managing partner of Arthur Andersen.

Rob’s previous directorships included: Telecom New Zealand Limited and Skycity Entertainment Group Limited; ANZ National Bank Limited; Sealord Group Limited; Tainui Group Holdings Limited; Aotearoa Fisheries Limited; Raukura Moana Fisheries Limited; Gulliver Travel Group Limited; Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited, Hui Taumata Trustee Limited and Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Rob’s past appointments include: Commissioner of Waitangi Fisheries Commission; Chair of Government Tax Review 2001; Towards 2005 Taskforce; Organisational Review of Inland Revenue Department; Ministerial (Todd) Taskforce on Tertiary Education; and Government Appointed Consultative Committee on Taxation of Income from Capital (Valabh Committee).

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