Roger is of Te Arawa andÂ Tainui descent. He is ChairÂ of the Te Arawa River IwiÂ Trust and wasÂ the inauguralÂ Chief Executive Officer ofÂ Te Arawa Group HoldingsÂ (TAGH), the commercialÂ arm of Te Arawa.Â Roger was previously aÂ business consultant withÂ a range of commercialÂ clients. This includedÂ consultancy work for theÂ New Zealand GovernmentÂ in United Nations climateÂ change forums acrossÂ Europe.Â Roger has a backgroundÂ in the primary sectorÂ having spent five yearsÂ as a senior manager withÂ AgResearch. His interestsÂ include the dairy, sheepÂ and beef industries.
Roger continues to serveÂ as a Chairman and TrusteeÂ of MÄori land trustsÂ which hold interestsÂ in the geothermal andÂ agribusiness sectors.