New head at Tainui investments

Chris Joblin says people from Gisborne are well grounded, have a can-do attitude and can communicate with many different people from different backgrounds.

Chris Joblin says people from Gisborne are well grounded, have a can-do attitude and can communicate with many different people from different backgrounds.

PROUD OF HIS ROOTS: New Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Chris Joblin grew up here and worked in GDC's finance department for two years before heading to England to further his career. Picture supplied

Chris Joblin’s advice is to embrace change and never be afraid to try new things.

Personally it has taken him around the world and professionally, at only 42 years old, it has taken him to the top of Tainui Group Holdings, the company that manages an $875 million investment portfolio for the Waikato Tainui iwi.

Born in Gisborne, he grew up on Stanley Road with his parents Kevin and Carol Joblin, and three siblings.

He went to St Mary’s and Campion College before leaving home at 17 to study accounting and finance at Waikato University.

Chris Joblin is proud of his Gisborne roots and attributes his success to key things he learned growing up that have really helped him along his career path.

“Opportunities are there for everyone. You will see from my career that I’ve done different things and embracing change has unlocked a lot of my career.

“As people from Gisborne we are well grounded, we have a can-do attitude and can communicate with many different people from different backgrounds.

“I’ve found that particularly important through my whole career.”

During the university holidays he would come home to work at Van Leer — the company that made the packaging for Cedenco.

After he graduated, Mr Joblin took a role as assistant accountant at Gisborne District Council and stayed there for two years — a great place to work and where he learned a lot, he said.

Like most young men, the next step was his big overseas experience.

“I lived in the UK for about five years to broaden both my career and personal development.”

It also expanded his motoring horizons and left him with a life-long love for European cars. Mr Joblin’s job in England was as an accountant at Pendragon PLC — the largest retailer of cars like Jaguars, Aston Martins and Ferraris. One of the perks was being given a new car to drive every three months.

“So you can imagine as a young Kiwi boy from Gisborne — I thought it was great. You name it, I had everything from Fords to Jaguars.”

After Mr Joblin, a chartered accountant, returned to New Zealand he worked as chief financial manager at meat processor AFFCO. It was an industry he loved.

But when he was approached six years ago to apply for the chief financial officer position at Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), it coincided perfectly with him feeling like it was time to do something different again. After seven years at AFFCO it was time to learn and experience new things, he said.

Mr Joblin joined TGH in December 2009 and has been acting in the top role following Mike Pohio’s resignation in April. He was formally named as the new head last month.

It did not matter to the Waikato Tainui that Mr Joblin had no direct whakapapa as their focus was more about getting the right person for the role.

TGH has big growth aspirations for their multimillion-dollar investment portfolio, which Mr Joblin will play a major role in building up for future generations of the Waikato Tainui.

“Maori have such an important role to play in New Zealand, both in a social and economic sense, and if I can play a part in unlocking some of that development — that would be a great achievement.

“We have a clear strategy that will see us build a diverse investment portfolio.”

Their multi-market approach means they have invested in companies like Waikato Milking Systems and Go Bus, they own a large chunk of Genesis Energy, plus their money is also in property, agriculture and in the primary sector in farming, fishing and forestry.

TGH was formed in the early 2000s to manage the commercial wealth of the Waikato Tainui who received a $170 million settlement with the Crown 20 years ago.

Mr Joblin says there has been steady growth and that will continue in to the future. Today he lives in Hamilton with his wife Colleen and their two children, and he drives a Mercedes GL.

Chris Joblin’s advice is to embrace change and never be afraid to try new things.

Personally it has taken him around the world and professionally, at only 42 years old, it has taken him to the top of Tainui Group Holdings, the company that manages an $875 million investment portfolio for the Waikato Tainui iwi.

Born in Gisborne, he grew up on Stanley Road with his parents Kevin and Carol Joblin, and three siblings.

He went to St Mary’s and Campion College before leaving home at 17 to study accounting and finance at Waikato University.

Chris Joblin is proud of his Gisborne roots and attributes his success to key things he learned growing up that have really helped him along his career path.

“Opportunities are there for everyone. You will see from my career that I’ve done different things and embracing change has unlocked a lot of my career.

“As people from Gisborne we are well grounded, we have a can-do attitude and can communicate with many different people from different backgrounds.

“I’ve found that particularly important through my whole career.”

During the university holidays he would come home to work at Van Leer — the company that made the packaging for Cedenco.

After he graduated, Mr Joblin took a role as assistant accountant at Gisborne District Council and stayed there for two years — a great place to work and where he learned a lot, he said.

Like most young men, the next step was his big overseas experience.

“I lived in the UK for about five years to broaden both my career and personal development.”

It also expanded his motoring horizons and left him with a life-long love for European cars. Mr Joblin’s job in England was as an accountant at Pendragon PLC — the largest retailer of cars like Jaguars, Aston Martins and Ferraris. One of the perks was being given a new car to drive every three months.

“So you can imagine as a young Kiwi boy from Gisborne — I thought it was great. You name it, I had everything from Fords to Jaguars.”

After Mr Joblin, a chartered accountant, returned to New Zealand he worked as chief financial manager at meat processor AFFCO. It was an industry he loved.

But when he was approached six years ago to apply for the chief financial officer position at Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), it coincided perfectly with him feeling like it was time to do something different again. After seven years at AFFCO it was time to learn and experience new things, he said.

Mr Joblin joined TGH in December 2009 and has been acting in the top role following Mike Pohio’s resignation in April. He was formally named as the new head last month.

It did not matter to the Waikato Tainui that Mr Joblin had no direct whakapapa as their focus was more about getting the right person for the role.

TGH has big growth aspirations for their multimillion-dollar investment portfolio, which Mr Joblin will play a major role in building up for future generations of the Waikato Tainui.

“Maori have such an important role to play in New Zealand, both in a social and economic sense, and if I can play a part in unlocking some of that development — that would be a great achievement.

“We have a clear strategy that will see us build a diverse investment portfolio.”

Their multi-market approach means they have invested in companies like Waikato Milking Systems and Go Bus, they own a large chunk of Genesis Energy, plus their money is also in property, agriculture and in the primary sector in farming, fishing and forestry.

TGH was formed in the early 2000s to manage the commercial wealth of the Waikato Tainui who received a $170 million settlement with the Crown 20 years ago.

Mr Joblin says there has been steady growth and that will continue in to the future. Today he lives in Hamilton with his wife Colleen and their two children, and he drives a Mercedes GL.

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