Paul is widely respected in Aotearoa and globally as a modern Māori leader, lobbyist and entrepreneur who has been at the centre of economic development and political advocacy for Māori for over 30 years. His experience as a director and in governance roles spans both the public and private sectors across agribusiness, property, science, innovation, entrepreneurial start-ups and business generally.
Paul has been on the board of Wakatū Incorporation since 1986 and Chair since 2001. Since 2011 he has also been the chair of the board of Kono, the food and beverage business division of Wakatū. he is the former chief executive of the Federation of Māori Authorities (1996-2007), New Zealand's largest Māori business network.
In 2009, Paul was awarded a QSO for his contribution to Māori business and significant developments within the Māori community. In 2019, Paul was recognised at the prestigious University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards, receiving the 2019 Te Tohu mō te Kaiārahi Whakahaere Māori – Māori Governance Leader Award. In 2020 he was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. In the 2023 New Zealand New Years Honours, Paul was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to Māori and business.
He is a member of the Kahui Wai Māori — the Māori Freshwater Forum, and director of Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga — the High Value Nutrition Science Challenge. He is a Trustee of the New Zealand China Council.