Warren Lindberg, Chief Executive Officer
Public Health Association of New Zealand
“Rob excels in capturing complex, woolly or poorly articulated ideas and communicating their essence succinctly in plain language. His exposure to public health and its challenges makes him a subject expert on a range of topics such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs – and his writing about these topics demonstrates a genuine empathy for human dilemmas.
“He is exceptionally efficient, respects deadlines, is an amenable team member and has a dry sense of humour that makes him a pleasure to work with.”
Zoe Martin-Hawke, General Manager, National Tobacco Control Advocacy
Hāpai te Hauora
“Hāpai te Hauora is a iwi-owned organisation in tripartite with Ngāti Whatua, Waipareira and Tainui. We are a Māori public health leadership group delivering both national and regional health provisions on a range of health issues.
“Rob is our communication point for a fortnightly e-newsletter that is disseminated on behalf of the National Tobacco Control Advocacy service for Aotearoa New Zealand. He has held this position since June 2016.
“I have found Rob to be extremely diligent, responsive and reliable in all his dealings with both myself as General Manager for the service, but also with my staff who have reported on his performance as being very useful, timely and professional.
“Our service works within a very strong indigenous worldview and Rob has been sensitive and adaptable to our specific approach which demonstrates his capacity and capability to deliver to a range of audiences. In this case, preparing an e-newsletter that is sent out to a range of communities. This has made our communications job very easy and allows us to pursue other areas of our work.
Dr Vanessa Caldwell, National Manager
“Rob has become an integral and valued member of our team. He has worked to understand the nuances of our sector and his work is always of a very high standard. Rob is flexible, reliable and consistently delivers work to meet our deadlines for publications even when timeframes are tight for turn around.
“It is testament to the quality of his work that, not long after our team became a division of Te Pou Ltd, he also became a preferred provider for their communications requirements and now works across the whole of the organisation.”
“Matua Raki is the national addictions workforce development centre withinTe Pou o te Whakaaro Nui. We support the addiction sector through resource development, training, service and leadership development and hosting sector events.
“I would not hesitate to recommend Rob to any organisation looking to enhance their communications internally and/or externally and would be happy to provide more detail via e-mail or phone as required.”
Tim Antric, Executive Director
Public Libraries of New Zealand
“Rob, you were delight to work with. You ‘got it’ faster than any communications consultant I’ve worked with, taking minimal briefs and turning them into something newsworthy – fast. Your ability to do this even when you’ve had zero exposure to the subject matter is legendary. But more than anything, your great media connections mean you’ve exposed us to the right people. Thanks!”
Dr Prudence Stone, Director 2009-2016
“Rob provided communications services to the Smokefree Coalition from 2007 to 2016. During that time he also acted as the Coalition’s Communications Manager.
“Rob has a very good understanding of how the media works and how to work with journalists to bring public health matters to the general public. He provided media training and his advice on using the media in publicity campaigns was truly invaluable.
“Rob also has a unique ability to write about issues, capturing and expressing them in ways the everyday person can understand and relate to. His editing skills and ability to structure information added great value to the Coalition’s publications, as did his understanding of public health in New Zealand.
“Rob compiled, laid out and distributed the Coalition’s fortnightly e-newsletter, the Tobacco Control Update. His reliability, design skills and expertise with HTML were very much valued by the Update’s regular readers, as much as by ourselves.
“On a personal note, Rob also edited my book, Black: One Nation’s Identity – a Global Politic, and provided good advice about how to make some of its material more accessible. He helped me explain complicated concepts simply and this was much appreciated.
“Rob is easy to work with, approaches tasks with positivity and engagement, and has a great sense of humour. I have no hesitation in recommending him and the services of Windhover Communications.”
Frances Russell, Project Lead
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui
“On numerous occasions Rob has provided our organisation with a dedicated and professional service. The articles he wrote for us clearly captured and summarised the presentations given at our events. This has enabled us to feel confident we are communicating effectively with the Mental Health and Addictions sector about our initiatives. In addition to this, Rob is highly adaptable and fantastic to deal with.”
Gay Keating, Department of Public Health
University of Otago
“I’ve found Rob to be really easy to work with. He speaks to me in English, not in Geek, and delivers what and when we’ve agreed. It’s very pleasant to work with someone like this. He does not suffer from the industry illness of over-promising and under-delivering!”
Child Wellbeing Network
“I have worked with Rob for the last six years on the Child Wellbeing Network bulletin. The bulletin’s success is a direct result of Rob’s professionalism and reliability. His writing ability and eye for detail are real strengths, as is his technical knowledge. However, the main thing I value about working with Rob is his commitment to children’s issues and the Child Wellbeing Network’s kaupapa.
“Over the years I have worked with him Rob has been steadfast in helping us build awareness and understanding about child wellbeing through the bulletin. Nothing is ever too much trouble for him; he is an excellent, constructive problem-solver and his calm, capable manner make him an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Angela Gruar, Manager Practice and Leadership
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui has worked with Rob for a number of years. We have asked him to undertake interviews and develop and finalise stories about both professionals and services working in the mental health sector. Rob has also covered events we have run, and the stories developed from these events have hit the mark.
“He has done this work professionally and respectfully, and has engaged well with interviewees. The quality of the stories and the language used are well aligned to our organisation, and we feel confident that Rob is able to deliver what we need. He is proactive and able to just get on with the job, but will seek clarity when required.
“Te Pou’s services have always been open to Rob working with them to develop stories on their behalf, and we have no hesitation in Rob working directly with services given his professional and respectful approach.
“I would recommend Rob for any journalism work you may have – he is our go to person!”
Steve Ritchie, Managing Director
DTS Ltd, the only seamlessly integrated trans-Tasman ISP
“I have known Rob since we worked together as managers at Actrix Networks Ltd in the late 1990s, in fact it was I who promoted him. During the time I have known him I have been impressed by his work ethic, his skills with language and his abilities as a writer.
“When forming DTS we used Rob’s skills to help us structure our website content. He also writes a blog for us and designs regular marketing material. He is quick to understand what we want him to write about and his pieces are consistently engaging and entertaining. His turnaround time is also impressive.
“We intend to keep using Rob’s services into the future and recommend you do too.”
Karline DeBoer, Director
Research Services Ltd
“Rob was very important in helping me set up my business. He is always helpful. His work is of a high standard and very professional.”