Our Ministers

Responsible Ministers

  • Hon Dr Megan Woods – Minister of Housing
  • Hon Grant Robertson – Minister of Finance

Housing and Urban Development Ministers

  • Hon Phil Twyford – Minister for Urban Development
  • Hon Nanaia Mahuta – Associate Minister of Housing
  • Hon Kris Faafoi – Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing)

Our Board

The Board has wide-ranging responsibilities, including setting the organisation’s strategic direction and annual performance expectations (in conjunction with the Minister), managing risk and ensuring compliance, and maintaining appropriate relationships with key stakeholders.

Our Board members are:

Vui Mark Gosche (Chairperson) was a Member of Parliament from 1996 to 2008 and held several Cabinet posts, including Minister of Housing.  Until recently he was the Chief Executive of Vaka Tautua, a Pacifica-based health and social services provider, and Chairperson of Counties Manukau DHB.  He was the Chair of Housing New Zealand until 30 September 2019.

Ngarimu Blair has strong Māori governance experience including leading the restructuring of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Group into a modern post-settlement governance entity in 2012. He is presently a director on Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Ltd, a large property company responsible for the protection and growth of the tribe's commercial assets.

Dr Nicola Crauford is a professional company director with extensive governance and senior management experience and a background in infrastructure and engineering.  Her governance portfolio spans energy, water and telecommunications utilities, science research and development, fire and emergency management, and environmental protection and regulation.

John Duncan has extensive management experience and experience in global financial markets, including banking and risk management.  He is a director of Public Trust and an advisor to Auckland City Council on funding, risk management, balance sheet and capital issues and the Executive Director for the Auckland Investment Office. He is a former Housing New Zealand Board member and Chair of HLC. 

Robin Hapi CNZM is Chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and Chair of Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa.  He has significant governance experience across not-for-profit organisations, commercial and tertiary entities.  Robin has expertise in management, financial management, dispute resolution, and strategic planning and maintains a wide national network of Maori and non-Maori individuals and organisations. He was also a Housing New Zealand Branch Manager for Porirua in the late 1980s.

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from Otago University Medical School, has a background in public health, with a focus on housing, energy, climate change and sustainable cities. She chaired the WHO Housing and Health Guidelines Group and was a member of the Independent Housing Stocktake Group.  She joined the Housing New Zealand Board in July 2018.

Penelope Hulse has significant experience in local government growth and planning including many years involved in developing the Auckland Unitary Plan. Penny has 27 years of governance experience, with much of her last nine years on Auckland Council including the role of Deputy Mayor from 2010 to 2016.

Victoria Kingi is the Managing Director of Papakainga Solutions Limited. She has a strong RMA legal background and strategic governance expertise with a good understanding of regulatory frameworks. She has served on several governance boards and provided strategic advice to local, regional and central government on their planning, policy and strategic documents.

Our Executive Team

Kāinga Ora’s Executive Team works collectively to successfully deliver on Kāinga Ora’s objectives and goals.

Meet the Executive Leadership Team

  • Andrew McKenzie, Chief Executive
  • DCE, People and Homes: Paul Commons
  • DCE, Corporate: Rowan Macrae
  • DCE, Finance: Matthew Needham
  • Acting DCE, Partnerships and Community Engagement: Caroline Butterworth
  • Acting DCE, Urban Development - Planning: Katja Lietz
  • Acting DCE, Urban Development - Delivery: Caroline McDowall and Mark Fraser
  • Acting DCE, Governance: Greg Groufsky
  • Acting DCE, Construction and Innovation: Patrick Dougherty
  • Acting DCE, Strategy and Investment roles: Gareth Stiven
  • Acting Special Advisor to the CE position: Andrew Booker
  • Acting Chief Advisor Māori: Te Ariki Pihama

Page updated: 3 February 2020