Our Ministers

Responsible Ministers

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

Associate Ministers

  • Hon Peeni Henare – Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing)
  • Hon Marama Davidson - Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness)

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 (Chair) was a Member of Parliament from 1996 to 2008 and held several Cabinet posts, including Minister of Housing. He is the Chairperson of Counties Manukau DHB and an elected member of the Mt Wellington Licensing Trust. He was the Chair of Housing New Zealand until 30 September 2019.

John Duncan (Deputy Chair) has extensive management experience and experience in global financial markets, including banking and risk management. He is a Deputy Chair of Public Trust and an advisor to Auckland City Council on funding, risk management, balance sheet and capital issues.  He is a member of the DIA Governance Board overseeing the Three Waters Reform Programme, and a former Housing New Zealand Board member and Chair of HLC.

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. He is the Co-Chair of the Tamaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Forum, a Director on Manaaki Whenua and the Blake Trust.

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 Māori and non-Māori individuals and organisations. He was also a Housing New Zealand Branch Manager for Porirua in the late 1980s. 

Distinguished Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman CNZM, QSO, RSNZ, University of Otago, Wellington has a background in public health and focuses on housing, energy, climate change and sustainable cities. She is co-director on He Kāinga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities. She chaired the WHO Housing and Health International Guidelines Group and was a member of the Independent Housing Stocktake Group.  She joined the Housing New Zealand Board in 2018.

Major Campbell Roberts (CNZM) has held senior leadership roles within The Salvation Army Te Ope Whakaora. He is a member of the New Zealand Parole Board, and a director of Utilities Disputes – Tautohetohe Whaipainga and Community Finance.  He was previously a member of the governing boards of the Salvation Army, Housing Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, KiwiBuy and the Mangere Housing Community Regeneration Board. A trusted national advisor on housing issues, his engagements include the Ministerial Shareholders’ Housing Advisory Group, the Prime Ministerial Task Force on Housing Reform, the Ministry of Social Development Housing Reference Group, the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty, and the BRANZ working group on medium-density housing.

John Bridgman has had significant experience in engineering and project management roles for over 35 years, across Australasia and Asia. He is Chief Executive of Ōtākaro Limited, a Government entity delivering Crown-led anchor projects in Christchurch. John has held a variety of senior leadership positions and governance roles including at global infrastructure building company AECOM (as Industry Director – Civil Infrastructure in Australia and as Managing Director for the New Zealand business), as well as governance roles on major infrastructure projects in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. He is also a director of  Waka Kotahi – NZ Transport Agency.

Sir John Hansen has had a distinguished law career spanning over 30 years, across New Zealand and Hong Kong. After retiring from the bench in 2008, he undertook a number of significant community-focused roles such as chairing the independent panel for the new Christchurch District Plan, heading the Red Cross's Earthquake Appeal Commission following the 2010 Christchurch shake, and being on the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust.  He also is a representative on the Courts of Appeal Solomon Island and Vanuatu. John has been involved with cricket all his life, was a member of the Board of New Zealand Cricket and is currently a member of Canterbury Cricket Trust.

Fiona Mules commenced her career as an investment banker specialising in transactions and valuations, before being brought in by the New Zealand Treasury to establish and lead a Public-Private-Partnership programme in New Zealand. Since that time, Fiona has consulted to the New Zealand Government on numerous large-scale infrastructure projects and programmes across the areas of funding, financing, structuring and procurement. Fiona is a former Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Kiwirail Holdings Limited, and is a current Director of Lyttelton Port Company and Rural Livestock Limited. She is also currently a Member of the Government-appointed Southern Response Earthquake Services Independent Oversight Committee.

Nicole Anderson is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors (CMInstD) with a background in financial management and business development.  Nicole is currently Director of the Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Co, Top Energy, Chair of Northland Inc. and Deputy Chair of the International Accreditation Council.

Nicole was raised in Tāmaki and Te Tai Tokerau and is now farming in the far north.  She is passionate about whānau ora and community development.

Ko Ngāpuhi tōna iwi, nō Hokianga ia. Ka noho ia ki Kerikeri ki te taha o tōna whānau.

Our Leadership Team

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

Meet the LeadershipTeam

Chief Executive: Andrew McKenzie

DCE Auckland & Northland: Caroline Butterworth

  • Regional Director Counties Manukau: Angela Pearce
  • Regional Director Central & East: John Tubberty
  • Regional Director Northland: Jeff Murray
  • Regional Director North & West: Taina Jones

DCE Central: Daniel Soughtton

  • Regional Director Waikato: Mark Rawson
  • Regional Director Taranaki, Manawatu & Whanganui: Graeme Broderick
  • Regional Director Wellington & Kapiti: Greg Groufsky
  • Regional Director Bay of Plenty: Darren Toy
  • Regional Director East North Island: Naomi Whitewood

DCE South Island: Paul Commons

  • Regional Director Nelson, Marborough & West Coast: Julia Campbell
  • Regional Director Otago & Southland: Kerrie Young
  • Regional Director Canterbury: Liz Krause

Ringa Raupā DCE Māori: Te Ariki Pihama

General Manager Strategy, Finance & Policy: Gareth Stiven

General Manager National Services: Nick Maling

General Manager Urban Planning & Design: Katja Lietz

General Manager Urban Development & Delivery: Mark Fraser

General Manager Construction & Innovation: Patrick Dougherty

General Manager Commercial: Caroline McDowall

General Manager People, Governance & Capability: Rowan Macrae

Page updated: 13 January 2023