Our role

Aotearoa New Zealand’s housing and urban development system connects to many different sectors in the economy. It affects our social wellbeing, ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and our partnership with Māori. We influence all parts of the system through partnerships and collaborations, working with Kāinga Ora, community housing providers, iwi and Māori, builders and developers, central and local government, and others.

We respond to the here and now, delivering crucial funding, programmes, products and services that improve the supply of housing, in particular more affordable housing.

We’re also setting up the system so it is more responsive to our housing needs and aspirations and can sustainably deliver for generations to come, creating a multi-decade strategic vision, through the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development and MAIHI Ka Ora – the National Māori Housing Strategy. We lead the implementation of this vision on behalf of the government, working and collaborating across the system, monitoring progress and getting input from our partners and stakeholders.

Read more about GPS-HUD 

Read more about MAIHI Ka Ora 

How we work

Our work is underpinned by two principles-based ways of working: Te Maihi o te Whare Māori (MAIHI) Framework for Action and our place-based approach. These complementary approaches enable us, alongside stakeholders and partners, to do the right thing in the right place for the right people.

Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI)

Māori are disproportionately affected by the housing crisis, so we're partnering with Māori on Māori-led solutions. We developed the MAIHI framework and strategy in collaboration with Māori, to work towards achieving safe, healthy, affordable homes with secure tenure for whānau Māori.

Read more about MAIHI 

Place-based

Different communities and places have different needs and aspirations. We work with communities and local organisations to make sure they get housing and urban development solutions that suit their local needs.

Read more about our place-based approach 

Our values

Our values shape how we work together. They are:

  • wānangatia – curiosity
  • arohatia – empathy
  • kōkiritia – drive.

Our principles

Our principles guide how we think about problems and solutions and make sure we focus our efforts where they'll have the biggest impact.

We think about the long term

We focus beyond just short-term solutions to immediate issues, and also look to what is needed over the long term.

We think system-wide

We build evidence and a knowledge-base across the system, so the work we do is based on research and data.

We are people-centred

When we design policies and services, we start with the people who will be affected. Being people-centred also means taking care of those in immediate need.

We are Treaty-anchored

We work to make sure the aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi are at the core of what we do. All our people need the capability and confidence to build effective relationships with Māori and fulfil our obligations as a Treaty partner.

We are whenua-based

As well as the economic and social dimensions of housing and urban development, we also recognise the intergenerational, cultural, spiritual and emotional impacts.

 

Our name  

The name Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga translates to ‘the foundation for a treasured home’. It comes from the Māori proverb ‘he kura kāinga e hokia, he kura tangata e kore e hokia’, or ‘a treasured home will endure, not so a treasured person’.  

It carries a strong connection to our purpose: he kāinga ora, he hapori ora – thriving communities where everyone has a place to call home.  

It speaks to the importance of ensuring the wellbeing of people within the home, our connection with the land, acknowledging the generations of people who have always called this place home, and our commitment to delivering for future generations.  

The name was gifted to Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga by Kingi Kiriona, a passionate advocate for te reo Māori.  

 

Our leadership team

  • Andrew Crisp - Chief Executive

    Andrew has been Chief Executive of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since December 2018.

    Andrew joined HUD as Acting Chief Executive in October 2018, on secondment from his substantive role as Chief Executive at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). At LINZ he was responsible for overseeing a diverse range of functions, with the aim of ensuring New Zealand has accurate information about where people and places are, people have confidence in their property rights and Crown property is well managed for future generations.

    Prior to LINZ, Andrew held a number of leadership roles across the public sector, including at The Treasury, the Department of Labour, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Andrew was part of the leadership team that established MBIE in 2012 and held the role of Deputy Chief Executive, Building, Resources and Markets.

    Andrew began his career in the private sector at accounting and consultancy firm Coopers and Lybrand. He has a broad range of experience across a number of policy and regulatory domains, in operations and in strategy and corporate functions.

    Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from Victoria University of Wellington, and is a Chartered Accountant

  • Kararaina Calcott-Cribb - Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi me Ngāti Kauwhata - Deputy Chief Executive, Tumuaki - Te Kāhui Māori Housing

    Kararaina has a Masters in Māori and Management and has extensive leadership experience, largely in the education sector. She has held senior management roles at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, and several across the Public Sector at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry for Women and Te Puni Kōkiri.

    Previously the Chief Executive of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Kararaina is passionate about ensuring a whanau-centred approach to development, and recognising the importance and place of Māori identity, language and culture in our work. She plays an active role in supporting HUD’s journey as a genuine Treaty partner, working with whānau, hapū and iwi to support sustained housing aspirations for immediate and future generations.

    Kararaina advocates for authenticity to be evident through our work and is committed to ensuring HUD’s principles of ‘treaty-anchored’ and ‘whenua-based’ are upheld in everything we do.

  • Jo Hogg Director - Office of the Chief Executive

    Jo has been with HUD since its establishment in 2018, initially as the Chief Financial Officer and then in other roles, including the lead role in the establishment of Kāinga Ora and Deputy Chief Executive, Funding and Programme Delivery.

    Prior to HUD, she held the Head of Corporate position at Education Payroll Limited. In this role, Jo led the successful establishment and implementation of all corporate functions when the new Crown company was formed at the end of 2014. She has also held roles as the Establishment Manager of the Performance Centre at the Ministry of Education, leading performance planning and reporting, and as the Business Services Manager at the Crown Law Office leading the finance, human resources and performance functions.

    Jo is passionate about contributing to a cause that is important and pivotal in making a difference for New Zealanders. She draws on her experience as a senior leader by focusing on ‘joining up’ the organisation – ensuring the teams and expertise stay connected while continuing to work with everyone along the way.

  • Anne Shaw - Deputy Chief Executive - Solutions Design and Implementation

    Anne is responsible for a number of work programmes at HUD that connect our strategy and vision for the housing system to on the ground delivery of housing supply , support services and high-quality urban development outcomes. This involves designing detailed policy, legislation, funding settings, and tools needed to achieve our priorities for the system, supporting the implementation of new initiatives, and ensuring these remain fit for purpose. Projects include supporting the next stage of the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan, changes to a range of funding and product settings e.g. First Home Products, establishing the Affordable Housing Fund and making legislative changes in the residential tenancy and property management space.

    Since joining HUD, Anne has worked on the development and delivery of a new Public Housing Plan, including new funding settings to enable the plan. She also contributed to the all-of-government COVID-19 response, with a focus on supporting providers, setting up an accommodation service for people who can’t self-isolate safely and making sure that vulnerable individuals and whānau were housed and supported during lockdowns.

    Anne has held senior leadership roles in the public sector for more than a decade. Prior to joining HUD, Anne was on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s executive leadership team, most recently as the Executive Director, Greater Christchurch.

    She has a Masters of Public Management and has come full circle back to Housing after beginning her public sector career at the Ministry of Housing.

  • Brad Ward - Deputy Chief Executive - Organisational Performance

     

    Brad has played a critical role in shaping HUD’s work programme, helping establish our place-based approach to housing and urban development, which works with different communities to create tailored responses and solutions to meet local challenges and aspirations.

    Prior to becoming Deputy Chief Executive - Organisational Performance, Brad  was Deputy Chief Executive Place-based Policy and Programmes. In that  role he oversaw work to increase housing supply, improve housing affordability and support first home buyers, improve affordable rental supply, implement changes to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development to allow faster residential intensification, increase the income and price caps for First Home Grants and Loans and create the Housing Acceleration Fund.

    His other leadership roles at HUD include Head of the Office of the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive KiwiBuild and Large-Scale Developments. In these roles, he was responsible for leading the review and changes to the KiwiBuild programme and establishing both Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities and the Urban Development Act.

    Before joining HUD, Brad spent several years in leadership roles at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Those roles included Head of the Office of the Chief Executive, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Building, Resources and Markets and General Manager responsible for commerce, communications and consumer policy. Prior to that, Brad had a career in financial services, working at AMP Financial Services and Unisys.

  • Ben Dalton - Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou - Deputy Chief Executive - System Delivery and Performance

    Ben joined Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga in 2022 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, where he was the Chief Operating Officer at Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit (previously known as the Provincial Development Unit). He has played a critical role in this unit in the last three years and been an influencing force across a number of areas of the business. Prior to this, Ben has held a variety of key roles at the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Crown Forestry Rental Trust.

    Ben’s extensive and diverse career has enabled him to build strong and deep relationships with iwi and across the private and public sectors. He is a highly experienced, skilled and committed public sector leader.

  • Jo Hughes - Acting Deputy Chief Executive, Intelligence and System Direction

     Jo Hughes

    Jo looks after our Intelligence and System Direction Group. She is a highly experienced leader with a deep understanding and passion for our kaupapa and its purpose. Jo was part of the initial Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga leadership team as DCE, Policy and Performance, and played a key role in supporting our establishment. 

    Jo has come to us from the Office of the Privacy Commission, where she spent close to two years in their leadership team, as Assistant Commissioner of Strategy and Insights. Jo and her team worked across the Office to ensure that their organisational strategy, priorities, and decision-making were evidence-based and intelligence-led and they brought a Te Ao Māori lens to privacy issues and practice.