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Interim Social Housing Unit Director appointed

Hon Phil Heatley
Minister for Housing

29 August 2011

Interim Social Housing Unit Director appointed

Housing Minister Phil Heatley has welcomed the appointment of interim Social Housing Unit (SHU) Director, Michael Pead.

"The establishment of the SHU and Michael’s appointment is an important step towards implementing Government’s aim of achieving a significant increase in the volume of social, niche and affordable housing delivered by the third sector," says Mr Heatley.

Earlier this year we announced that $40 million had been set aside to help the third sector grow the volume of social housing.

"The role of the SHU, currently a semi-autonomous unit within the Department of Building and Housing, will be to administer that funding and to actively work with third sector providers to explore and develop opportunities to increase the social and affordable housing pool," says Mr Heatley.

"The Community Housing sector has repeatedly told us and have demonstrated that they are ready, willing and able to step up to provide social and affordable housing at volume. The role of the SHU is to assist the sector with this aim, providing funding, land and if appropriate surplus Housing New Zealand stock, to enable them to leverage the greatest volume of housing possible," says Mr Heatley.

Mr Pead will take the role until a permanent Director is appointed.

Mr Heatley also announced the appointment of a new four-person panel to monitor the progress of social housing reforms.

Chaired by Brian Donnelly, the Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) will advise Ministers on how well the reforms are progressing, the results being achieved, and any major issues that arise.

"We have a very important programme of change underway in social housing, the role of the MAP is to ensure Ministers know exactly how the SHU and social housing reforms are progressing," says Mr Heatley.

The Panel members are:

• Brian Donnelly, Chair
• Andrew Body
• Rau Hoskins
• Lisa Woolley

"The Panel members all have significant expertise in the sector, which equips them well for this work. The MAP will not be involved in the day-to-day management of the SHU or in grant decisions but will instead provide Ministers directly with independent advice on the direction and progress of reforms. This will avoid any conflict of interest issues," Minister Heatley says.

Biographies:

Michael Pead
Michael has an extensive commercial background which includes senior management and consultancy experience, in both the private and public sector. He is also a chartered accountant. Michael will lead the Social Housing Unit until the permanent Director is appointed.

Brian Donnelly
Brian Donnelly is the Executive Director of the NZ Housing Foundation. Brian is a trustee of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT), a member of the Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, the Chair of the Wilson Home Trust, and a member of Auckland’s Social Policy Forum. He is also a Director of Bridon Group Ltd – a small property consultancy practice and was a member of the Housing Shareholders Advisory Group.

Andrew Body
Andrew Body is a Director of Crown Fibre Holdings Limited. He was a shareholder and Director of FR Partners until 2001.

He has 20 years experience as investment banker & private banker focussing on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising.

He will contribute experience in business and particularly the property sector. Andrew was a member of the Housing Shareholder Advisory Group.

Rau Hoskins
Rau Hoskins (Ngāti Wai, and Ngāti Hau) is a director of the Design TRIBE architectural practice specialising in kaupapa Maori design. Rau has lectured in Maori architecture at the Auckland and UNITEC School’s of Architecture since 1990 and currently co-heads Te Hononga - The Centre for Maori Architecture and Appropriate Technologies at Unitec. Rau wrote the Maori Housing design guide in 2002, convened the inaugural hui of Maori design professionals in 2006 and was an elected delegate of the National Maori Housing Conference in 2010. He is a founding board member of the Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa New Zealand, a member of the Council for Community Housing Aotearoa, and the Acting Chair of Te Matapihi National Housing Advocacy Group. Rau holds a Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Auckland.

Lisa Woolley
Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of the VisionWest Community Trust in West Auckland, which has been offering community-based services to people in West Auckland since the 1980’s. The Trust’s work includes providing safe, healthy, affordable, quality housing for low-income families combined with support for other aspects of the tenants’ lives. Lisa is also a member of the Council for Community Housing Aotearoa. She has a Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management and is currently studying towards a Masters in Social Practice.

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