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Leadership for transition to new HUDA and KiwiBuild

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Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Chief Executive Andrew Crisp has announced new leadership roles to lead the transition to the Housing and Urban Development Authority and for KiwiBuild.

- Brad Ward - Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) KiwiBuild and Large-Scale Projects Transition at HUD.

- Helen O’Sullivan - Head of KiwiBuild Commercial.

- Chris Aiken - overall leadership of the work programme regarding the delivery of Large-Scale Projects and the use of Crown-owned land.

- Sir Brian Roche - leads the establishment of the Authority.

"We need to build more affordable housing for all New Zealanders with urgency. For this to happen we need to start transitioning ahead of the Authority being formally established," Andrew Crisp said.

Brad Ward has been providing operational support to KiwiBuild since late last year and as DCE will lead the provision of KiwiBuild policy and strategic advice, including advice on the reset, and Large-Scale Projects. Mr Crisp said, "Brad will ensure the smooth transition of KiwiBuild and large-scale projects’ operational functions into the development arm of the Authority."

Helen O’Sullivan will lead KiwiBuild’s development operations as Head of KiwiBuild Commercial. Helen’s primary responsibility, working closely with Housing New Zealand (HNZ) and HLC (formerly Hobsonville Land Company), will be to work with builders and developers to accelerate the construction of KiwiBuild homes.

"Helen has extensive experience in property development. She was recently the Chief Executive of Ockham Residential and for four years was the Chief Executive of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. Helen will also assist Brad Ward with advice on the KiwiBuild reset," Mr Crisp said.

Chris Aiken is currently Chief Executive of HLC. Mr Crisp said, "Large-scale projects and Crown-owned land are critical enablers of the Government’s KiwiBuild and public housing build programmes."

Knighted for his services to the state and business in 2016, Sir Brian Roche has been Chief Executive of New Zealand Post, a member of the HNZ board and has a held range of directorships and consulting roles.

"Sir Brian brings a wealth of experience leading change and establishing new organisations. He will lead the establishment of the Authority and help transition KiwiBuild’s delivery functions, together with HNZ and HLC, into the Authority.

"These announcements bring together the combined strength of government and commercial experience to ramp up the delivery of public and affordable housing. Brad, Helen, Chris and Sir Brian are all committed to working together to provide a joined-up approach to the development community and ensure a smooth transition of functions to the Authority.

"A joined-up approach will provide greater clarity of the Government’s priorities for large-scale developments, a better understanding for developers about who to work with and when, and the ability for more efficient processes to be put in place. This transition will evolve over time but I’m excited that we are starting now," Mr Crisp said.

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