August 08, 2016
New directors for Tamaki rebuild
A change of the guard for the company implementing the government’s planets to reshape social housing in Glen Innes and surrounding areas.
Bill English, the Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand, has appointed former National MP John Robertson to chair the Tamaki Regeneration Company.
He replaces Brian Donnelly, who is the executive director of the New Zealand Housing Foundation and chaired the ministerial advisory panel on housing reforms.
The company is overseeing a programme to deliver 7500 social, affordable and private homes over the next 10 to 15 years in a joint venture the government and Auckland Council.
The scheme, which has involved the transfer of 2800 Housing New Zealand houses, has sparked protests in the community.
Mr English says as a former MP and former Papakura mayor Mr Robertson has a sound understanding of issues of social and economic well-being, as well as iwi and other communities.
Other new board members are former Ngati Whatua Orakei chief financial officer Diana Puketapu, who is also a director of the Public Trust and Auckland Regional Investments, and investment banker Matthew Harker.
Mr Harker recently returned to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, where he held governance roles with companies involved in the public-private initiatives for retirement care, disabled housing and social housing.
Mr English also thanked Eru Lyndon, who stood down as a director.
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