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Leadership team

Our leadership team has collective responsibility for the leadership and performance of Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

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.

Steph Rowe


Deputy Chief Executive
System and Organisational Performance

Stephanie joined HUD from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), where she held a number of senior roles including the Head of Intelligence and Operations, and the Director Compliance. Prior to MPI, she was a scientist at the Department of Conservation.

Stephanie’s background in ecology is reflected in her strong system focus, supporting HUD to take a collective view, seeing opportunities across the system and understanding potential flow-on effects.

Stephanie is passionate about how the System and Organisational Performance group can support HUD in its decision making, risk management and long-term strategy. On a day-to-day basis, this means she supports her team to build connections and share perspectives across HUD and with external partners, translate complex evidence and data, and help others understand the housing and urban development system. A core focus for the System and Organisational Performance group is to ensure HUD has the processes, tools and support it needs to enable our people to do great work and to make HUD a great place to be.

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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.

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Deputy Chief Executive
Housing Supply, Response and Partnerships

Anne has worked extensively across the public sector in a range of policy, strategy and corporate roles, including in a number of Ministers’ offices. Prior to joining HUD, she was on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s executive leadership team most recently as the Executive Director, Greater Christchurch Group and previously as Executive Director, Strategy, Governance and Engagement where she was involved in the disestablishment of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

Prior to that, she had over nine years with the Department of Internal Affairs, including leading the government’s information security and privacy work programme and managing local government and community sector policy. She has a Masters of Public Management. She began her public sector career at the Ministry of Housing.

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Deputy Chief Executive
Place-based Policy and Programmes

Brad started his career in the financial services sector, before joining the (former) Ministry of Economic Development, now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). He held numerous leadership roles at MBIE, including Acting Deputy Chief Executive Building, Resources and Markets, General Manager responsible for commerce, communications and consumer policy, and Head of the Office of the Chief Executive.

Brad played a critical role in the establishment and development of HUD, initially appointed in October 2018 as Head of the Office of the Chief Executive and then as DCE KiwiBuild and Large-Scale Developments.

Brad is passionate about helping build an organisation with a strong purpose that will make a difference and that people feel connected to. His leadership style evokes this passion and drive, through encouraging positive change and supporting people to succeed and make a real difference. He draws on his private sector experience and former MBIE role in overseeing the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband in the commercial nous he brings to HUD, both in terms of his focus on making an impact and developing strong relationships with stakeholders.

Jenny Cassie


Deputy Chief Executive
Organisational Performance

Jenny started her career as a commercial and litigation lawyer in a large firm, before spending 10 years as a barrister, specialising in public law and legislative development.  Key projects during this time included being part of the teams that delivered local government reform (the Local Government Act 2002), Crown entities reform (Crown Entities Act 2004) and New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme. She also advised a variety of departments and Crown entities on the operationalisation of legislation.

Since joining the public sector in 2012 Jenny has had a variety of legal manager roles at MBIE, Crown Law, and HUD. She loves the challenge of developing new teams who are passionate about helping and serving the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Jenny has been at HUD since its establishment in October 2018 and is proud of the strides it has taken to improve housing and urban outcomes during that time. She recently stepped into the DCE Organisational Performance role to help with refining and improving systems and processes at HUD.

Published: September 23, 2021