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 - Intelligence and System Direction

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 Intelligence and System Direction 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 Intelligence and System Direction 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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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.



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.

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Deputy Chief Executive - Solutions Design and Implementation

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 - Organisational Performance

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.

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.

Published: September 23, 2021