Our People

Ruth Berry

Challenge Director

Ruth has played several significant roles within the building sector, most recently in the BRANZ Research Strategy Group as the Construction Systems Working Group Project Manager. She was also Executive Officer for the Independent Research Association of New Zealand as well as being one of the BRANZ representatives on the IRANZ committee.

Board

Gena Moses-Te Kani

Co-Chair

Ngāti Kuia te Iwi, Kurahaupo te Waka

Gena is the technical lead for the Iwi Leaders Group for Housing of the National Iwi Chairs Forum working with and for iwi on housing issues, promoting active treaty partnership with Crown agencies, and influencing appropriate policy across the sector. Gena also leads iwi environmental management for large infrastructure projects which have successfully implemented a treaty partnership in a public private partnership (PPP). She is involved in a range of innovative boards and advisory groups including the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

Hope Simonsen

Co-Chair

Hope has nearly 20 years’ experience in affordable and social housing, including community housing, private property, and central government. She is currently Emerge Aotearoa’s national housing manager. Emerge Aotearoa provides emergency housing and support services and long-term social housing for whānau and individuals from Whangarei to Christchurch. Ms Simonsen is also the chair of the Auckland Community Housing Provider Network - a network of 21 housing providers in Tāmaki Makaurau. She was previously chair of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust for six years.

Rawiri Faulkner

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Huia, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Toarangatira

Rawiri hails from Maketu in the Bay of Plenty. He was General Manager Māori Partnerships at the Greater Wellington Regional Council, General Manager Māori Strategy at GNS Science, and he has also held roles at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) and Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST). Rawiri is a qualified Independent Environmental Hearing Commissioner and has served on a number of review panels and hearings. Currently Rawiri is working with Kāinga Ora to develop partnerships with Ngāti Toa amongst other initiatives. He is currently a member of Ngā Kaihautu Tikanga Taiao with the EPA and has previously held a number of governance roles with Greater Wellington Regional Council, Chair of Orotokare Trust, Kapiti Island Tours Ltd, Whitireia Park Board, and Chair of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna.

Lena Henry

Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa

Lena has worked as a Planner since 1999, primarily working with local government, iwi authorities, and community organisations. She is a Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland. Her specialist teaching, supervisory, and research interests include:

  • Indigenous and local government relationships in [post]colonial societies

  • Mātauranga Māori and planning

  • The application of dual urban planning methods

  • Planning for diversity, difference, and equality

Lena’s research contributes to the broader discipline of indigenous planning and her PhD study is focused on the pursuit of Tino Rangatiratanga in the 21st Century.

Dr Murray Poulter

Murray, originally from Motueka, is a former NIWA Chief Scientist. His research career included work in the UK, Germany, US, Canada and Antarctica. Murray has skills in governance, environmental research, and science management. As part of his role in NIWA, he was involved in setting up and overseeing multi-agency collaborations including the Natural Hazards Platform, The NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, and the National e-Science Infrastructure. Murray has also chaired the BRANZ Levy Allocation Advisory Group. He currently lives in Tasman and is Deputy Chair of the Nelson Marlborough Department of Conservation Board and a Trustee of the Tasman Environmental Trust.

Andrew Reding

Andrew held several senior roles in Europe before relocating to New Zealand in 1994. He joined Fletcher Challenge in 1995 and became Chief Executive of the Building Products and Steel Group in 2001. He joined the Rank Group in 2006 where he was involved in the acquisition and management of the Evergreen Packaging businesses in the USA, as well as managing the Carter Holt Harvey Pulp, Paper and Packaging assets in New Zealand. Andrew is currently Chair of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Acceleration Committee, a Director of the New Zealand Shareholders' Association and Chair of its Auckland Branch, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd as well as Avertana Ltd.

Dr Hope Tupara

Hope is an experienced Māori leader with extensive governance experience and a background in public health research, including wider housing and community issues. She is a ministerial appointment on the National Ethics Advisory Committee and president of Ikaroa Region Māori Women’s Welfare League. Dr Tupara is also a former chair of Te Rūnanga o Turanganui a Kiwa and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri Iwi Trust, and was an iwi chair on the Whānau Ora Partnership Group. The Whānau Ora Partnership Group, made up of equal numbers of iwi chairs and government ministers, provides strategic leadership for Whānau Ora including the Whānau Ora Outcomes Framework.

Challenge Associates

Homes and spaces for generations

Affordable Housing for Generations

Programme Co-Leader
Dr Kay Saville-Smith (CRESA)
Contact: kay@cresa.co.nz

Programme Co-Leader and Kaupapa Maori Research Lead
Dr Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd)
Contact: fionac@katoa.net.nz

Component A: Markets, Housing Distribution and Wellbeing

Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator Dr Kay Saville-Smith (CRESA)
Contact: kay@cresa.co.nz

Researchers
Dr Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd)
Dr Lynn Riggs (MOTU)
Dr Ganesh Nana (BERL)
Dr Gauri Nandedkar (University of Waikato/Independent researcher)

Component B: Price Points for Affordable Housing and Housing Affordable for Key Workers

Principal Investigators
Ian Mitchell (Livingston Associates Ltd)
Contact: ian.mitchell@Livingstonassociates.co.nz

Dr Michael Rehm (University of Auckland)
Contact: m.rehm@auckland.ac.nz

Researchers
Dr Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd)
Dr Kay Saville-Smith (CRESA)
Dr William Cheung (University of Auckland)

Component C: Meaning of Home and Dimensions of Affordability

Principal Investigator
Dr Bev James (Public Policy & Research Ltd)
Contact: bev@bevjames.nz

Kaupapa Maori Research Lead
Dr Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd)

Researchers
Dr Kay Saville-Smith (CRESA)
Dr Tepora Emery (Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology)
Dr Patrick Barrett (University of Waikato)
Dr Elsie Ho (Associate University of Auckland/CRESA)
Dr Tara Coleman (Independent researcher)
James Berghan (University of Otago)
Anna Adcock (Victoria University of Wellington)

Component D: Affordable Housing and the Impact of Dwellings

Principal Investigator
Vicki White (BRANZ)
Contact: Vicki.White@branz.co.nz

Researchers
Dr Kay Saville-Smith (CRESA)
Dr Tepora Emery (Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology)
Dr Lynn Riggs (MOTU)
Dr Nigel Isaacs (School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington)
James Berghan (University of Otago)
Anna Adcock (Victoria University of Wellington)

Component E: Realising Housing’s Public Good – Funding and Developing Fit for People Housing Futures

Principal Investigator
Ian Mitchell (Livingston Associates Ltd)
Contact: ian.mitchell@Livingstonassociates.co.nz

Researchers
Dr Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd)
Dr Kay Saville-Smith (CRESA)
Dr Tepora Emery (Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology)
Dr Bev James (Public Policy & Research Ltd)
Patricia Austin (University of Auckland)
James Berghan (University of Otago)
Anna Adcock (Victoria University of Wellington)

Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua

I. UIKI - Urban intergenerational Kāinga Innovations

UIKI -Programme Co-leader and Te Whare Kahui Project Leader

Rau Hoskins (Unitec Institute of Technology)
Contact: rhoskins@unitec.ac.nz

(UIKI) Marae ki te Kāinga Project Leader

Rihi Te Nana (Unitec Institute of Technology)
Contact: rtenana@unitec.ac.nz

UIKI Programme Co-leader and Rangatahi ki te Kāinga Project Co-leader

Prof Jenny Lee-Morgan (Unitec Institute of Technology)
Contact: jleemorgan@unitec.ac.nz

(UIKI) Rangatahi ki te Kāinga Project Co-leader

Jacqueline Paul (Unitec Institute of Technology)
Contact: jaackiepaul@gmail.com

(UIKI) Kāinga Rawa Project Leader

Irene Kereama-Royal (Unitec Institute of Technology)
Contact: anewa.royal@gmail.com

II. He Kāinga Pai Rawa - Kaumātua and intergenerational housing needs

Programme Co-Leaders

Dr Sophie Nock (Waikato University)
Contact: Sophie.Nock@waikato.ac.nz

Prof John Oetzel (Waikato University)
Contact: John.oetzel@waikato.ac.nz

III. Papakāinga Whenu: Growing Papakāinga into the Future

Programme Co-Leaders

Willie Edwards (Taumata Associates)
Contact: wjwedwards@gmail.com

Mihi Ratima (Taumata Associates)
Contact: mihiratima@gmail.com

IV. Huaki – Uncovering the numbers to empower Maori

Programme leader

Dr John Reid (Ngai Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury)
Contact: John.Reid@canterbury.ac.nz

V. Poipoia Te Kākano Kia Puāwai

Programme leader

Dr Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd)
Contact: fionac@katoa.net.nz

Dr Tepora Emery (Toi Ohomai)
Contact: Tepora.Emery@toiohomai.ac.nz

See profiles of the Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua Research Team at Our Research Team.

Thriving Regions – He Pā Harakeke

North Island Programme

Programme Lead
Jonathan Kilgour (National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato)
Contact: jonathan.kilgour@waikato.ac.nz

Project 1: Matariki Hunga, Matariki Ahunga Nui

Principal Investigator
Kym Hamilton (Kaarearea Institute for Change)
Contact: kym.hamilton001@gmail.com

Researcher
Aramanu Ropiha

Project 2: Whakamanahia te Rangatiratanga o Mana Whenua

Principal Investigators
James and Amy Whetu (Whetu Consulting Group)
Contact: james@whetugroup.co.nz / amy@whetugroup.co.nz

Researcher
Haupai Montgomery

Project 3: He Raraunga Hapori

Principal Investigator
Dr John Ryks (Karearea Institute for Change)
Contact: john.ryks@gmail.com

Researcher
Moana Rarere (National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis)

South Island Programme

Programme Lead
Dr Mike Mackay (AgResearch / Adjunct Lincoln University)
Contact: mike.mackay@agresearch.co.nz / michael.mackay@lincoln.ac.nz

Project 1: Reimagining Timaru

Principal Investigator
Emeritus Professor Harvey Perkins (People and Places Limited / The University of Auckland)
Contact: harvey@peopleandplaces.co.nz / h.perkins@auckland.ac.nz

Researchers / Advisors
Dr Mike Mackay (AgResearch)
Tracy Nelson (AgResearch)
Dr Jude Wilson (Jude Wilson Consultancy)

Project 2: Oamaru: Work, housing, and community well-being

Principal Investigator
Dr Nick Taylor (Nick Taylor and Associates)
Contact: nick@tba.co.nz

Researchers / Advisors
Dr Mike Mackay (AgResearch)
Dr Jude Wilson (Jude Wilson Consultancy)
Associate Professor Malcolm Campbell (University of Canterbury)

Project 3: Kia Horomaka

Principal Investigator
Kym Hamilton (Karearea Institute for Change)
Contact: kym.hamilton001@gmail.com

Advisors
Dr Mike Mackay, Jonathan Kilgour, Maire Kipa, James Morrison, Darrell Chick, Benita Wakefield, Julian Phillips
Community Researcher: Kym Hamilton (Karearea Institute for Change)

Project 4: Regional analytics: Accommodation sharing in the regions

Principal Investigator
Dr Nick Taylor (Nick Taylor & Associates)
Contact: nick@tba.co.nz

Researchers / Advisors
Dr Mike Mackay (AgResearch)
Dr Jude Wilson (Jude Wilson Consultancy)
Associate Professor Malcolm Campbell (University of Canterbury)

Project 5: Regional transitions

PhD Candidate: Alyssa Ryan (University of Otago)
Contact: ryaal830@student.otago.ac.nz

Lead Supervisor: Dr Sean Connelly (University of Otago)
Supervisor: Professor Etienne Nel (University of Otago)
Advisor: Dr Mike Mackay (AgResearch)

See profiles of the Principal Investigators at Our Research Team.

Urban Wellbeing

Activating water sensitive urban design for healthy resilient communities

Robyn Simcock, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Jonathan Moores, NIWA
Sue Ira, Koru Environmental Consultants
Chris Batstone, Batstone Associates

Autonomous vehicles and urban environments: Implications for wellbeing in an aging society

Helen Fitt, University of Canterbury
Angela Curl, University of Canterbury
Rita Dionosio, University of Canterbury
Amy Fletcher, University of Canterbury
Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll, University of Canterbury
Bob Frame, Frameworks

Co-designing with children

Karen Witten, Massey University (SHORE, Auckland)
Emerald McPhee, Massey University (SHORE, Auckland)
Penelope Carroll, Massey University (SHORE, Auckland)

Delivering urban wellbeing

Kelly Dombrowski, University of Canterbury
Gradon Diprose, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
David Conradson, University of Canterbury
Stephen Healy, Western Sydney University
Alison Watkins, University of Canterbury

Give us space

Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland
Dory Reeves, University of Auckland
Rebecca Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington

Mauri ora and urban wellbeing

Amanda Yates, Auckland University of Technology
Erica Hinckson, Auckland University of Technology
Monique Jansen, Auckland University of Technology
Rebecca Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington
Nirmal Nair, University of Auckland
James Renwick, Victoria University of Wellington
Charles Walker, Auckland University of Technology
Gayle Souter-Brown, Auckland University of Technology

Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods

Errol Haarhoff, University of Auckland
Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology
Marc Aurel Schnabel, Victoria University of Wellington
Karen Witten, Massey University (Auckland)
Suzanne Vallance, Lincoln University

Researchers by work programme

WP1

Errol Haarhoff, University of Auckland
Marc Aurel Schnabel, Victoria University of Wellington
Patricia Austin, University of Auckland
Lee Beattie, University of Auckland
Paola Boarin, University of Auckland
Rebecca Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington, Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi
Wokje Abrahamse, Victoria University of Wellington
Mohsen Mohammadzadeh, University of Auckland

Aligned researchers

Sarosh Mulla, University of Auckland
Aaron Paterson, University of Auckland
Cristian Silva, University of Auckland
Shuva Chowdhury (PhD Candidate), Victoria University of Wellington                                              

WP2

Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology,  Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa
Lucy Tukua, Mana Whenua Ngati Tahinga, Ngāti Paoa, Ngati Whanaunga
Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Nga Aho, Ngāti Kahungunu
Diane Menzies, Unitec, Ngāti Kahungunu
Carin Wilson, Unitec, Ngāti Awa
Jacqueline Paul, Nga Aho/Unitec, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu                       

WP3

Karen Witten, Massey University (SHORE)
Emma Fergusson, Massey University (Palmerston North)
Robin Kearns, University of Auckland
Hamish Mackie, Mackie Research
Jade Kake, Nga Aho/Te Matapihi Ngāti Hau/Ngapuhi, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea

WP4

Suzanne Vallance, Lincoln University
David Conradson, University of Canterbury
Andreas Wesener, Lincoln University
Hirini Matunga, Lincoln University, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Paerangi (Atiu, Cook Islands)

See profiles of the Principal Investigators at Our Research Team.

Understanding place

Donald Matheson, University of Canterbury
Chris Thompson, University of Canterbury
Ben Adams, University of Canterbury
Paul Miller, University of Canterbury