CEOScott Figenshow is CEO of Community Housing Aotearoa. He has advanced degrees in planning and housing finance and offers over 25 years of practical experience in affordable housing delivery, policy development and strategy implementation. Working towards a well-functioning housing system, his work brings forward evidence-based solutions delivering community value through combining public investment, non-profit and market housing development approaches. Phone 021 061 9664.
Deputy CEOChris brings over 20 years of experience in community development with core skills in housing finance, housing development, asset management and policy. He has overseen the development of more than 1,500 affordable ownership and rental homes in central California. He was also responsible for the asset management of 115 properties throughout California with over 5,000 units, all serving low-income households. A particular emphasis of his housing work has been with social service organisations to provide housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness and/or serious mental illness. Chris relocated to Wellington with his family in January 2012 and joined CHA in November 2013. Phone 027 462 0605
Manager Engagement and SupportDavid has experience of social housing in both the UK and in New Zealand. His previous roles in New Zealand include tenancy manager with HNZC, community development manager for the Talbot Park Community Renewal project and, for the last 10 years, he has been the trust executive for emergency and community housing provider, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust. Phone 027 349 0461
Communications Coordinator & Executive AdministratorNgahuia is new to the sector but bring's a variety of experience to the team at Community Housing Aotearoa. My hope with our Housing Peak Body is to build towards a strong foundation and support to ensure every New Zealander is well-housed in a warm, safe, dry and affordable home for all. Mauri ora!
The Shift Project ManagerI’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with Community Housing Aotearoa on The Shift Aotearoa. What an amazing project! I like projects that are new, where we can explore the edges and invest time thinking about the potential before attacking the actuality. I like projects about people, with opportunities to develop ideas and interventions built from lived experience rather than funding or policy parameters. I like projects somewhere between culture, community and government, with a reason and opportunity to begin with our unique social, cultural, and political landscape in Aotearoa. The Shift Aotearoa has the potential to be all these things and more.
Communications ManagerWendy has worked in the public and private sectors and has extensive communications, media management and marketing experience. If you are a journalist or have an urgent media enquiry, please contact Wendy on 027 228 4200.
Policy and Practice ManagerAmanda is originally from Ireland and has been living in Tamaki Makaurau for almost 14 years. She has previously worked in Local Government and Non-Government Organisations in community development and health promotion roles including supporting the operational response to homelessness at Auckland Council. Amanda is passionate about working in a joined up way and improving systems and tools that enable better decision making and outcomes for communities.