A “seasoned public servant” has been appointed chief executive of the giant new ministry responsible for KiwiBuild, Housing New Zealand and the Urban Development Authority.
The State Services Commission has given Andrew Crisp the job of leading the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
Established on October 1, the Ministry has been set to up lead the design and implementation of an integrated housing strategy, advise government on the full range of housing issues and provide a single point of leadership for New Zealand’s housing and urban development sector.
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes says Crisp’s career includes 13 years in senior and executive leadership roles. He says he also has a deep understanding of the New Zealand housing system.
Crisp is currently the acting CEO at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, on secondment from his substantive role as CEO of Land Information New Zealand.
Previously he was the deputy CEO of Building, Resources and Markets at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will have a departmental budget of $33 million in the 2019/20 year.
It will manage over $2 billion of capital for KiwiBuild.
The Ministry will monitor the recently-announced Urban Development Authority, which aims to see developments fast-tracked in designated areas, using a different set of rules to those enforced by local government.
The Ministry will also monitor Housing New Zealand – the public housing landlord for over 60,000 families which has a housing portfolio over $25 billion.
Furthermore the Ministry is a significant investor in housing, spending over $1 billion in 2019/20 on rent support for public housing tenants and $175 million on other housing and urban activities.
Hughes says Crisp has “extensive experience in managing at the political interface, and in leading and delivering demanding programmes of work that have prepared him for this role”.