We have an exciting range of speakers lined up including…


Nan Roman

Nan Roman is President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organisation. She is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. Under her guidance, the Alliance has successfully identified and promoted innovative strategies for ending homelessness that have been adopted by communities across the country. In her role, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with officials and advocates at the state and local levels. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and effective solutions. Taking an evidence based and planned approach to ending homelessness, we’ll learn from Nan Roman about her work in the US and explore how this can be applied here in New Zealand. 



Mike Myers

Mike Myers has spent over 30 years in senior roles in social and affordable housing in Australia. This has included public housing, policy development, legal and advisory services in the UK and in Australia. From 1998 Mike was the Executive Director of a community housing peak body in Queensland and served for 10 years on the Community Housing Federation of Australia Board. He also spent five years on the Board of the Australian Council of Social Services, the national peak body. He is the founder and Managing Director of the National Affordable Housing Consortium, which was established in 2008. NAHC is one of Australia’s not-for-profit leaders in the provision of affordable housing with over 3,500 new affordable rental homes built in the last seven yearsand attracting $1.3Billion in private investment. NAHC has recently established a shared equity home ownership program to assist people transition from renting to buying. At the conference we will hear from Mike about his experiences with capacity building in the Australian community housing sector and we will discuss what this means in a New Zealand context.



Girol Karacaoglu

Professor Girol Karacaoglu is the recently appointed Head of the School of Government at Victoria University. He came to Victoria University from the New Zealand Treasury where he was Chief Economist. Before then, he was the Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank of New Zealand for nine years. His previous roles included General Manager at Westpac NZ, Chief Economist at the National Bank of NZ, and lecturer in Economics at Victoria University of Wellington. His academic fields of specialisation are in monetary and financial economics, international finance, econometrics, corporate accounting and finance.



David Rutherford

David Rutherford was appointed Chief Human Rights Commissioner in 2011. Prior to his appointment he was the managing director of Special Olympics Asia Pacific based in Singapore.

He has held senior executive roles in building materials and agribusiness enterprises operating in New Zealand and Australia, has been chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union and has worked as a corporate, securities and commercial lawyer in New Zealand and Canada.

Mr Rutherford has a strong history of involvement in sports and has lectured in sports law at Victoria University. He has been a volunteer Board member in rugby union, netball, Paralympics New Zealand, Special Olympics New Zealand, Special Olympics International and for the Attitude Trust. He brings a passion for development and the inclusion of people with disability in sports.

Dave Wild

Dave Wild is a Futurist who facilitates strategy sessions and runs innovation workshops – helping leaders and teams achieve more through greater imagination and faster action.

He works with organisations of all sizes including The Warehouse, 2degrees, Kiwibank, Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. Dave has led workshops in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

His experience covers a broad range of expertise including strategy, leadership, branding, digital and innovation. He has extensive experience working with leadership teams to accelerate progress through clarity of strategy and innovative action plans, while inspiring and unifying teams by creating a powerful vision and meaningful purpose.

Through this work he’s learnt that the best way to predict the future, is to be the ones creating it. Unique to Dave’s approach is a Futurist focus on the new, identifying megatrends across markets while applying new insights from global innovation leaders.

Louise Crabtree

Louise Crabtree, Western Sydney University, will be joining us again this conference having presented at the CHA-IMPACT 2015 conference. Her input will be to help us determine the tools and levers local government has at its disposal to deliver affordable housing.

Louise’s most recent work focuses on community land trusts and participatory mapping methodologies. Both are being used to foster social innovation and equity outcomes on the ground, and to explore and build theory on multi-stakeholder governance, decolonisation, property law, resilience and citizenship.

Louise’s work on resilience and governance in community housing was the basis for her receiving the inaugural Housing Minister’s Award for Early Career Researchers in 2009.

She was awarded her PhD in Human Geography from Macquarie University in 2007. Her research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in Australia; on the uptake of housing innovation in practice and policy; on complex adaptive systems theory in urban contexts; and, on the interfaces between sustainability, property rights, institutional design and democracy.

Karyn Walsh

Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah Projects, Queensland, Australia; will be joining us at CHA IMPACT 2017 to look at how we can work together to end homelessness. Karyn has worked in the Australian not for profit sector and homelessness for 35 years.

Micah Projects is a social justice organisation working with people experiencing adversity due to poverty, homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence, disability, and discrimination due to age, gender or sexual orientation. The organisation has been actively involved in service change processes and advocacy for investment in more effective policy and programs that can end homelessness with individuals and families rather than constantly managing their homelessness.

As an organisation, Micah Projects, are committed to integrated services which provide individuals and families with resources, services and opportunities to have a home, connection with their families, and quality of life.  Karyn is a Founding Member and active in the Australian Common Ground Alliance. She was the President of the Queensland Council of Social Services for seven years and a Board Member of Australian Council of Social Services.


Hon Alfred Ngaro

Alfred Ngaro is the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and for Pacific People’s, as well as being the Associate Minister for Children and for Social Housing. He is a New Zealander of Cook Islands descent married to Samoan-Niuean Moka Fuemana with four children and two grandchildren.

Raised in Te Atatū he trained and qualified as an electrician and also completed his theological degree at the Henderson campus of the Bible College of New Zealand.

Prior to entering Parliament he was a consultant in community-led development and governance with working experience in New Zealand, Cook Islands and Canada. Alfred’s governance experience includes key roles on the National Anti-Violence Taskforce, Auckland District Health Board and Pacific Advisory Committee Auckland City Council and others.  He is also an Ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign.

In 2009 Alfred received the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in recognition of his work.

In 2011 Alfred entered Parliament as a List MP for the National Party. He has served as Deputy Chair of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee. He is currently a List MP based in Te Atatū where he opened an office.

“Raised, schooled and trained in Te Atatū, I had lots of challenges in my upbringing but I have always taken the positive from this. It allowed me to get a real insight into the tests people in our community face that sometimes leave them on the wrong side of the tracks. Those insights have helped me to contribute to our team in developing strong social policy that is now delivering results for our country.”

In the Ministerial reshuffle in December 2016, Alfred was promoted into Cabinet and made Minister for Pacific Peoples, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Minister for Children, and Associate Minister for Social Housing.


Hurimoana Nui Dennis

Hurimoana is well known for his police work within Māori communities and as the current chair of Te Puea Memorial Marae Homeless Program: Manaaki Tangata. He provides a no frills view of the impacts and implications that the homeless situation has had on whānau. Over a three month period in 2016 Te Puea Memorial Marae received 181 homeless whānau, 154 Māori whānau, 18 Pacific, 10 Ethnic and two Pakeha whanau. While they were all homeless, many presented a diverse range of complicated and critical social, health, justice and financial issues that compounded an already stressful situation. 130 whānau were placed into social housing and private homes with relevant and significant support services or they were referred on to other services for specialist support.

“Overcrowding, eviction, below the poverty line existence, bureaucracy and poor decision making, were the prevailing themes presented by each whānau. Our tupuna whaea, Te Puea Herangi, had already paved the way forward and all we had to do was follow……Paimarire.”


Shamubeel Eaqub

Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics easy. He is also an author, media commentator and a thought leading public speaker.

He has over a decade of experience as an economist in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland in leading international banks and consultancy.

He is on various boards of charities and commercial firms. He writes books in his own time on issues that matter to New Zealand and gives voice to the unheard.

Shamubeel lives in Auckland with his wife and son. He grew up in Canterbury and holds a BCom with Honours in Economics from Lincoln University.


Andrew McKenzie

Andrew is the CEO of Housing NZ. His career spans both the public and private sectors. Prior to his position with Housing NZ he held the role of General Manager Finance at Fletcher Construction. He served as Chief Financial Officer at Auckland City Council until July 2014. At Auckland Council he contributed to the successful amalgamation of eight Councils and over 30 subsidiaries, in 2010. He has extensive experience in organisational improvement and managing change to build sustainable businesses. In 2013, he was recognised as Chief Financial Officer of the Year for New Zealand.


Kay Saville-Smith

Kay Saville-Smith is a sociologist and director of the Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment – CRESA.

Kay has undertaken extensive research into housing markets, housing demand, retirement villages, accessible housing, sustainable housing, the residential building industry and neighbourhood built environments.

She is now leading the Life When Renting research programme funded by the Ageing Well National Science Challenge and is also researching into domestic decision making patterns building on here work on Finding the Best Fit – Housing, Downsizing and Older People in a changing Society: Resilient Communities – Doing Better in Bad Times (aimed at helping older people and their communities to be more resilient during adverse natural events and recover better after them); Good Homes (older people’s repairs and maintenance needs in the context of ageing in place); Sustainable Neighbourhoods and social aspects of the Building Energy End-use Study undertaken by BRANZ.

She is also a trustee for the Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust which focuses on delivering affordable, sustainable housing through good design, reducing building costs and shared ownership.


Jade Kake: Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Hau), Te Arawa, Whakatōhea

Jade is the Programme Manager at Māori housing peak body, Te Matapihi he tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust. She has worked at Te Matapihi since early 2014 supporting improved housing outcomes for Māori primarily in the areas of policy advocacy, strategy and research. She has a Masters in Architecture focused on papakāinga as a model for the cultural, social, economic and environmental aspirations of Māori communities in Aotearoa. She is actively involved in a number of her own land trusts and incorporations at home. Jade believes housing is an absolute foundation to the wellbeing and future success of Māori.


Mayor of Wellington – Justin Lester

Justin Lester was elected Mayor in 2016. He joined Wellington City Council as a Northern Ward Councillor in 2010 and then served as Deputy Mayor from 2013 until 2016.

During his time as a Councillor, Justin championed the living wage, prioritised good quality local services and supported local businesses. He feels strongly that good local government services make a huge difference in people’s lives.

Justin’s priorities as Mayor include kick-starting the economy, making housing affordable, improving Wellington’s transport, replacing outdated bylaws and prioritising arts funding. He also wants to establish the country’s first wet house, provide a rates rebate for first-home builders and create the world’s first predator-free capital.

Justin grew up in Invercargill with his mother and two brothers. He has an LLB and a BA (German) from the University of Otago and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. In his mid-twenties he co-founded Kapai a Wellington food enterprise.

Martin Hawes

A trustee of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, Martin Hawes is a well-known financial author and adviser. He has written 22 books many of which have appeared on the best-sellers list and several have sold well into five figures. The best known is on Family Trusts and was first published in 1995 selling over 120 000 copies. He is currently a columnist with the Sunday Star-Times.

Martin is also an Authorised Financial Adviser and advises individuals and families on their finances and investments. He is an independent director and sits on a number of boards.


Scott Gallacher – Deputy Chief Executive Housing, MSD

Scott leads MSD’s work in social housing, liaises closely with the Minister for Social Housing’s office and coordinates Government’s cross-agency approach.

Previous to joining MSD, Scott was Deputy Director General Regulation and Assurance at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). He was responsible for all MPI’s regulatory activities and functions, spanning across the food safety, biosecurity and primary production systems.

Scott has also worked in the private sector in both New Zealand and Australia, as well as with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has extensive experience in regulatory and international trade matters and has served as an arbitrator on a number of international disputes.