Kiwi Build chief gone after five months

Weekend Herald - - Front Page - Anne Gib­son

Ki­wiBuild chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Bar­clay has left the or­gan­i­sa­tion after only five months in the job.

Bar­clay was ap­pointed in May to steer the Govern­ment’s flag­ship scheme to build 100,000 homes in a decade. The Week­end Her­ald un­der­stands he left his po­si­tion at the start of Novem­ber.

Ki­wiBuild has come un­der fire in re­cent months with some com­men­ta­tors la­belling it “so­cial­ism for the rich”. The Na­tional Party has also seized upon what it says is a lack of de­mand for the prop­er­ties, 50,000 of which are planned for Auck­land.

Bar­clay could not be reached for com­ment and nei­ther Ki­wiBuild’s spokes­woman nor a spokes­woman for Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Phil Twyford would an­swer ques­tions about his de­par­ture.

A spokesman for the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment said Bar­clay was “cur­rently away from the of­fice”. Asked when he would be back, the spokesman said: “The min­istry doesn’t com­ment on mat­ters re­lat­ing to in­di­vid­u­als.”

Ki­wiBuild’s “af­ford­able” homes plan is de­signed to in­crease home own­er­ship, but Twyford came un­der fire in Oc­to­ber after ad­mit­ting the pro­gramme was not for low-in­come fam­i­lies.

That came after it emerged buy­ers of the first com­pleted homes in­cluded a newly grad­u­at­ing doc­tor and mar­ket­ing man­ager.

Bar­clay started in the role on May 28, split­ting his time be­tween Auck­land and Welling­ton. He was pre­vi­ously at the Min­istry of Health and be­fore that CEO of the San Fran­cisco Amer­ica’s Cup Events Au­thor­ity.

Stephen Bar­clay

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