Hope Simonsen

Hope has spent the past 16 years in the housing sector. Her housing journey began with Housing New Zealand in 2005 when the agency received crown funding to build community housing providers and grow community housing supply. A number of organisations were established as housing providers as a result of this funding.  After seven years, she moved to work as a property consultant in the commercial sector with The Property Group and then worked for Community Housing Aotearoa for a year. 

She now leads Emerge Aotearoa’s Housing Trust, which provides long term social housing and tenancy and property management services for transitional housing for whānau and individuals from Whangarei to Invercargill. 

Hope is also Co-Chair of the National Science Challenge – Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Ko ngā wā kainga hei whakamāhorahora and a committee member of the Aotearoa branch of the Australasian Housing Institute.