About us - LinkPeople

About us

We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy home and the potential to live well.

Housing is a fundamental human right

Insufficient housing supply and the increasing cost of private rentals have contributed to more people struggling to find and keep a home. This greatly impacts our most vulnerable people, who have fewer options available to them.

We believe everyone has the right to a healthy home and the potential to live well. That belief underpins everything we do for the people in our communities.

LinkPeople is a community housing provider that works with people who need support to find a home, keep a home and live well. We offer a range of solutions and supports following the Housing First philosophy, because we know that having a stable and suitable home is the foundation of a person’s wellbeing.

Our priority is to help people find permanent housing and work with them to ensure they can access the health, social and wellbeing support they need to live well. We offer practical support and advice to help people be good tenants and neighbours who are active and involved in their community.

We want people to stay housed, so we also support people whose tenancy is at risk to identify and solve the problems that are impacting on their housing and wellbeing.

LinkPeople couldn’t do this without our strong community relationships with landlords, property investors, services and organisations. We work together to create connections and be part of the solution to New Zealand’s housing crisis.

Together, we make a difference.

People are at the centre of everything we do.

LinkPeople is a community housing provider

Having a home and successfully navigating social services are both important for a person’s health and wellbeing. In 2016, Keys Social Housing and Linkage teamed up to become LinkPeople, a name that describes exactly what we do.

Today LinkPeople is a registered community housing provider. We have our own housing that we support people to live in, and we also help people access other social housing or properties in the private rental market. Once people are housed, we connect them with the support systems they need to live well and flourish in their home.

Looking to the future, we are champions of system change to address New Zealand’s housing crisis. Our vision is a New Zealand where everyone has equitable access to a healthy home, as the foundation for wellbeing.

LinkPeople is part of Wise Group, one of the largest providers of mental health and wellbeing services in New Zealand. Making a difference is in our DNA.

Our board members

Meet Julie Nelson - Board chair
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Julie Nelson
Meet Bruce Sheridan - Board member
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Bruce Sheridan
Meet Hine Martin - Board member
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Hine Martin
Meet Paul Bennett - Board member
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Paul Bennett
Meet Penny Hulse - Board member
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Penny Hulse
Meet Dr Polly Atatoa Carr - Board member
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Dr Polly Atatoa Carr

Our leadership team

Meet Fiona Hamilton - Chief executive
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Fiona Hamilton
Meet Ngaio Gillies - Māori Strategic Lead
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Ngaio Gillies
Meet Annabelle Jerram - Workforce development manager
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Annabelle Jerram
Meet Tom Caukwell - Regional manager - Auckland
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Tom Caukwell
Meet Michelle Tiriana-Bishop - Regional manager - Lakes/Bay of Plenty
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Michelle Tiriana-Bishop
Meet Jim Gallen - Regional manager - Central/Southern
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Jim Gallen
Meet Stephen Hunt - Operations and Compliance manager
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Stephen Hunt
Meet Vandna Stringer - Regional manager - Waikato
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Vandna Stringer
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If you are currently being supported by LinkPeople, please phone us on 0800932432 for support.
If you need emergency housing, please contact Work and Income.
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