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Hope Simonsen

Hope Simonsen
National Housing Manager, Emerge Aotearoa


Hope has spent the past 14 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 team, which provides emergency housing and support services and long term social housing for whānau and individuals from Whangarei to Christchurch.  Hope is also the chair of the Auckland Community Housing Provider Network – a network of 21 housing providers in Tāmaki Makaurau.

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