Helen Potiki (Ngāti Porou, Tapuika, Ngāi Tahu)

Deputy Chief Executive, Housing and Urban Settings
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development


Helen Potiki joined HUD in June 2019 and began leading the Housing and Urban Settings group in January 2020. The Housing and Urban Settings group provides advice to the Government on peoples’ experience of housing, whether they are homeless, live in public or transitional housing, or rent or own their home. 

Helen has had interesting housing experiences. She has bought, rented, sold, boarded and it’s all been challenging. She has kids who are having challenging experiences. Housing is something that impacts all New Zealanders.  Helen wants people to have a clear sense of the support and services that exist for people with specific housing needs – and understand that as everyone has specific needs, they need specific support.

Helen was declined by the kapa haka group but accepted to the school choir.
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