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AHI Networking Event: Capacity building and community housing growth with Ken Marchingo

  • Level 2 - Room 2.1 Takahe, Ministry of Social Development 56 The Terrace Wellington, Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

The Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) New Zealand Branch in association with Community Housing Aotearoa and Te Matapihi would like to invite AHI Members and friends to a networking event with Ken Marchingo, CEO, Haven; Home, Safe.

Come and hear from CEO of Australia’s first registered affordable housing association. The event will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about capacity building and how to grow the community housing sector in New Zealand. The presentation will be followed by informal networking and discussion across the sector.

About the Speaker:


Ken Marchingo, Chief Executive Officer of Haven; Home, Safe, is arguably one of the most influential and out-spoken figures in Australia’s social housing sector.

A 30-year veteran who has dedicated his career to helping and housing the most vulnerable, Ken received a Lifetime Achievement Award last year for his contribution to Community Housing from his peers and colleagues at PowerHousing Australia (PHA), the advocacy group he helped to establish in 2004. The award recognised Ken’s sustained commitment to growing the affordable housing sector over many years, which comes from his deep sense of social justice and a ‘fair go’ for all.

Ken was officially acclaimed a ‘Local Hero’ in the City of Greater Bendigo, his home town and the headquarters of Haven; Home, Safe – Victoria’s first registered Affordable Housing Association. When Ken took over the organisation nearly 20 years ago it was effectively bankrupt with debts of more than $340K and annual funding of just $130K. Under his astute stewardship, Haven; Home, Safe now boasts annual revenue of $24M, has a balance sheet of assets of more than $250M, and employs 120+ staff across four offices. In addition to his CEO duties, Ken is the proud patron of the Bendigo and Central Victoria Community Foundation, an Honorary Life Governor of the Royal Children’s Hospital, and a White Ribbon Ambassador, which aims to eliminate violence against women and children.


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