Formed in October 2019, the establishment of Kāinga Ora marked a new chapter in New Zealand housing and development. The department is tasked with delivering such Government priorities as addressing homelessness and making homes more affordable for Kiwis.
Kāinga Ora maintains and develops around 65,000 public houses, providing tenancy services to a little under 200,000 people. In addition, the department is committed to delivering an additional 1100 homes per year for the next four years, accounting for no fewer than 7% of the country’s residential builds.
To deliver such a vast and complex service, Kāinga Ora leans on the PRINCE2 project management methodology for its non-construction projects. Standing for ‘projects in controlled environments’, it forms a framework that allows you to structure your approach to the key considerations of project management, such as objectives, tools, timelines and costs.
“We are a PRINCE2 organisation – all of our work should meet the standards of PRINCE2,” says Cameron Shipman, Manager of Programme Project Delivery at Kāinga Ora. But he felt that it was time for their team of 100 to refresh their skills training. “We knew there were more efficient ways to implement the product based planning and needed a training partner that could offer a bespoke solution fit for Kāinga Ora.”
And so he turned to a member of the Government’s Digital Services Panel: Millpond.