Head of KiwiBuild wasn’t working, now resigns

Last May Minister of Housing Phil Twyford praised the appointment of Stephen Barclay as Head of KiwiBuil:

It was revealed in December that Barclay, wasn’t working, but details weren’t given. Twyford refused to clarify – see Q+A: Phil Twyford “not my job to know” why KiwiBuild CEO not working:

Corin Dann: Do you know why he’s left the job..?

Phil Twyford: No, and I haven’t been advised on that, and it would be really inappropriate for me to comment…

Corin Dann: You don’t know why the CEO of KiwiBuild has not  been in the job since November.

Phil Twyford: Mmm. I know that he’s not at work, um but it’s literally not my job to know, and there are other people who deal with that, and they are, and I’m focussing on trying to get houses built.

Corin Dann: Has he actually resigned?

Phil Twyford: Corin, I can’t comment on this…It’s a matter relating to an individual public servant, and I simply cannot comment on it.

Barclay has now resigned from the job.

RNZ:  KiwiBuild head Stephen Barclay officially resigns

The head of KiwiBuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role.

In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay’s resignation as it was an employment matter.

RNZ understands Mr Barclay’s absence arose from an employment dispute following the KiwiBuild unit’s transfer to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

In a statement, the Ministry of Housing’s chief executive Andrew Crisp said he recieved Mr Barclay’s letter of resignation just after 12pm today.

“I am considering how this affects the employment process currently underway,” Mr Crisp said.

KiwiBuild and Twyford have been under fire for some time, and this has given the Opposition more ammunition.

However, the resignation “does not bode well” for KiwiBuild, which “has already shown itself to be a much more difficult beast than Phil Twyford, or the government seem to anticipate,” National Party housing spokesperson Judith Collins said in a statement.

Mr Barclay was appointed to the position in May, but had been absent since November. There should be more transparency about what had happened, she said.

“It’s taken three months for Mr Barclay to exit from a role he held for only four months,” Ms Collins’ statement read.

KiwiBuild had been “fraught with issues”, including houses not selling, and the policy was not working. Mr Twyford should be upfront about why its head could not last a year in the role, she said.

Twyford has kept distancing himself from this.

But he won’t be able to keep distancing himself from the under performance of KiwiBuild if he can’t get the massive housing project cranked up this year.

9 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  January 19, 2019

    who cares?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 19, 2019

      I do, if someone’s being paid by the taxpayer to sit on his arse doing nothing.

  2. Duker

     /  January 19, 2019

    So Collins is the one asking questions about propriety ?
    Sh was of course sacked by John Key for telling lies about her supporting her husbands business interests in China while on the taxpayers paid journey.
    Its interesting that he never reinstated her ‘while he was PM’

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 19, 2019

      She wasn’t sacked, and she didn’t tell lies because she didn’t do what she was accused of.

      She was reinstated when this was proved.

  3. David

     /  January 19, 2019

    Its about time the left who spent years screaming that there was a housing crisis demand a few more runs on the board from this Minister. Talking about something National did 5 years ago is a useful temporary strategy but for folk living in sub standard accomodation who put their faith in the promises of Labour are being let down.

  4. Gezza

     /  January 19, 2019

    This is a bizarre situation & expect it to keep coming up for months.

    Take the portfolio off Twyford, Jacinda or Grant. He’s a twit.

    It’s too important. Give it to someone with a few clues. Maybe Faafoi?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 19, 2019

      Maybe Bluey the Pook. He could hardly make a worse mess. Fido can be his deputy.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 19, 2019

        I see that a UK variation has flopped and been closed down.

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