Tūkaha Aotearoa Charitable Trust (TACT) is a public housing collective, built on the shoulders of 25 years’ experience in the housing industry and community support and development.

We help weave together whānau, whare and whenua by surrounding families with the services and support needed to succeed in long-term housing and ultimately home ownership.

We’ve spent the last 12 years providing housing to those in need throughout the North Island, alongside many respected organisations.
As our partnerships continue to grow, we will be able to deliver even more housing, along with deeper community support and connection, to enable families to thrive in their own homes.

Tūkaha in the community

We are building 100 houses every year for the next five years across Rotorua.
Once that is achieved, Tūkaha will branch out further across the North Island.

We have the land, partnerships and skilled teams in both property and social services, with proven track records behind them, to make this a reality.
Partnering with the right people and organisations that share our values and vision for creating real change is what makes us stand tall.
Tūkaha’s ultimate vision is to be a knowledge leader for other indigenous cultures around the world to enact real change for their people through housing and building community.

Our Board

Davina Hare – CEO and founding board member

Davina Hare is of Ngai Te Rangi, Te Arawa, Ngati Manawa and Tūwharetoa descent and has been involved in property investment, management and mentorship for the past 20 years.

Mike Keefe – QSM JP

Mike is a Retired Public Servant having served 26 years with the NZ Police as a serving Officer followed by 20 Years as a Civilian employee both in Wellington and Rotorua. He is of Ngāti Kahungunu, TeArawa, Ngati Porou and European descent.
Matthew Gilligan – Chartered Accountant

Matthew Gilligan is a chartered accountant, and has been practising since 1992. Matthew grew up in Whangaroa, Northland, and then gained his BCom from Auckland University.

Salesh Chand – Chartered Accountant
Salesh Chand is a chartered accountant and partner at Gilligan Rowe & Associates LP. He has been in practice for 15 years, and is an expert in accounting, business structures, tax planning, insolvency issues, and property.

Our Kaupapa


Our vision is to empower people to discover purpose and maximise their potential to take ownership of their whānau, whare and whenua.
New Zealand has a housing crisis that impacts people physically, mentally and spiritually. Not having a house in which to live disempowers people from creating community and an environment that is safe for their whānau.
We provide housing for people to make their own, including creating pathways for home ownership.
We prepare people to be home-fit through practical support and education and in doing so, equip them to succeed in life from their whare.


Nobody should be without a house that they can make their whare/home.
Everyone has the potential to create a home that is safe and secure for their whānau.
Everyone has the ability to own a home. The first step is taking ownership of yourself.
Tūkaha empowers people with the right support, education and tools to discover their purpose, maximise their potential and take ownership of their whānau, whare and whenua.
The last five years has also included providing social housing to those in need in Rotorua, with a strong focus in building partnership procurement with Rotorua’s most prominent Community Housing Providers.

Eighteen years Davina has been instrumental in leading many community outreach initiatives, development programmes in the Central North Island area that supports and builds families contributing to systemic change across communities.

Davina was the first woman to graduate from the (TITC) Timber Industry Training Centre the only dedicated training facility of it’s kind in the country gaining skills and knowledge across the wood processing spectrum which gained her a role in quality control then later lead negotiations securing a major recruitment labour force with an timber export company. With an eye for detail and ability to build teams has made Davina an effective Project Manager for a large housing syndicate.

Davina has a steadfast conviction to bring about real change in our communities by providing practical and long-term support to families, empowering them to build their own place to call home and believes families need wrap-around support and services. Davina brings together skilled teams and partners that share the same values and vision to do just that. With a practical, solution-driven focus to addressing challenges, Davina believes it takes a team to make an impact. That impact comes through creating community and family, which is at the heart of Tukaha’s purpose. Having been married for 27 years with adult children and two grandchildren, Davina believes home and whanau are the key to success.

During a break from Police employment, he started his own property development company renovating existing and building new residential properties. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2000, and has served on numerous committees in varying governance roles. Mike has always had a strong interest in helping those who are disadvantaged. He maintains a strong and active interest in social issues including Human Rights, Youth, Education, Employment and Housing.

Having been involved with a significant number of charitable organisations over many years he remains active in supporting other philanthropic organisations as an elected Member to the Rotorua Trust. He is a former chair of the Bay of Plenty Lotteries distribution Committee and is a current Judicial Officer with the Human Rights Tribunal.

He was awarded a Queens Service Medal in December of 2017 for Services to the Community.

He is the Managing Director of Gilligan Rowe and Associates LP, a chartered accounting practice that he established shortly after graduating. An expert in tax planning and trusts, Matthew also heads GRA’s specialist property planning division, helping clients build property portfolios.

Via syndicates, Matthew co-owns various housing projects that focus on providing housing for the community and those in need, particularly in the Auckland and Rotorua areas. Through these syndicates, Matthew manages a capital environment conducive to providing social housing at scale, which assists many social housing agencies across New Zealand.

In addition to facilitating social housing agencies’ access to housing stock, Matthew’s commercial background as a chartered accountant and business leader is available to Tukaha Trust as a valuable resource for implementing prudential control, governance assistance, and facilitating system and process implementation.

Salesh has a wealth of experience and commercial skills, along with a great deal of empathy and a desire to help those who are struggling. His connection to the community, including Māori and Pacifica people, through social housing agencies has prevailed throughout his career.

Salesh has worked with Emerge Aotearoa, Vision Trust, Grace Foundation, and other social housing organisations, providing housing and advice for over 10 years. His network of investors and participation in property syndicates is especially valuable to social housing agencies for finding and supplying high-quality homes for social purposes.