Our teams

The People's Project is a unique collaboration of organisations committed to ending homelessness. Each day, professionals from our partner organisations come together to deliver wrap-around support to people seeking assistance, using a 'one plan' approach.

Housing is worked on as the first priority with our multi-skilled team 'wrapping around' the health, addictions, employment, income and other support services for each person, if and as required. Both our teams are led by Wise Group joint chief executive Julie Nelson.


Service manager Kerry Hawkes, Carole McMinn, Lisa Travaglia, Dave Stewart and Sam Morton are on full-time secondments from the Wise Group. The team is supported by Trisha Pere-Douglas who manages front of house office and administrtation requirements. Ben Eadie and Tristyn Gretton also join the team from the Waikato District Health Board's Community Mental Health and Addictions Service. 

L-R: Lisa, Carole, Kerry, Dave, Julie, Trisha, Tristyn and Sam. Absent: Ben


Simone Cuers has been appointed to the role of service manager and will lead the Tauranga team. We expect to have the full team recruited by June 2018. Please watch this space!

L-R: Julie Nelson, Simone Cuers and Kerry Hawkes in Tauranga.

"My daughter and me were in desperate need of support to find affordable housing... I really don't know what we would have done without you guys."