Exploring Innovative Solutions to our Housing Crisis

11am Tuesday 12th December 2023

We closed out 2023 with one of our most insightful webinars of the year, with Sam Stubbs, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Simplicity NZ, and David Loveridge, Managing Director of Watson Group, who shared their perspectives on the current and future state of housing in New Zealand.

Sam discussed Simplicity’s new Homes and Income Investment Fund, which aims to provide an alternative to traditional property and fixed income investors, by funding up to 25,000 homes over the long term.

Sam covered:

  • The problem –  Decades of under building in NZ
  • A solution –  Providing reliable funding for building and managing quality long-term rental homes, which can act as a ‘fence at the top of the cliff’ preventing costly health and social problems
  • Simplicity’s Homes and Income Investment Fund – Making money and doing good.

David discussed his views on the philosophy of Watson Group: “to build more than a house but a beautiful life, in the places & communities we live”, and discussed the thesis of his white paper: that affordable housing IS urban infrastructure. David also shared insights into why leisure is, ‘the opposable thumb’ of housing. A must-view for anyone interested in shaping a thriving future for our communities. 


To view Sam Stubb’s slides – click here

To view David Loveridge’s presentation – click here


Sam Stubbs is the co-founder and Managing Director of Simplicity, a nonprofit KiwiSaver and Fund Manager that gives 15% of all fees to charity and invests with a conscience.

Sam was previously CEO of Tower Investments. He was MD of Hanover Group and worked for Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. He has also worked for NatWest Markets, Fay, Richwhite and IBM.


David Loveridge is the managing director of Watson Group, a family business focused on mixed use development and investment. David is passionate about creating spaces for humans to live. David will discuss the thesis of a white paper he is working on –  that affordable housing is urban infrastructure. 

Watson Group is based in Wellington and is a vertically integrated property business, from design, develop, construct and close or stabilise. 

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