Introducing the new managers...

“Hey everyone! We’re Tony and Janine, and we’re super excited to be the new managers of Baptist Student Hostel! We were drawn to this role because it’s the perfect opportunity for us to offer some genuine Christian care and support to all you awesome students out there who are living away from home.”

Tony studied history at Massey University, while Janine pursued her passion for medicine at Otago. They both know what it’s like to be students themselves and have been actively involved in student ministry for years, thanks to the awesome folks at Navigator ministries on their campuses. Even after moving on to professional roles, Tony and Janine continued to support student ministry.

“We can’t wait to meet all of you and be part of everyone’s university journey! If you ever need anything or just want to say hi, don’t hesitate to drop by and chat with us. We’re here to make your time at Baptist Student Hostel the best it can be!” 

Looking forward to 2024 with Baptist Student Hostel in very capable hands!

Applications for accommodation in 2024 are still open! Visit to find out more.

Baptist churches and student accommodation

This update follows an earlier article about the history and experiences at the Baptist Student Hostel and more information about the place:

Student accommodation: Baptist Student Hostel – Palmerston North

This article is part of a series featuring student accommodation connected to Baptist churches nationwide. Our Youth Catalyst, Ethan Miller, has a vision of caring for our young people as many move away from home for tertiary education:

Relocating, financial strain, academic stress – student life is tough! Imagine churches actively supporting students through meals and mentorship and integrating them into their community. We need churches that intentionally invest and provide safe spaces for students!

The Baptist churches around the country that provide student accommodation are part of realising this vision of care and hospitality to our young people. We have an online list of Baptist church-run student accommodations around New Zealand, and these articles help raise their profile. If you’re a parent, grandparent, friend, youth leader, etc, please share this with your young people. 

Photo: Tony and Janine. Supplied by Baptist Student Hostel

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