About the Baptist Student Hostel

We’ve been providing high quality accommodation and delicious food since we opened our doors in 1972. Generations of Palmerston North students have loved their time with us and still maintain friendships that started right here.

For more detailed information about the hostel please refer to the baptist hostel information booklet.


Board of Trustees:


Geoff Dixon:

Geoff joined the Board in 2012 and took on the role of Chairman in 2013. His passion is to see the legacy of the Hostel continue as a place where students can start well in fulfilling their dreams. Geoff leads an active life as Senior Pastor of Hokowhitu Baptist Church a multi-ethnic church in Palmerston North. He is married to Sonja and they have 5 adult children and 2 grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and exploring the beauty of God’s creation.

Terry Southern:

Terry joined the Board in 2014 and was actually a student resident at the hostel in his undergraduate days at Massey. His passion is to see the hostel maintain its position as one of the very best and most enjoyable places of student accommodation in Palmerston North. Terry attends Central Baptist Church and has interests in aviation, the outdoors, science, engineering, philosophy and spending time with his wife Kate, and their three children.

Mark Cullen:

Mark ran away from school and joined the Air Force in 1980 and is still there. He has been a member of the Hokowhitu Baptist Church for 13 years and a Board Member for the last 6. He is married with two grown-up daughters, who have been through the university systems in Dunedin and Auckland. He has a passion for young people (he was involved in running the youth group at the Blenheim Baptist Church) and wants to see the students have a positive hostel experience.

May Dabb:

May joined the board in 2013 and is an active member of Hokowhitu Baptist Church. She has a passion for young people which has her in the role of teachers aid at Awatapu High school for the last 7 years and is a regular visitor to the Hostel in a pastoral capacity. Most Sundays her lounge is filled with young people from her church and the Hostel. She enjoys camping with her husband Rob, drinking coffee, visiting café, meeting people, coffee and more coffee.

Helen Aim:

Helen joined the board in 2016 and has taken on the role of secretary. Helen attends Hokowhitu Baptist Church. Helen brings her youth and vitality to the Board. She loves camping with her husband Peter, playing board games, travelling and chocolate. 

James Anderson:

James joined the board in 2016 and attends Hokowhitu Baptist Church. James was a student at the Hostel in 2010 and also a tenant of our flats until 2012. James loves technology and is employed in the IT industry. He is married to Morgan and they have a daughter Sofia. 

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Baptist Student Hostel
163 Fitzherbert Ave
Palmerston North
New Zealand

Tel: (06)355 5107

Email: info@baptiststudenthostel.co.nz

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