New Social Housing Project for Ashburton

New Social Housing Project for Ashburton

Jamie Dalzell with Jackie Girvan, our Mid-Canterbury Regional Manager, in front of the Dalzells’ new Allenton property.
Photo courtesy of The Ashburton Courier.


The Presbyterian Support service centre in Ashburton receives 1-2 enquiries each week from people in crisis looking for accommodation. Mid-Canterbury regional manager, Jackie Girvan, has been working to address the housing problem for several years. And now, thanks to a local couple, there is some relief in sight.

Upon learning of Presbyterian Support’s efforts to address the local housing problem, Ashburton couple Jamie and Tania Dalzell decided to act themselves. They quickly purchased a six-bedroom house in Allenton for the purpose of providing a boarding house for people needing accommodation. They then  approached Jackie Girvan for assistance with tenant referral. “We’re rapt to have this opportunity,” says Jackie. “We’ve been working in this space for a long time and have struggled to make traction.”

Jamie and Tania Dalzell will act as property managers, applying their experience of many years running Ashburton’s Coronation Holiday Park. Tenants will pay a modest weekly rent that also covers electricity, then will share the communal lounge and kitchen in a flatting arrangement. Potential tenants will be middle-aged or older, single or in couples. “The house is in a nice residential area,” adds Jackie. “So we will ensure that tenants referred are respectful and will be good neighbours.

The property, which has already served as an IHC home, will be fitted with two more bedrooms, insulation, and double-glazing plus other improvements. Presbyterian Support have previously tried to buy the property but were unsuccessful.

The house will be ready for occupancy from October 3, 2017. Vaughan Milner, CEO of Presbyterian Support Upper South Island says, “This initiative is a response to an ongoing issue around accommodation in the Ashburton District, and we’re very pleased to support it.”