About us

Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust was established by Christchurch City Council in 2016. The formation of the Trust reflects the Council’s wish to move to a more financially sustainable model for its social housing portfolio of 2300 units, improve the quality of its housing and the satisfaction of its tenants, and allow for new developments responding to social housing needs in Christchurch.

As a charitable trust, any surplus money will be reinvested back into social housing to improve the service provided to tenants and the wider community.

The Trust will undertake its activities with a focus on people – its tenants, employees and other stakeholders.  The vision, values and strategic priorities reflect the desire of the Trust to transition the Council’s housing portfolio to the Trust in a seamless manner that:

  • minimises any inconvenience,
  • supports a tenant-centric focus and culture,
  • enables the Council to maintain its housing stock in a financially sustainable way and
  • supports the improvement of the housing stock.

Our values

Meaningful partnerships we actively collaborate and engage with community minded partners

Honesty and integrity we act with sincerity and empathy, we do what is right not what is easy

Innovation we always seek creative solutions

Accountability it is what we do and not do, for which we are at all times financially prudent and accountable

Respect we show people that they and their wellbeing are important to us by what we say and do

Celebration we recognise and celebrate the efforts and achievements of the people we help, volunteers, supporters and staff

Leadership Team

Our team - Cate.PNG
Cate has worked in  mental health and addiction services in a range of settings for 20 years. Cate believes that adequate housing, and health and education are the foundations of our community
Our team - Jason.PNG
Jason has experience with some of Christchurch’s largest companies. He has a passion for all things to do with property


Our team - Bob.PNG
Bob has had a long career as a public servant and sees that he is here to serve. He has worked for 13 years in supporting people in need of housing.  Previously, Bob owned  a business and before that worked with NZ  Police for 30 years.Our team - James.PNG

OCHT Board

From left: Alex Skinner, Pam Sharpe, Lloyd Mander, Paul Lonsdale and Andrew Turner

The Trustees Appointment Committee selected four people to become independent trustees – Alex Skinner, Pam Sharpe, Lloyd Mander and Stephen Phillips. These appointees were in addition to the three already-confirmed Council appointees – Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner, Councillor Vicki Buck and Paul Lonsdale.

The role of the Trustees is to provide leadership and strategic direction and control of the Trust’s activities. The Trust Board will guide and monitor the operations of the Trust with the CEO having delegated responsibility for the day-day operation of the Trust.