14 Oct 2019

Govt cracks down on university accommodation providers

From Checkpoint, 5:24 pm on 14 October 2019

Student halls of residence will be bound by a mandatory code of practice following the death of a 19-year-old whose body lay undiscovered for weeks in his room at a Christchurch student hostel.

E-commerce student Mason Pendrous was found dead in the Sonoda hall of residence on September 23. The accommodation is run by Campus Living Villages. 

He was found after another student climbed onto the roof to look into his room.

Mason's stepfather, Anthony Holland told Checkpoint they chose the hall because it explicitly advertised pastoral care - yet no-one from CLV has been able to tell him when they last saw his son alive.

Canterbury University has launched an independent investigation. But this evening Education Minister, Chris Hipkins has moved to tighten the rules around what is expected from student halls of residence. He talks to Lisa Owen.