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  • At-risk youth

  • Bible Guides & Bible reading app

  • Bookshop

  • Camps

  • Children & families ministry

  • Holiday programmes

  • Kids' Clubs

  • Leadership development

  • Local youth missions

  • mental health resources

  • Ministry consultants, research and resources

  • Networking and mentoring

  • Youth ministry

Ministry snapshots from New Zealand

SUNZ and our team of Youth Consultants offer adventure-based camps, progressive youth programmes and innovative resources for youth leaders and churches in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Since 1931 our Christian camping experiences have used varied activities to bring campers closer to God: from surf to ski; mountain bike to horseback; boating to story-telling; local mission projects.

Leadership development is a focus of ‘Exodus Prime’ which equips young Christians to be leaders of impact, today and in the future. Students ready to develop personally and as Christian leaders are nominated by their church or school to attend a five-day camp and afterwards receive in-church mentoring for 12 months. Each year of a four-year cycle stands alone but students can return to build on previous learning.

‘E3’ expeditions are 11-day wilderness adventures to develop senior school students. As young people tramp, mountain bike, and kayak or white-water raft through beautiful backcountry New Zealand they are pushed physically and emotionally and are challenged to consider the spiritual implications ahead in life after school.

A recent focus of SUNZ has been running Āpōpō, a mental health/suicide awareness programme for young people, in schools, churches and communities. Camps also run for special groups such as at-risk youth identified by schools. We’re always looking for new ways to connect today’s generation with our Creator!

SUNZ offers leadership development, camps and community programmes to help churches connect with young New Zealanders. SUPAkidz after-school clubs and week-long camps bring primary school children action, games and craft based around exploring the Bible together. Our Children’s Ministry Consultants provide resources, mentoring and training for churches and children and family workers across Aotearoa, New Zealand. Each year a series of ‘WAY2GO’ day-long children’s ministry conferences held around the country bring inspirational teaching, exposure to current thinking on children’s ministry and practical workshops filled with tips for children’s ministry.

We are at the forefront of research into children’s ministry in New Zealand, conducting and publishing an inter-denominational survey every two years. Recognising the drop-off in church attendance by young people, SUNZ developed ‘You’re Losing Us’, an interactive workshop to help churches build life-long faith in their young people. Key strategies for churches to make faith formation more effective for young people are introduced, and activities and guided small group discussion identify areas of greatest challenge and start to set priorities for each church.

Our Children and Families Team also facilitate the nation-wide Children’s Ministry Network which provides access to training, events and network opportunities across the denominations.

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Contact Details

Scripture Union New Zealand

Head Office
9A Oxford Terrace
Mount Cook
Wellington 6021
New Zealand

Tel: +64 4 385 0485

Postal Address
PO Box 760
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

  • Email

  • www.sunz.org.nz

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People

Leadership

Chair: Neil Walbran  

National Director: Hilary Hague

National Youth Ministry Ministry: Neville Bartley

National Children & Families Ministry: Nigel Winder

Head Office Staff

Marketing Manager: Jamuel Enriquez

Operations and Fundraising Manager: Kate Amos

Resources Administrator: AnnaMarie Slessor

CFO: Ishani Noble

Accountant: Anitha Yadavaraj

Accounts Assistant: Xiangxiang Zhao

Communications Assistant: Janice Hunt

Children & Families Administration: Alison Davies

Database Administration: Janet Walbran

Health and Safety Officer: Ben Necklen

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Regional Offices

Northern Region

Office Address
60 Rockfield Road
Penrose Central
Auckland 1061
New Zealand

Tel +64 9 379 9363

Postal Address
PO Box 112123
Penrose
Auckland

People

Regional Staff

North Island Camps Facilitator: Natalie Dufresne

Children & Families Consultant: Andrew Ramsbottom

Children & Families Consultant: Annette Osborne

Children & Families Consultant: Paul Dadd

Youth Consultant: Andy Banks

Auckland Office Manager: Glenis Silby

Supporter Relations Facilitator: Sylvia Coulter

Southern Region & SU Camps

Office Address
137 Yarrow Street
Invercargill 9810
New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 214 1834

Postal Address
PO Box 7
Invercargill 9840
New Zealand

People

Regional Staff

Southern Regional Facilitator and Children & Families Consultant: Nigel Winder

South Island Camps Facilitator: Paul Humphreys

Camps Administrator: Karen Poy

Otago/Southland Youth Consultant: Lizzie Moore

Stay Real Leader (at-risk youth): Richard Starling

People

Regional Staff

Children & Families Consultant: Liz Eichler

All about New Zealand

  • Population

    4,916,817

  • Religion

    Protestant 32.7%, Roman Catholic 11.6%, Maori Christian 1.3%, Hindu 2.1%, Buddhist 1.4%, Islam 1.1%,Other Religions 1.4%, None 38.5%

  • Population under 15

    19.7%

  • Official language

    English, Māori, New Zealand Sign Language