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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; fishing to local mission projects.
‘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.
Leadership development to equip young Christians to be leaders of impact, today and in the future is a focus of two programmes: ‘Exodus Prime’ and ‘Beyond Experience’. ‘Exodus Prime’ is for secondary school students ready to develop personally and as Christian leaders. Students nominated by their church or school attend a five-day camp followed by in-church mentoring for 12 months. Each year of a four-year cycle stands alone but students can return to build on previous learning. ‘Beyond Experience’ is for young leaders beyond school age. Current and potential future SUNZ ministry and programme leaders are identified and invited on a multi-year journey including retreats and monthly meetings with experienced mentors from SUNZ for guided reflection and discussion.
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!
Children & Families Ministry
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. Since Covid-19, providing online resources has become an increased part of our support for children and family’s ministry workers.
‘Thrive’ is 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. SUNZ mentors then walk alongside the church as they work on these areas over the following year.
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.
9A Oxford Terrace
Tel: +64 4 385 0485
General Enquiries: [email protected]
Chair: Neil Walbran
National Director: Hilary Hague
Deputy Director: Richard Apperly
National Youth Ministry: Neville Bartley
National Children & Families Ministry: Liz Eichler
National Leadership Development: Paul Humphreys
Head Office Staff
Fundraising Manager: Peilin Cheng
Resources Administrator: AnnaMarie Slessor
CFO: Ishani Noble
Accountant: Anitha Yadavaraj
Accounts Assistant : Geetanjali Purwal
Marketing & Multimedia Specialist: Meshach Singh
Communications Assistant: Alisha McLennan
Fundraising Assistant: Paul Martell
Children & Families Administrator: Isla McDonald
Database Administrator: Janet Walbran
Camps Administrator: Donna Beech
Auckland Office Manager: Glenis Silby
Children & Families Consultant: Andrew Ramsbottom
Youth Consultant: Andy Banks
Supporter Relations Facilitator: Sylvia Coulter
Wellington & Central Region
Youth Consultant: Vacant
Children & Families Consultant: Andrea Lukin
North Island Camps Facilitator: Natalie Duchesne
South Island Camps Facilitator: Jayden Meads
National Leadership Development Facilitator: Paul Humphreys
Beyond Experience Administrator: Beth Coates
Southern Regional Director: Nigel Winder
Children & Families Consultant: Nigel Winder
Youth Consultant: Lizzie Moore
Postal Address (National)
PO Box 760
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