Heidi enjoys Christian ministry
When Heidi Maunder went back to Australia to visit her family in June, they complained she was becoming too much like a kiwi – but that doesn’t bother her at all.
‘‘I now say ‘eh’ at the end of every sentence apparently,’’ she laughed.
The 27 year old still has her Australian accent but she said Matamata had become like home.
‘‘Matamata is really such a beautiful part of New Zealand,’’ she said.
‘‘I just love getting out and going for walks in the bush around here.’’
She arrived in Matamata in June 2008 with her husband Bret and together they have been working at Totara Springs Christian Centre.
However, next month she will be finishing her role as the holiday camp coordinator which involved organising various camps, leadership development, volunteering around camp and as she said, ‘‘lots of paper work’’.
Instead Mrs Maunder is hoping to devote her time to children’s ministry in the community through Matamata Bible Church. Both staff and holiday visitors will miss her friendly smile around camp but she said it is nice to leave a job that she still loves and has no bad memories of. ‘‘I loved it so much here. The holiday season was definitely a highlight and seeing all the kids comes to camp.
‘‘We do so much work, then to see it all happen at camp and to see the kids enjoy it, is just great. There have been a few kids who have been woven into my life for this season and it has been so special.’’
She said team members at Totara Springs had also been a highlight.
‘‘It has been amazing to work with a lot of people who share the same faith and values and at camp all your neighbours are your friends,’’ she said.
The couple have been married for four years and Mr Maunder will be continuing his work at Totara Springs for the time being.
completely sure what
the future holds past that but 2012 is an open book, ready for God to write on the pages,’’ Mrs Maunder said.
‘‘We both love it here and have found home here but we are open to change and maybe we will even start a family.’’
Felicity Stone and Raymond Lee will be taking over her role on August 7 but Mrs Maunder said she would still show her face around camp every now and again and put in a helping hand over summer.
Loving New Zealand: Heidi Maunder has found her home after moving to Matamata from Australia to work at Totara Springs Christian Camp.