Heidi en­joys Chris­tian min­istry

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

‘‘I am

not

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.

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