The Team

The NZFT territory's youth team has a pretty impressive line-up. All these cats do an amazing job with all things youth related - running programmes and events, looking after their flock and pretending to be young.

Check them out, read up on them a little and get to know them better. You could even print out their pictures and make collectable cards. Do it.



Major Joanne Wardle - Territorial Youth Secretary

Joanne is the head honcho for youth in the NZFT territory. She has to sit through a lot of boring meetings but she also gets to hang out with an awesome bunch of young people around the territory. Jo likes power lifting (don't mess with her), 'slumming it' like a missionary and laughing at random things... she's like ya fun aunty so just call her Aunty Jo!



ben-team Ben MaxwellYouth Programme Coordinator

Ben is an all round good guy, who loves to keep organised, hit the gym and coordinate a whole bunch of programmes and events for youth and their leaders. Ben is also a true blue Aussie and loves hearing your aussie jokes - especially about the Wallabies...



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Leslie D'MelloAdministrative Assistant

Leslie is the only person on THQ that knows what’s going on, and what he doesn't know he makes up. Without him, the youth department is like a confused huddle of penguins on a drifting iceburg. He's a bit of a cheeky bloke but is the kind of guy you’d want on your quiz team.



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Vanessa SinghMission Resource Developer - part time

Vanessa's main role in the Youth Department is to oversee Amplify as well as bring the style and class to the team. The majority of Vanessa's work is for another department but she just can't let go of youth ministry... even though the team tries to kick her out regularly.




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Captain Mat BadgerDivisonal Youth Secretary

Mat is married to Jules and they are Salvation Army officers having served in a range of appointments. Mat returns to the best team in the territory having previously been the Divisional Youth Secretary in Northern Division. Mat is an all round good guy with a great beard. Say hi to him when you see him around, and compliment him on his beard!






Major Robert CopeDivisional Youth Secretary and Divisional Candidates Secretary

Rob is married to Julie and together they have three sons, Philip, Christopher (married to Aimee) and Andrew, and a daughter Hadassah AND, I know he doesn't look old enough, but two grand-daughters Gabriella and Madeleine (to Chris and Aimee). He is the oldest DYS in the territory (maybe history) but still loves seeing young people reach their full potential and helping their leaders.




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Major Katherine Sonntag - Divisional Youth Secretary and Divisional Children's Secretary

Katherine is a great for the role of overseeing all things youth in the Central Division. She has a wealth of experience in youth minsitry having been DYS in previous appointments. She's also in charge of all the children's work in the Central Division. Katherine loves hanging out, drinking a strong coffee and investing into young people! Say hi when you see her around!





Major Alison MoodyDivisional Youth Secretary

Alison knows a thing or two about young people, raising three handsome young men and ministering to a million young people throughout her officership. Alison and her husband David are team players and love to travel the south island together and get into youth and children's ministry... while riding their Harley.




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Lieutenant Seru NapolioniDivisional Youth Secretary

Landing the privleged job of doing all things youth related in Fiji, Seru gets to travel around the islands and encourage all the youth as well as assist things with his wife Ruci as assitant Corps Officer at Labasa Corps. Seru knows a thing or two about young people and with a bunch of kids of his own, Seru is definitely the right man for the job!




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Filipe Saafi - Regional Youth and Children's Worker

Filipe is a fun-loving, young Tongan dude who is always full of energy, jokes and crazy dance moves. Filipe loves young people and oversees the youth activities in Tonga, while making sure everyone is having a good time and getting their praise on.



What's what & who's who?

The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory is made up of five divisions and one region.

A 'division' refers to the group of corps (churches) and centres within a geographical area and simply helps organise the bigger structure.

Our five divisions are: Northern (upper North Island), Midland (middle North Island), Central (lower North Island), Southern (South Island) and Fiji (all Fiji islands). Tonga is included as a 'region', as it is slightly smaller.

Each division has an Officer who oversees all the youth work in that area. These cats are called Divisional Youth Secetaries, and do a whole heap of cool work. We also have a Territorial Youth Secretary who oversees the Territory's youth ministry; the big picture.

You're in safe hands, don't worry.