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 youth in their corner of the territory and pretending to be young themselves.

Check them out and get to know them a little better below. You could even print out their pictures and make collectable cards! Do it.


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Captain Mat Badger - Territorial Youth Secretary

Mat is married to Jules and, as Salvation Army officers, they have 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, and now back at it again! 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!



ben-team Ben MaxwellYouth Programme Coordinator

Ben is an all round good guy who loves being organised, hitting the gym, and coordinating 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.



Leslie Team

Leslie D'MelloAdministrator

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 want on your quiz team.



Scott Team

Scott KeaneYouth Web and Resource Manager

Scott is the newest and most attractive member of the Youth Department and looks after the Firezone website and social media stuff. He also shares a birthday with Jackie Chan!




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Vanessa Singh - Mission Resource Developer - part time

Vanessa's main role in the Youth Department is to oversee Amplify as well as bringing 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.




mat team

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!



Jules Team

Captain Jules Badger - Assistant Youth Secretary

Jules loves M&Ms and middle-aged men with beards (preferably ones called Mat Badger). As Mat has a fancy dual role this year, he needs an amazing assistant at Northern DHQ, and there is no one more qualified than Jules. Mat and Jules have two teenagers of their own, who take up the rest of Jules' time, especially this year as they are both learning to drive. Jules has been a DYS before, loves being a youth small group leader, and finds it hard to choose between Ed Sheeran and James Arthur.





Major Robert CopeDivisional Youth and Candidates Secretary

Rob is married to Julie and together they have three sons, Philip (married to Lavinia), 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 working with young people and seeing them reach their full potential.




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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 ministry, having been DYS in previous appointments. She also oversees 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!



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Kate Geddes - Divisional Youth and Children's Mission Director

As part of Kate's role, she gets to organise and facilitate all the events and camps for youth and kids in the Central Division, which means dreaming big, hanging out with young people and leaders at these events and seeing what God wants to do in the lives of young people in Central Division. She also helps with mission resourcing of corps and centres. Kate has grown up in the Central Division so Central blood flows through her veins! She loves hanging out and having a yarn over a coffee and cake, having fun, going to the beach, watching movies, dancing like a crazy person and eating M&Ms. If you're ever around Central DHQ, pop in and say hi!



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Major Alison MoodyDivisional Youth and Candidates Secretary

Alison knows a thing or two about young people, having raisied 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.




Seru team

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 Secretary

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. If you're around Nuku'alofa please make sure you drop by at the Regional Headquarter at Mosimani Building to say hi to Lipe and check out what's coming up for the Youth in Tonga.



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.