TSCC Newsletter

December 2022

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We had a great month here at Tōtara Springs, with 4 school groups per week, every week this month. The TSCC Banquet that was held on the 19th of November was a great success in raising money for the new cabin project and continuing the ministry of Tōtara Springs, but more importantly, reconnecting and strengthening relationships with our alumni.

December continues the fast pass with more school groups in, along with our Youth Sports camp and 2022/23 Family Camps. Staff are looking forward to a week of downtime over Christmas!

The Registrations for Family camp have now closed, and we are getting ready for the fun-filled time with all those coming. If you haven't registered your child/children for Summer Kids Day Camp, Click on the button below.

Please keep safe over this festive month, and look after yourselves, your families and your friends!

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Dear Tōtara Springs whānau,

Chris is away on a much-needed break, but keep an eye out for next month's newsletter for another update from Chris's Desk.

May you all have a Blessed Christmas and New Year!


WELCOME: We would like to welcome two new Team members here at Tōtara Springs!

Ethaniel Tasca, who has been an Intern over the last year, has joined our Instructing Team and is doing a great job learning all of our activities.

Grace Havler is joining our Sports Team as our Part-time Sports Co-ordinator to learn from Andrew and relive some press on him as he continues to run 12 sports camps each year


We wish Cat Mackenzie all the best with the new adventures through Waitomo's caves. We can't wait to learn all about glow worms from you!

VACANCIES: We are still looking to fill the following positions here at TSCC

2x Cooks to join our Catering Team

1x Finance & Admin Manager

1x Bookings Coordinator

Bon Voyage Kate Davis

Kate & Richard Davis arrived at Tōtara Springs in 2010 with their three boys, Ethan, Raymond and Rueben.

Kate started off supporting Richard as General Manager, but not long into being at camp, Kate would volunteer her time with many different ministry camps. She has a passion for getting to know and helping people. She has supported, offered wisdom and prayed for many people. Over the years, many staff looked to both Richard and Kate for advice and support.

Later, Kate started working at camp with the housekeeping Team for a couple of years, so she knows every knock and cranny of camp.

After Richard moved to a new job away from Tōtara Springs, Kate continued to work part-time in the housekeeping team. On the 30th of November, Kate's time working at Tōtara Springs came to an end. We know that Kate and Richard will always have a special place here at Tōtara Springs and will be back and help when needed.

Matthew 7 v 24 & 25 are verses about building your life on a solid foundation. Kate has been a solid foundation for her family, Tōtara Springs, camp staff, and guests that have come through. We look forward to seeing how God blesses you and your family through all the wonderful things He is still going to do through you, Kate!

Kate Cool Runnings and FC


The month of November has seen the interns help prepare for the end of the year.

They have also been learning to make coffee to serve at Family Camp.

It has been a privilege to work with the interns this year and grow in areas of ministry and instructing. They have taken on new tasks and challenges with such an openness to learning what it takes to put a kid's programme together.

Tavita has taken on the men’s breakfast at Family Camp, making sure this is something the men will enjoy.

Emma is looking after the kid's programme for Family Camp and is programming at the day camp coming up.

Kiana is helping to organise the women’s high tea at Family Camp as well as the final night boogies. She is also learning to roster the staff for Day camp.

Ethaniel, Hayden and Luke have been busy instructing and helping host groups each week. They have been great getting involved with our guests and have given each one a life change experience.

Our interns are nearing their finish date at camp in January. We can’t wait to see what they go on to accomplish and hope they know they have been such an important part of every camp we have hosted this year. Their potential and capacity continue to blow us away.

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Sports office

Such great progress with the Sports office! Well done!
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Friendship Circle

On the 23rd of November, some of the Tōtara Springs Team spend some time at Friendship circle held at the Anglican Church in Matamata, singing some songs, doing a devotion and just making new friends.
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  • Prayer for our communities, families and friends as we reach the end of the year, to be revived and refreshed in the festive season we are entering.
  • Prayer for protection over all during the festive season
  • Prayer for the vacancies at Tōtara Springs to be filled with the right people who share the same values and faith in Christ.
  • Praise for the Miracle of life that we get to celebrate
  • Praise for all the blessings and good things we experience each day.
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Tōtara Springs Christian Centre

We are a Christian camp that brings God’s love to each person who visits. We are especially committed to serving our guests with outstanding hospitality.