March 21, 2016

New Zealand Christchurch Mission

Here are free resources about the New Zealand Christchurch Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: New Zealand LDS Missions.

New Zealand Christchurch Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the New Zealand Christchurch Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

New Zealand Christchurch Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the New Zealand Christchurch Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the New Zealand Christchurch Mission

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with New Zealand Christchurch RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the New Zealand Christchurch Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews. Coming soon..

Videos about New Zealand

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about New Zealand. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about New Zealand, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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New Zealand Christchurch Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the New Zealand Christchurch Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

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New Zealand Christchurch Mission Groups

Here are New Zealand Christchurch Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. New Zealand Christchurch Mission (Spackman – 1983-86) Group (199 members)
  2. New Zealand Christchurch Mission (Baxter – 1986-89) Group (192 members)
  3. New Zealand Christchurch Mission – The Taggs (89 – 92) Group (13 members)
  4. New Zealand Christchurch Mission President Philip T. Sonntag Group (11 members)

New Zealand Christchurch Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the New Zealand Christchurch Mission!

Shirt designs include New Zealand Christchurch Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: New Zealand Christchurch missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse New Zealand Mission gifts

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New Zealand Christchurch Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the New Zealand Christchurch LDS Mission.

  1. 1989-1992, Melvin Tagg
  2. 1986-1989, Dean D. Baxter
  3. 1983-1986, Grant L. Spackman
  4. 1980-1983, Keith R. Oakes
  5. 1977-1980, Philip T. Sonntag
  6. 1976-1977, Ivan G Radman

New Zealand LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 111,141
  • Missions: 3
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 222
  • Family History Centers: 51

Helpful Articles about the New Zealand

Coming soon..

New Zealand Christchurch Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from New Zealand Christchurch RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • June 1987-December 1988 (Cindy)
  • 1973-1974 (Paneta)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Weelington, Masterton, Whanganui, Christchurch, Lower hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua, Petone, Tawa, Timaru. (Paneta)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Steak and mushroom meat pie. Potato fritters and chips with salt and vinegar. Samoan noodles. Pavlovian. Ice cream. (Cindy)
  • Chicken fried rice, fish and chips, German chocolate cake, boil up, umu’s and hangi’s. (Paneta)

What was a funny experience?

  • My companion and were riding our bikes to the next appointment and I hit the curb and flew over the handle bars and landed with my skirt over my head at the feet of a gentleman. (Cindy)
  • Being chased off property by a German Shepherd dog……I didn’t know that I could hurdle but did so over a picket fence in Christchurch and I didn’t even tear my suit pants. (2) going head over heel off my push bike in Porirua as I came down a steep incline and my front tire was stuck in soft mud. My exclamation was not Missionary vocabulary because my companion thought it funny and laughed……….I repented that night. (Paneta)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Being pushed off a porch physically when told to leave. (Cindy)
  • We were on push bikes. Missionaries assigned to car offered to pull us along in their mini…..we held on to the car door as they drove along. That was really dumb and dangerous. My companion came a ‘cropper’ when they drove too fast and my companion hit an obstacle on the road and came off his bike. All four missionaries learned about road and car safety that day. We did not report the incident to Z/L’s, A/P’s and/or Mission President. We would’ve got ‘roasted’ for the display of foolishness. (Paneta)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Attending a baptism of an investigator and knowing the Lord was the instigator and leader of their conversion. (Cindy)
  • Seeing an 83 year old widow respond to the message of hope that she and her recently departed life’s companion, be together forever. We met her on a Wednesday and she was baptized Saturday that week. Her baptism was attended by her daughters and their companions. She was attended to in the font by two missionaries to assure her daughters that she was safe. I received some beautiful letters from her and her daughters about the happiness that came to their mother when she made her covenants with the Lord through baptism. (Paneta)

What are some interesting facts about the New Zealand Christchurch Mission?

  • New Zealand, the Islands of the long white cloud. Maori are the natives. Pakihas are the European white people. The seasons are opposite to the United States. The food is generally seafood and lamb. The dairy is rich and delicious. (Cindy)
  • I returned home with an Australian accent and as soon as someone in my ward said that typically of all New Zealand missionaries return with an accent, I dropped it straight away. I hadn’t realized that I had acquired it. I grew to love the New Zealand people, especially when I wasn’t accepting of my call to the country which I was resident in. That was a humbling factor that took a month to get rid of my disappointment. It was the best thing that happened. The Lord knew it and I soon learned ……”I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord”. (Paneta)

What was the weather like?

  • Humid. The winter is a lot of rain and bone chilling like England. (Cindy)
  • I experienced both hot and cold, blustery as weather, rain. Normal New Zealand weather. (Paneta)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • They are patient and spiritual. I like the scenery and the fact that there is a beach not too far off. (Cindy)
  • The not so well to do people are honest, kind and loving once you get through the meet and greet stage. You have to avoid superficial behavioral responses or you will know that your welcome will be short lived. (Paneta)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Pack for the season. December and January is summer and June and July is winter. (Cindy)
  • None. Everyone’s physiology is different. Each person must dress comfortably for each season. (Paneta)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • The blessing of learning to talk to people. My family was blessed. (Cindy)
  • Learning about people. Learning about companion relationships. Reading, studying and praying to the Lord. Journal keeping. Faithfulness. (Paneta)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Learned to speak better. Confidence. (Cindy)
  • Talking/discussing truths, issues. Listening to others. Praying/Fasting/Testifying. Feeling for others and feeling as the Lord would feel. (Paneta)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • To be more patient with my companions and love them heaps. Learn to listen to the Spirit and his promptings. (Cindy)
  • I wish I was, as I had finished the course of my mission, at the commencement……but that is foolishness. (Paneta)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to New Zealand Christchurch?

  • Be patient with yourself and continually strive to listen to the Spirit. Obey prompting from the Spirit. (Cindy)
  • Prepare early in life. Go to Seminary and Institute. Be faithful in Aaronic Priesthood duties. Read the Book of Mormon as you must declare the supporting evidence to the life and mission of Jesus Christ to that which is in the Bible. Be clean. (Paneta)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Serviette = napkin. Bathroom = bathing room, bath tub and sink. May I use your loo or toilet. Instead of asking for the bathroom. (Cindy)
  • I was able to speak my mother tongue again…..Samoan. I had put it aside at the direction of my father when we migrated from Samoa to New Zealand. I never spoke it again since the age of 6. It helped us through the doors of Samoan and Tokelau people. (Paneta)