Message from the Moderator on the Samoa measles epidemic

Samoa, our neighbour in strife

The measles outbreak in the beautiful islands of Samoa has rocked and shaken this pristine paradise to its very core. The lives of so many lost so harshly - especially the lives of little infants, so fragile, so beloved.

New Zealand has once more responded magnificently to a Pacific neighbour in need of assistance. Both financially and with resources, medicines, and most vitally, experts in the health sector. It is gracious and impressive, an overwhelming response. I am touched and very honoured to be called a Kiwi. We are all part of our nation’s response.

Whatever you can do, give or offer to help the people of Samoa know that it is appreciated. You make all the difference by being involved, participating and assisting those in need.

Please offer your prayers to all those affected by the measles epidemic – those who have lost their lives, those who are sick, families and friends who grieve, health care workers who are doing all they can, and for all who have been touched by this terrible disease.

Bless you and your loved ones at this Advent Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We serve and live as followers and people of Christ. The baby of Bethlehem gives us all hope, faith and love.


Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

The main organisations accepting donations for Samoa (there are many other smaller organisations and groups):…;
and the Samoan Government…
The New Zealand Government has deployed teams of New Zealand health workers to Samoa as part of the official New Zealand support to the Samoan Government’s measles response. If you are trained and have clinical qualifications and would like to be considered for future deployments with the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT), managed by the Ministry of Health, more information is here…