25 Feb 2011

Multi-cultural Pacific church aiming to help its members in Christchurch

7:59 am on 25 February 2011

The senior minister of a multi-cultural Pacific church in Christchurch says he's trying to arrange help for those of his congregation who need it.

The St Paul's Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church's congregation is made up largely of Samoans but also includes people from the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, and of Maori and European descent.

Reverend Lapana Faletolu says it's been difficult to get in touch with congregation members.

"I know there are some people who have moved away from their homes, especially in the Bexley and Aranui area, which we are part of as well. And I know that people have shifted away from their homes and lived with friends or with members of the congregation or with their relatives and those are the people who we want to target and we want to see what we can do to help them."

Reverend Lapana Faletolu says in his view the St Paul's church building, which is registered with the Historic Places Trust and survived a fire in 2009 as well as last year's earthquake, is now a write-off.