Assembly Of God

'God bless them': NZ-based Samoan church at centre of cluster brushes off racist abuse

One of the messages circulating on social media referred to the community as "stupid coconuts" and said the community should get tested "before you kill us all".

The Pacific community has the highest testing rate in the country to date, with 981 tests per 1000 people compared to 479 for Pākehā. The church leader, who did not wish to be named, said members were disappointed by the attack but they felt no need to retaliate, adding "they can say whatever, it changes nothing".