News Release

Historical Exhibit Connects New Zealand-Based Samoans to their Past

Over the coming weeks Samoans living in New Zealand, and others, will have the opportunity to view a special exhibit on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Samoan Islands. 

The exhibit depicts Latter-day Saint history in Samoa and American Samoa during the 19th and 20th centuries.

“While the artwork, video, stories and other exhibit materials are focused on the heritage of Latter-day Saint Samoans,” explains Church spokesperson Sonny Samuela, “there is something for all Samoans here. As well as anyone else interested in Samoan or faith-based histories.”

On 21 June the Church hosted the exhibit at 15 Rowandale Road, Manurewa, Auckland.

The exhibit is now travelling to other locations in Auckland as well as Hastings and Wellington:

  • 71 Lincoln Park Avenue, Massey, Waitakere (Saturday 19 July, 6pm).
  • 4-50 Peterhead Avenue, Flaxmere, Hastings (Friday 25 July, 6.30pm to 9pm; Saturday 26 July, 8am to 12 Noon ).
  • 75 Ferguson Road, Otara, Manukau (Saturday 16 August, 3pm).
  • 88 Drivers Crescent, Cannons Creek, Porirua (23 August to 5 September).

Visitors will enjoy displays, illustrated stories of faith, and a 25 minute Church history film.  Materials will be in both English and Samoan.

Two years ago the exhibit travelled extensively throughout Samoa and American Samoa. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to connect with their past with over 6,000 people attending.

Church teachings place strong emphasis on the importance of family relationships, including a focus on genealogy.  Church leader Henry B. Eyring teaches “…as we remember our past and keep personal and family histories, we will receive important blessings …”

All are welcome to attend the events and admission is free. 

For more information contact Mr Mel Whaanga at or on 021-578-819 or 09-263-7377 (after hours).








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