A Samoan man walks through debris of his neighbourhood near Lalomanu on the southern coast of Western Samoa September 30, 2009, as he looks for a matching shoe.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged $25,000 towards relief efforts in response to the earthquake and tsunami in the central Pacific on Wednesday (NZT). It is appealing for donations to help relief and recovery following the devastation that has affected parts of Samoa, American Samoa and the northern islands of Tonga.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is liaising and working through its partners on the ground Caritas Samoa and Caritas Tonga.
"We were there within 5-6 hours after the tsunami struck delivering assistance.
Caritas teams say that a significant tsunami triggered by an 8.3-magnitude earthquake in the South Pacific has caused appalling destruction on the Samoa islands.
The quake struck at dawn, causing a tsunami that killed people and swept away property in Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa) and American Samoa (a US territory).
In Samoa, the tsunami struck the south sides of the two main islands of Upolu and Savai'i.