Rotorua based Kiwi Coffin club makes coffins in return for donations. After hearing about the tragedy in Samoa, they decided to contact their suppliers
Dianne Pye from Kiwi Coffin Club. Photo

twenty-four people - mainly children - who died in the Samoa measles outbreak will get a dignified burial due to a Rotorua club's labour of love.

A 7-month-old receives a vitamin A suppl
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The call came from a Samoan in Auckland, New Zealand, by way of the man’s father, an undertaker in Samoa: They needed children’s caskets.

So Ron Wattam of the Kiwi Coffin Club sprang into action.


A group of volunteers from Rotorua has been working 12-hour days to make tiny coffins for the victims of Samoa's measles crisis. 

"Every single one of us are volunteers. All senior citizens and I say that being 70, and the oldest being 90," said Ron Wattam, the trustee and treasurer of the Rotorua Kiwi Coffin Club.