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Rough lives speak  by issuing body. Street Poets & Artists Collective Enterprise

Rough lives speak

issuing body. Street Poets & Artists...

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"Rough Lives Speak, the anthology by Street Poets & Artists Collective Enterprise. SPACE is made up of eight poets and an artist--seven poets published in this book. Voices in this book speak straight from the heart of former rough sleepers honed thr...

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Sea people  by Christina Thompson

Sea people

Christina Thompson

Book

"For more than a millennium, Polynesians occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, an enormous triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Sailing in large, double-hulled canoes, without the benefit of maps, writing, or...

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Lāuga  by Sadat. author. Muaiava

Lāuga

Sadat. author. Muaiava

Book

"Lāuga or Sāmoan oratory is a premier cultural practice in the fa‘asāmoa (Sāmoan culture), a sacred ritual that embodies all that fa‘asāmoa represents, such as identity, inheritance, respect, service, gifting, reciprocity and knowledge. Delivered as ...

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Everything I should have learned I could have learned in Tonga  by Tina Martin

Everything I should have learned I could have learned in Tonga

Tina Martin

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"Enter that dreamworld in this whimsical, often funny memoir weaving together essays, diary entries, original song lyrics, and even a novella showing how the author chose to fictionalize the true story she relates to us about her life and loves in the...

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Whales of Tonga  by Tim Rock

Whales of Tonga

Tim Rock

Book

"This book is a bit of a new departure for author Tim Rock, who usually produces guides to famous scuba diving destinations. While Tonga does have some amazing scuba diving, in this book, Rock concentrates on viewing and interacting with humpback whales...

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Hunga Tonga  by Larry W. Jones

Hunga Tonga

Larry W. Jones

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"When the Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on January 15,2022, destruction, death and personal stories of survival filled the news worldwide. Sonic waves from the blast were recorded around the globe. Tonga is known as "The Friendly Islands"...

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Navigators forging a culture and founding a nation, Volume II. Navigators founding a Christian nation in Polynesia  by Fata Ariu Levi

Navigators forging a culture and founding a nation, Volume II. Navigators founding a Christian nation in Polynesia

Fata Ariu Levi

Book

"This book offers a complete history and culture of the Samoans and Manu'ans, chronicled in a new narrative, thus giving a new perspective on reality. It's an Orator Chief’s treatise covering over 3000 years of history and culture, reimagined through...

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I don't remember my father's face  by Melenaite Uata

I don't remember my father's face

Melenaite Uata

Book

"Why can't I break free from my past? From the ashes of destitution rises a story of one man's journey with ferocity and defiance against all odds. Birthed at the heels of the Great Depression on a tiny Pacific island, 'Utili's life was nothing but o...

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Around the corner from nowhere  by John Roberts

Around the corner from nowhere

John Roberts

Book

"Stories of buried treasure, ghostly fire, real-life Robinson Crusoes and the Mafia are among the many secrets uncovered as you explore the South Pacific paradise of the Cook Islands through the pages of this book. "Around the corner from nowhere" is...

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Birds of the Cook Islands  by Wolfgang J. Daunicht

Birds of the Cook Islands

Wolfgang J. Daunicht

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Navigation  by Kingsley Smith

Navigation

Kingsley Smith

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"In Navigation: Kupe & Cook, Kingsley Smith traces the beginnings of travel by boat as man migrated out of Africa and arrived in Sahul: Australia-New Guinea, 50,000 years ago. He discusses the role of navigation in Literary societies, up to the voyages...

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Paradise camp  by Shigeyuki Kihara

Paradise camp

Shigeyuki Kihara

Book

"Internationally renowned artist Yuki Kihara - the first Fa'afafine and Pacific artist to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the Venice Biennale - reframes history through a contemporary queer, Indigenous lens. Interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara is known...

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Frommer's Hawaii. by Jeanne Cooper

Frommer's Hawaii.

Jeanne Cooper

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Earth's embrace  by Lani Wendt Young

Earth's embrace

Lani Wendt Young

Book

How do you contain a fire god? All Leila and Daniel want is their 'happy ever after'. But there's a small problem - Pele isn't dead and gone. She may not be in control of Leila anymore, but she's still a brooding, simmering threat searching for a way...

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Tackle your success  by Filipo Levi

Tackle your success

Filipo Levi

Book

"After 13 years of professional rugby, it was time to retire and start all over again. Filipo Levi faced the challenge head-on. In this book, TACKLE Your Success, Filipo reveals a powerful new framework for facing your biggest career challenge...change....

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Beats of the pa'u  by Maria Samuela

Beats of the pa'u

Maria Samuela

Book

"And in the night time we will dance in the moonlight to the quick, steady beats of the pa'u. The pa'u is the pulse of the Cook Islands, a rhythm carrying narratives of a culture to its people. But beyond the reach of its sound, on another shore, a c...

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Love and money  by H. T. Retzlaff

Love and money

H. T. Retzlaff

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"Love and money" is a cross-cultural love story which begins in the unusual setting of King's College in South Auckland. New Zealand's most eligible bachelor falls in love with a Samoan girl who lives next door to the school. This novel reveals the...

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Growing with mother nature

Growing with mother nature

Book

Samoa's first Women's farming calendar, featuring 12 women growers, their stories and the revival of traditional or organic farming.

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Vā

Book

"Stories that tell Covid how we really feel, where a centipede god watches on with wry humour and wrath, where a sexy Samoan goes on a hot Tinder date in Honolulu, where a New Zealand doctor is horrified to be stuck at her cousin's kava drink up in Fiji,...

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BTW

BTW

Book

"The Whau ArtBOOK features over 50 Artists across all ages and disciplines. Because of the spread of innovative and traditional arts, Whau The People believe it will appeal to the wide-ranging cultural melting pot of Whau residents. The ArtBOOK illum...

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Bringing back the forgotten  by Daren Kamali

Bringing back the forgotten

Daren Kamali

Book

"For almost two centuries locked away in its storage net, this ulu cavu is about to feel human hands once more..." Join the (Un) Registered Savages of Aotearoa, as they shine a light on an ancient Fijian practice as they embark on thier journey to bring...

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In my DNA  by Manawa Nahi-Phillips

In my DNA

Manawa Nahi-Phillips

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"Ten young people from Pacific Advance Secondary School worked with teacher-author David Riley to share stories of the people, cultures and places that make them who they are, bring them joy and inspire them to be excellent."--Publisher's description...

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Mata oti = Eyes of death  by Lani Wendt Young

Mata oti = Eyes of death

Lani Wendt Young

Book

"The virus has breached the island's borders. Paradise has fallen. The apocalypse is here. From reclusive librarian to warrior guardian... She must safeguard her two nieces as Samoa battles a mutant variant of the deadly virus that's raging across the...

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Tears of Apa'ula  by Pemerika L. (Pemerika Leiataua) Tauiliili

Tears of Apa'ula

Pemerika L. (Pemerika Leiataua) Tau...

Book

"This is a legend about the powerful Samoan warrior giant, Vaea and his beloved Apaula, a beautiful Fijian princess. Find out the mythical origins of prominent historical landmarks such Mount Vaea and Vailima as well as interesting facts about Savalalo,...

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ʻO le Sōgā  by Lofipo Siāmoā Niuafolau Taputū Sineva Peilua

ʻO le Sōgā

Lofipo Siāmoā Niuafolau Taputū Sineva...

Book

A collection of information on Samoan protocols, traditions, oratory (addresses and honorifics) and genealogy. Includes information on American Samoa.

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Ko au ko e tama Niue  by Damarian Aka-Keukeu

Ko au ko e tama Niue

Damarian Aka-Keukeu

Book

"Fourteen Niue young people worked with teacher-writer David Riley, to bring you this book – Ko Au Ko e Tama Niue. The stories they’ve written demonstrate their immense pride in being Niue. You’ll read about a beloved ancestor, swimming in Niue, fishing...

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Sweat and salt water  by Teresia Teaiwa

Sweat and salt water

Teresia Teaiwa

Book

"On 21 March 2017, associate professor Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa passed away at the age of forty-eight. News of Teaiwa's death precipitated an extraordinary outpouring of grief unmatched in the Pacific studies community since Epeli Hau'ofa's passing in 2...

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Olaga fou  by Alison Matai'a

Olaga fou

Alison Matai'a

Book

"Alison and Tavale Matai'a married in New Zealand in 1971 and went to Samoa as teachers, expecting to return to New Zealand after two years, While there, they felt the call of God to work with the Samoan young people and started a coffee bar called 'One...

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My grandfather is a canoe  by Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i

My grandfather is a canoe

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i

Book

"Forward from Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr A collection of poems, but more, I think a collection of experiences, learnings, wishes, dreams, desires, and commentaries on life. The people I know. The experiences I know. All these things I know because I have a...

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Tama Sāmoa  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Tama Sāmoa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

Sione, Lima, Tavita and Filipo are high school friends, uso or brothers. They are part of a special letter-writing project that helps to start a brave new conversation, an open and honest talanoa with themselves starting with the words, Dear Uso ... Here...

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Bloody woman  by Lana Lopesi

Bloody woman

Lana Lopesi

Book

"This wayfinding set of essays, by acclaimed writer and critic Lana Lopesi, explores the overlap of being a woman and Sāmoan. Writing on ancestral ideas of womanhood appears alongside contemporary reflections on women's experiences and the Pacific. T...

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You can't stop the sun from shining  by Sonny Bill Williams

You can't stop the sun from shining

Sonny Bill Williams

Book

"Sonny Bill Williams is a once in a generation athlete – a player with immense sporting talent in rugby league, rugby union and boxing. In his remarkable career, he has won World Cups with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015 and helped the Kiwis reach the...

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America's Pacific Island allies  by Derek Grossman

America's Pacific Island allies

Derek Grossman

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau, which make up the Freely Associated States-as well as the broader region of Oceania-have been the subject of increasing Chinese influence and expressions...

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Mana of the Pacific  by Apisalome Movono

Mana of the Pacific

Apisalome Movono

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Cook Islands legends  by Jon Jonassen

Cook Islands legends

Jon Jonassen

Book

Myths, stories and legends which once guided the lives of young Cook Islanders reveal a panorama of history, place names and genealogical identity. The mystique of the tales fascinated many young people who gathered around their elders to hear them i...

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Sleeping with stones  by Cherie Barford

Sleeping with stones

Cherie Barford

Book

In Sleeping with Stones, beloved Pasifika poet Serie Barford navigates seasons of grief. As she moves through autumn, winter, spring and summer, she traverses the pain, anger, longing and heartache of losing a loved one in poetry that is both steely ...

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Wai Pasifika  by David (David Christopher) Young

Wai Pasifika

David (David Christopher) Young

Book

"David Young focuses on the increasingly endangered resource of freshwater, and what so-called developed societies can learn from the Indigenous voices of the Pacific. Combining nineteenth century and Indigenous sources with a selection of modern studies...

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At home  by Monica Galetti

At home

Monica Galetti

Book

Monica Galetti's career has taken her from her home in Samoa and New Zealand to the professional kitchens of London. Her new cookbook, At Home, showcases the easy, everyday dishes she enjoys at home, with family and friends, using simple ingredients ...

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Te kinakina

Te kinakina

Book

Twelve Cook Island women share stories about how their families came to live in Tokoroa and subsequent events in their own lives here. In doing so we see how important the Cook Island community is to Waikato, and to Aotearoa as a whole.

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Hawai'i, the big island  by Luci Yamamoto

Hawai'i, the big island

Luci Yamamoto

Book

"Lonely Planet Hawaii, the Big Island" is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike trails through smoking craters at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, stargaze at the...

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Meet me in Hawaii  by Georgia Toffolo

Meet me in Hawaii

Georgia Toffolo

Book

''Malie Pukui doesn't believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest...

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Suki and tobacco use among the iTaukei people of Fiji.

Suki and tobacco use among the iTaukei people of Fiji.

Book

"This report is the first in our series of country stories which seek to share indigenous peoples' views on tobacco and their solutions to the harms that result from smoking."--Page 11.

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Le taua o le tuugamau  by Ashok Kumawat

Le taua o le tuugamau

Ashok Kumawat

Book

Tupu Shatrudev o Lalpur manao e pule i le atoa lalolagi. O ia o se sili malosi tupu ma sauaina le lautele lautele i le tele o itu. Ona o lana autau toatele, e leai se tupu e mafai ona manumalo ia te ia i le taua. Ua ia faoa le konetineta o Europa ma ...

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Progress & developments of the churches in the Samoan islands  by Fuimaono Fini Aitaoto

Progress & developments of the churches in the Samoan islands

Fuimaono Fini Aitaoto

Book

"If you're interested in Church-related events on the American Samoan islands during the early twenty-first century, then you need this book. Following up on his first book on the history of the Assemblies of God Church in American Samoa, author Fuimaono...

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Love by numbers  by Lani Wendt Young

Love by numbers

Lani Wendt Young

Book

"A gifted child who was bullied for being different, Tamarina had always preferred silence and solitude to people, using numbers as both shield and as a way to navigate the the world. When she wins prestigious Math fellowship in USA, she is excited about...

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Culture crossroads  by Rubinstine Manukia

Culture crossroads

Rubinstine Manukia

Book

"Pasifika people are at a crossroads and need to decide whether to retain their traditional cultural values and practices, to adopt those of the majority of New Zealanders or find a middle pathway to the future. They feel under pressure in their lives...

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Ka Baibala hemolele a Iēhova ko kākou akua

Ka Baibala hemolele a Iēhova ko kākou akua

Book

"This edition is based on the original Hawaiian Bible produced in the 19th century. Each word, phrase, sentence and passage was considered in its biblical context and respelled to include contemporary Hawaiian spelling using the ʻokina (glottal stop)...

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Pālemia  by Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Pālemia

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Book

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She is not your rehab  by Matt Brown

She is not your rehab

Matt Brown

Book

"Mataio (Matt) Faafetai Malietoa Brown offers the men in his barbershop a haircut with a difference: a safe space to be seen and heard without judgement. As the creator of My Fathers Barbers, Matt has inspired a new generation of New Zealand men to break...

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Reppin'

Reppin'

Book

"From hip-hop artists in the Marshall Islands to innovative multimedia producers in Vanuatu to racial justice writers in Utah, Pacific Islander youth are using radical expression to transform their communities. Exploring multiple perspectives about P...

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Tautua  by Misa Telefoni Retzlaff

Tautua

Misa Telefoni Retzlaff

Book

"Misa Telefoni Retzlaff attended primary school at Marist Brothers’ in Apia and attended King’s College (Auckland) where he was awarded Scholars and Honours Ties. He was the first student at King’s College to win the prestigious Kelliher Economics Sc...

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Reawakened  by Jeff Evans

Reawakened

Jeff Evans

Book

"This book features interviews with 10 master navigators who trained under Mau Piailug (1932-2010), the legendary teacher of traditional, non-instrument wayfinding methods for open-ocean voyaging across the Pacific. They were given the status of mast...

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'Amui 'i mu'a, ancient futures  by Dagmar Dyck

'Amui 'i mu'a, ancient futures

Dagmar Dyck

Book

"'Amui 'i Mu'a – Ancient Futures is the significant creative outcome of recent 'hands-on' research by Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi in historic collections at museums in Australasia, across Europe, the United Kingdom and the United...

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A history of Kiribati  by Michael Ravell Walsh

A history of Kiribati

Michael Ravell Walsh

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Voyagers  by Nicholas Thomas

Voyagers

Nicholas Thomas

Book

"In Oceania, the distinguished anthropologist Nick Thomas charts the course of the seaborne migrations that populated the islands between the Americas and the western coast of Asia from late prehistory onwards: firstly the colonization by speakers of...

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Pacific  by Philip J Hatfield

Pacific

Philip J Hatfield

Book

The Pacific Ocean covers very nearly a third of the surface of the globe and is inhabited by a diverse array of peoples and cultures bound by a common thread: their relationship with the sea. This visually stunning book highlights the importance of t...

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Sista, stanap strong!

Sista, stanap strong!

Book

"New writing from Vanuatu by three generations of women - and the first of its kind. With poetry, fiction, essay, memoir and song, its narrative arc stretches from the days of blackbirding to Independence in 1980 to Vanuatu's coming of age in 2020 ......

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When water burns  by Lani Wendt Young

When water burns

Lani Wendt Young

Book

"With Nafanua and the Covenant Sisterhood out of the way, Leila and Daniel are finally able to love without fear of retribution. Or are they? As a malicious telesā plots her revenge, a mysterious stranger arrives on the island. Fuelled by hate and running...

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'I am Daniel Tahi'  by Lani Wendt Young

'I am Daniel Tahi'

Lani Wendt Young

Book

"Daniek tells how he met Leila and their struggle to overcome the fates that beset them - of his love, his desire, and his bravery in the face of the pain and fear inflicted by the Telesā sisters."--Back cover.

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The coconut wireless  by Simon Michael Prior

The coconut wireless

Simon Michael Prior

Book

When Simon and Fiona embark on a quest to track down the Queen of Tonga, they have no idea they'll end up marooned on a desert island. No idea they'll encounter an undiscovered tribe, rescue a drowning actress, learn jungle survival from a commando, and...

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God's cuisine for balance  by G.T To'omata

God's cuisine for balance

G.T To'omata

Book

"God's Cuisine for Balance is a book sharing the importance of a balanced life style and how it can be achieved by eating great healthy food for the body, getting essential good knowledge and education for the brain, and having safe loving enculturation...

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AUALA  by Sieni Skelton-Richardson

AUALA

Sieni Skelton-Richardson

Book

A new life, a new environment. She wanted to explore the way others had successfully built their lives. With that aspiration, Sieni made a bold move from American Samoa to New Zealand. But, prior to making the journey, she set three major goals: The ...

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Topics dictionary  by Karina Davis

Topics dictionary

Karina Davis

Book

"This Topics Dictionary includes over 9000 english words translated into Fijian. Ideal reference tool for people who want to communicate in Fijian, but have no previous knowledge of the language. Provides travelers and students with all the words they...

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La'u penina tautele = My pearl of great price

La'u penina tautele = My pearl of great price

Book

"In La'u penina tautele, 11 young people from Tangaroa College in Ōtara, South Auckland, share how they stay connected to their culture, though far from home. The young writers worked with teacher-writer David Riley to select objects that represent who...

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Vunimaqo and me  by Daren Kamali

Vunimaqo and me

Daren Kamali

Book

"Centres on a mango tree - Vunimaqo - that was the focal point of his youth. Vunimaqo stands by the Tubou Street Barracks, Samabula North, Suva, Fiji ... at the intersection of a community's life, overseeing and sharing the stories of its people ... ...

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Mana tangata, people of action  by Stephen Clarke

Mana tangata, people of action

Stephen Clarke

Book

"Rotary's 100 years in New Zealand and 85 years in the Pacific are characterised by a remarkable record of endeavour and service. Since the first New Zealand Rotary clubs were founded in Auckland and Wellington, Rotarians have been people of action -...

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Polynesian Island myths

Polynesian Island myths

Book

The rich and fascinating myths of Polynesia are all the more extraordinary for the fact that they have survived thousands of years - and miles - of voyages. Scattered across the Pacific, the Polynesian islands were populated over generations, as waves...

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Burst kisses on the actual wind  by Courtney Sina Meredith

Burst kisses on the actual wind

Courtney Sina Meredith

Book

"Focused on connection and displacement, the blurring between internal landscapes and longed for realities"--Back cover.

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Tua Tagovailoa  by Jackson Carter

Tua Tagovailoa

Jackson Carter

Book

"Some of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks in recent memory have had remarkable simple names, like Ben, Tom, and Joe. Every now and then, one comes along with a moniker that's a bit more difficult to handle, like Tuanigamanuolepola "Tua" Tagovailoa. Fresh...

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A richer you  by Mary Holm

A richer you

Mary Holm

Book

"Bestselling author and New Zealand's most trusted financial expert on how to make your money work in the real world We live in uncertain times. But this need not affect how you can make the most of your money. New Zealand's most trusted money expert,...

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Christian family  by Susana Pele. Fanaika-Faagau

Christian family

Susana Pele. Fanaika-Faagau

Book

"This is the life story of Susana Pele Fanaika-Faagau, and a testimony of her family's faith in God. She shares her memories of her dad's big dreams, traveling from a small village to the big capitol in the Kingdom of Tonga, and then traveling from Tonga...

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O le aiga Sāmoa by Nafanuatele Lafitaga Mafaufau

O le aiga Sāmoa

Nafanuatele Lafitaga Mafaufau

Graphic novel

9 year old Mataio, with the help of his older sister and parents, is learning to live the Samoan way.

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Slates and ghosts by Sione Tapani. Mangisi

Slates and ghosts

Sione Tapani. Mangisi

Book

"This book shares some of the author's memories about going to primary school in Kolovai, Tongatapu, from 1955 to 1959. This was a time when children were still taught using slates and chalk. The stories centre around the importance of friendship to him...

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This special place

This special place

Book

"This is a book in which children from Flat Bush School describe and explain what they love about growing up in Otara, South Auckland"--Introduction.

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Dr Donna Rose Addis  by David Riley

Dr Donna Rose Addis

David Riley

Book

Donna is the first Samoan neuroscientist in history. This pioneering Pasifikan uses her knowledge, creativity, and bravery to help solve problems in our world.

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Fire's caress  by Lani Wendt Young

Fire's caress

Lani Wendt Young

Book

She's the brilliant sculptor taking the art world by storm, a daughter of Samoa returning home. He's the fiery remnant of her past, who appears on what should be a night of triumph, weighted with dark secrets that could destroy them both. Can Teuila and...

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