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Pacific new titles

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​Check out the latest books on Pacific culture, society and customs for kids and adults. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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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

Book

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Grandpa's siapo  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Grandpa's siapo

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

"Grandpa and Luka share the same birthday and today they get to celebrate it with the whole 'āiga. Grandpa is also a storyteller and surprises his grandchildren with a Samoan Siapo that tells a very special story about Sāmoa's journey to independance...

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Of course you can! = Io te ke lava!  by Karen Hinge

Of course you can! = Io te ke lava!

Karen Hinge

Book

Jeremy is starting a new school. He's not too sure about how he will fit in. But the other students make him welcome and every time he thinks he can't do something they say "Of course you can!."

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Of course you can! = E maeka he taute e koe!  by Karen Hinge

Of course you can! = E maeka he taute e koe!

Karen Hinge

Book

Jeremy is starting a new school. He's not too sure about how he will fit in. But the other students make him welcome and every time he thinks he can't do soemthing they say "Of course you can!."

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Of course you can! = Se e te mafaia!   by Karen Hinge

Of course you can! = Se e te mafaia!

Karen Hinge

Book

Jeremy, a young boy who uses a wheelchair, is nervous about starting at his new school, but the other children encourage him to take part in their activities.

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South Pacific bub!  by 1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

South Pacific bub!

1968- author. Jahri Jah Jah

Picture book

"First words in English, Maori, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Niuean and Cook Islands Maori. With some contrasting black and white baby shapes for new born bubs."--Back cover

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Navigation  by Kingsley Smith

Navigation

Kingsley Smith

Book

"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

Book

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Losi the Giant fisherman  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Losi the Giant fisherman

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

Losi the Giant was the greatest fisherman across all the moana. A mischievous and loyal friend to sea creatures and all humans, Losi will always be remembered as the hero who brought taro, the food of the Gods’, to Earth.

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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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Ināianei/now  by Vaughan Rapatahana

Ināianei/now

Vaughan Rapatahana

Book

Ināianei / now is Vaughan Rapatahana’s (Te Ātiawa) eighth collection of poetry. The important characteristic of these poems is the poet's ecstasy of feelings. The poignant intensity of this poetry collection awes and impresses the readers. The poems...

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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

Book

"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

Book

"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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More than 100 words in Samoan  by Usha Cervantes

More than 100 words in Samoan

Usha Cervantes

Picture book

"This delightful Samoan-English word book is ideal for learning simple first words in Samoan. The everyday scenes are filled with detail and will help children build up a basic Samoan vocabulary. Each word has a picture and word label in both English...

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'Oku ou mateuteu ki he ako  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

'Oku ou mateuteu ki he ako

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Tongan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Lea faka-Tonga. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The...

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Ua ou sauni mo le aoga  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Ua ou sauni mo le aoga

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Samoan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Samoan. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The New...

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Tatou sauni mo le aoga  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Tatou sauni mo le aoga

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Samoan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Samoan. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The New ...

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Ke tau teuteu ki he ako  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Ke tau teuteu ki he ako

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Tongan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Lea faka-Tonga. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The...

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Te tāpapa nei nōte aere i te Āpii  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Te tāpapa nei nōte aere i te Āpii

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Tongan children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Lea faka-Tonga. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The...

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Omai ke tauteute ke o he aoga  by Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Omai ke tauteute ke o he aoga

Abel Junior Tutagalevao

Picture book

This book was created to be fun and exciting to help Niuean children prepare for school every morning. The book is in Niuean. It is aligned with Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa/Early Childhood Curriculum and with The New...

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O le lalolagi o lo'o si'omia ai tatou = The world around us  by Katie Kool

O le lalolagi o lo'o si'omia ai tatou = The world around us

Katie Kool

Book

"It's a big wide world out there, full of curiosities and wonderments that catch the eyes of Kiwi kids. This latest book from the dynamic duo of Katie Kool and Cindy Tan showcases delightful illustrations of familiar items with their English and Samoan...

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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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'O fea tamā? = Where is dad?  by Falefitu Tony Laulu

'O fea tamā? = Where is dad?

Falefitu Tony Laulu

Book

Aiafi, the main character of this story wakes up most days without seeing her Dad. Aiafi's father leaves home for work long before she wakes up. In this story, Aiafi learns why her Dad works so much and gets the answer to her question, 'Where is Dad'...

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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

Book

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

Book

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Ko Hoku Fonua

Ko Hoku Fonua

Book

"Ten Tongan young people worked with teacher-writer David Riley ... The stories they've written demonstrated their immense pride in being Tongan. You'll read about the importance of family and lotu, their favourite Tongan foods and clothing, their love...

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Night of the dance = Pō o te 'ura : a Cook Islands legend  by David Riley

Night of the dance = Pō o te 'ura : a Cook Islands legend

David Riley

Book

"Koromaūariki had a close relationship with his dad, the legendary superhero, Tinirau. But there was one thing that bothered him. Sometimes Tinirau would wake up in the middle of the night, go outside... and disappear for three days. When he came home...

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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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Tapa of love = Tapa ō te 'inangaro : a Cook Islands legend  by David Riley

Tapa of love = Tapa ō te 'inangaro : a Cook Islands legend

David Riley

Book

"Ina is a Cook Islands heroine and superhero, famous throughout Oceania for her mighty deeds. In this story, Ina faces the biggest challenge of her life. Is it a human-eating giant? No. A tree-crushing cyclone? Kā'ore. Then it must be an island-flood...

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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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My first Samoan alphabet book

My first Samoan alphabet book

Picture book

Resources to teach young children words in Samoan, the language spoken in the Samoa islands.

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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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O a'u o le Samoa  by Falefitu Tony Laulu

O a'u o le Samoa

Falefitu Tony Laulu

Picture book

"It is Tailevai's first time to Samoa where he meets his Papa and Nana for the first time. In the first few moments of his time in Samoa, Tailevai quickly realizes that he isn't very confident in speaking or understanding Samoan. He however learns a ...

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Isaia says ; by Dahlia Malaeulu

Isaia says ;

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

Isaia Says - is based on Simon Says but uses Samoan names for where the reader places their hands. Analia Asks - Analia requests one food item after another, and thanks the giver each time. Eventually we find that she has been collecting the food to create...

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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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The tree of life  by Jill MacGregor

The tree of life

Jill MacGregor

Book

"Coconut palms grow 30 metres tall, producing 60-100 coconuts each year for 80 years. There are hundreds of uses for the coconut palm. Where do all the coconuts go?"--Publishers description.

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Saturday in Kiribati  by Jill MacGregor

Saturday in Kiribati

Jill MacGregor

Book

A look at the lives of Temwaka and Tekai and their cousins Azamat, Salyn and Manrongo who live beside the lagoon in the village of Bikenibeu on the main island of Tarawa. It looks at a typical Saturday where children and adults alike carry out their ...

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Our traditional homes  by Jill MacGregor

Our traditional homes

Jill MacGregor

Book

"The first houses in the Pacific Island countries were built using materials from the environment. The leafy houses were ideal for the hot climate but not always long-lasting."--Publishers description.

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Creatures of the reef  by Jill MacGregor

Creatures of the reef

Jill MacGregor

Book

"The islands of the Pacific are surrounded by warm water and many are ringed by a coral reef. The reef provides shelter and food for hundreds of marine creatures."--Publishers description.

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Mother's day  by Jill MacGregor

Mother's day

Jill MacGregor

Book

"Every Monday after the 2nd Sunday in May, families in Samoa celebrate ‘Manuia le Aso o Tina’ or Mother’s Day. It’s a holiday for everyone. Miriama makes a special gift for her mother."--Publishers description.

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My kindy  by Jill MacGregor

My kindy

Jill MacGregor

Book

"Caqi lives in Fiji. He is five and goes to kindy in the little blue house by the beach. His teacher says their beach is the biggest sandpit in the world."--Publishers description.

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Sala's surprise ; by Dahlia Malaeulu

Sala's surprise ;

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

Kuso's Clean - everyday, when Kuso gets home, he is very dirty and needs a bath. Introduces the names of parts of the body. Sala's Surprise - when Sala gets up in the morning, she puts on a range of colourful clothing. The result is a surprise to her...

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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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Siva afi teine toa  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Siva afi teine toa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

"Teuila is the only girl competing in her first ever Siva Afi competition. Mika is the current Siva afi champion, who is not afraid of anyone. In this story of courage, Teuila and Mika learn about the importance of their feagaiga as brother and sister,...

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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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'O le meaalofa o le Kerisimas = The Christmas gift  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

'O le meaalofa o le Kerisimas = The Christmas gift

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Picture book

"A bilingual story in Samoan & English, about 2 young children who have been dreaming about Christmas time-lot of family, love & toys. To top off all these exciting things-they are about to receive the best Christmas gift ever!" --Wheelers

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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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