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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

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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'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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Konenerio & the flag master = konenerio ao te tia itoman  by Kinaua Ewels

Konenerio & the flag master = konenerio ao te tia itoman

Kinaua Ewels

Book

"A Bible, a hymn book, and two white flags. Who would think that such ordinary objects could help save people's lives? But that's exactly what happened in Kiribati during World War Two. And all thanks to a 15-year-old boy named Rob'ati. Find out how ...

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Fale Samoa  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Fale Samoa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Book

"Come join Tomasi and his friends as they take a magical ride to learn more about Fale Samoa, and why they are so important in Samoan culture."--Publisher description.

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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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Ko e 'aho hono ua  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono ua

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'aho hono fitu =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono fitu =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'aho hono tolu =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono tolu =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'aho hono nima =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono nima =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'aho hono ono =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'aho hono ono =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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Ko e 'uluaki 'aho =  by Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

Ko e 'uluaki 'aho =

Nesa Tuigamala. Prasad

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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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'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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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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Toe nonofo fo'i i le Fale? O le a le Koronavairusi? = (Stay home again? What is Coronavirus?)  by Vaoese Kava

Toe nonofo fo'i i le Fale? O le a le Koronavairusi? = (Stay home again? What is Coronavirus?)

Vaoese Kava

Book

"Nive is a schoolgirl in Samoa, South Pacific. When the 2020 / 2021 Covid-19 Pandemic spreads throughout the whole world, she starts to notice changes to her family's daily routine especially the restrictions in their movements. They were made to stay...

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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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Republic of Fiji  by Karen Barron Russell

Republic of Fiji

Karen Barron Russell

Book

"World we live in Republic of Fiji encourages young people to discover information about their ancestory and the unknown. The series of seven books share interesting information, cultural differences, Fruits and Vegetables in the region, recipes and the...

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Tiki moe pelesitiki = Tiki and plastic  by Tilisa De-Martinez

Tiki moe pelesitiki = Tiki and plastic

Tilisa De-Martinez

Picture book

"Author of this book hopes to inspire, educate, entertain and help preserve the pristine beaches of Tonga."--2nd last page of this book.

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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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Asiasiga 'i le Falemata'aga i Te Papa = Going to Te Papa  by Dahlia Malaeulu

Asiasiga 'i le Falemata'aga i Te Papa = Going to Te Papa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

"Board book featuring measina or treasures from Sāmoa in the collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, with text in both Sāmoan and English"--Publisher information.

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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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O le a le manu lea? = What animal is this?  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

O le a le manu lea? = What animal is this?

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Book

Tells what different types of animals are doing.

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O le a le numera lea? = What number is this?  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

O le a le numera lea? = What number is this?

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Book

Counts numbers one to ten.

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O le a le aso lenei? = What day is it today?  by Sandra Fatu Nu'u

O le a le aso lenei? = What day is it today?

Sandra Fatu Nu'u

Book

Tells what is supposed to be done on each day of the week in Samoa.

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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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ABC with Millvy  by Eleanor Kit

ABC with Millvy

Eleanor Kit

Book

"Looking for something original and relevant to life in 2021? This book is based on the 23 Letters of the Fijian Alphabet. The words for the images are in Fijian but all other text is in English to encourage you to try the Fijian language. This ABC with...

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The woman who was swallowed by a whale  by Briar Wilton

The woman who was swallowed by a whale

Briar Wilton

Book

The woman who was swallowed by a whale is a folktale ; Niue : rock of Polynesia is a short factual introduction to the country and culture.

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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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Millvy's tail goes to Koro Island  by Eleanor Kit

Millvy's tail goes to Koro Island

Eleanor Kit

Book

Millvy the cat travels to Fiji to find the iguana who stole his tail.

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Tupia, Isaac & Cook  by Mark Wilson

Tupia, Isaac & Cook

Mark Wilson

Book

When Isaac Smith signs on to sail with James Cook to the Pacific, he meets and befriends a master navigator called, Tupaia, one of the most remarkable characters in history. Tupaia helps guide the Endeavour through the Pacific as James Cook undertakes...

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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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O le Tu'uaga o le Aoga a Lemalie ma Sakalia = Lemalie and Sakalia's school holiday  by Falefitu Tony Laulu

O le Tu'uaga o le Aoga a Lemalie ma Sakalia = Lemalie and Sakalia's school holiday

Falefitu Tony Laulu

Picture book

"It’s the third day of the holidays and brothers Lemalie and Sakalia are super bored! They decide to go to the part and pick up their friends along the way. They find however, they all seem preoccupied when they arrive… A story about two Samoan brot...

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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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Tinā, ua mātou fia'a'ai!  by Teri Ta'ala

Tinā, ua mātou fia'a'ai!

Teri Ta'ala

Picture book

The kids are hungry! One by one, Hohepa, Raniera and Hineraumati let Mama know that it's time to eat. She replies by telling them where to find the food. When the kids go to the fridge, the cupboard and the vegie basket, they can't see any food. It's...

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Wilbur's cosmic cone  by Alan D. Parr

Wilbur's cosmic cone

Alan D. Parr

Book

Wilbur the dog, depressed due to the cone attached to his neck, becomes happier with his life after visiting Mars.

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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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