Moana Oceania – Sāmoa

Aimed at readers 8+ but valuable for anyone with an interest in our Pacific ‘āiga (family), this is one of two inaugural books in the Moana Oceania series created by Oratia Books’ Editorial Director, Carolyn Lagahetau.

Author Dahlia Malaeulu provides a comprehensive overview of  life in Sāmoa for readers in New Zealand, with text in Gagana Samoa and English. Samoan children can see themselves reflected in these books, and all readers can learn about the islands’ culture, language, daily life, history, environment and sport.

Moana Oceania: Sāmoa explains the fundamental values of Fa’asāmoa (Samoan life), including connection to ‘āiga (family), nu’u (village), land and religion. It shows how families in Sāmoa live, how they are educated, and how they celebrate and commemorate through dance, music and festivals — while exploring how Samoans in Aotearoa maintain and adapt their culture.

With colour photographs throughout, the book contains pull-out boxes of information, making the text easy to access.

$29.99 incl. GST

2 in stock (can be backordered)

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Meet the Kiwi creator

Dahlia MalaeuluDahlia Malaeulu is a Samoan New Zealander with connections to the villages of Sinamoga and Vaivase tai in Samoa. She is an award-winning author, publisher and creator of Mila’s Books – Pasifika children’s books that help tamaiti to be seen, heard and valued as Pasifika. In May 2019, she released the first books in her Mila’s My Gagana Series for preschoolers and junior primary aged children. She created the series with the goals of providing accessible books that support tamaiti, fanau and faiā’oga in the development of basic Samoan language within the home, schools and communities.

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Dimensions23 × 17 cm

Softcover edition



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Oratia Books


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