Teine Sāmoa

Author(s): Dahlia Malaeulu; Niusila Faamanatu-Eteuati

NZ Senior Fiction

Teine Sāmoa means Sāmoan girl. It's a label that carries with it an unspoken duty to obey, serve and respect your family and Sāmoan culture. But who can be teine Samoa? When should you be teine Sāmoa? And how can you be teine Sāmoa outside of Sāmoa?


Lani is an afakasi, and is unsure of her Sāmoan heritage and what being Sāmoan even means. But one thing she knows for sure is that she's afraid of Vai and the 'Real Samoans'. Masina, the free-spirited daughter of a Church Minister, is bound by parental expectations and struggling to fulfill the destiny set by her parents. Teuila is the good Islander girl and proud teine Sāmoa who realises she doesn't want to be a 'switcher' anymore.


How will these junior high school students learn to be, understand and fulfill their obligations as Teine Sāmoa, living in New Zealand?


Teine Sāmoa is a journey of cultural identity and discovery for four junior high school students, their families, their teachers and, most importantly, anyone who has ever faced the challenges of being a teine Samoa.


Now includes study questions for students and The Teine Sāmoa Project - A space created for teine Sāmoa to share their real life stories. Stories that reflect us and help others understand us, so that together, we can better support our tamaiti to succeed as proud teine and tama Sāmoa.

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Dahlia Malaeulu is a New Zealand-born Samoan, with her father Malo Gray originating from the village of Sinamoga and her mother Lagi Gray (nee Saletele) from the village of Vaivase tai. Dahlia is married to Mani Malaeulu and is the proud mother of two young boys, Mason and Isaia.


Dahlia is a passionate educator at heart, and in 2019 she released the first books of the 'Mila's My Gagana' series, a set of early Samoan language readers (Malia Shares, Lagi Spies and Mase's Room) for pre-school and junior-primary-aged children. The series is a rich literacy resource for all children, families and educators in order to support and develop the learning of basic Gagana Samoa (the Samoan language). Ultimately, Dahlia would love to enable tamaiti to confidently and proudly succeed as Pasifika. This is why she would love to see endless options of accessible quality Pasifika stories and resources that reflect our Pasifika values, languages, cultures and most importantly - our tamaiti.

General Fields

  • : 9780473527495
  • : Dahlia Malaeulu
  • : 0.176901
  • : January 2020
  • : .36 Inches X 5 Inches X 7.99 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dahlia Malaeulu; Niusila Faamanatu-Eteuati
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 823.3
  • : 156