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Lei Loves / Petelo Peeks

Recipient of a 2022 Contestable Fund Grant from Copyright Licensing New Zealand.

Produced with the support of Creative New Zealand.


About the Author:

Dahlia Malaeulu is a Wellington-born Samoan author and educator based in Wainuiomata. After completing a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, Dahlia obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Primary Teaching from Wellington Teachers College and has been teaching ever since.  She is currently working with Te Papa Press to produce a board book and self-published a young adult novel. Has produced a short play for the school journal as part of Samoan/Tongan bilingual series. a poem she wrote during our level 4 Covid lockdown will be included in an upcoming book from the University of South Pacific called Our Sea of Islands.  She has received funding to produce Mila's My Aganu'u Series which is intended to follow on from Mila's My Gagana Series and showcases Samoan cultural elements as well as language. 


Link: Dahlia Malaeulu talks to the Samoa Observer about her books

Lei Loves / Petelo Peeks

SKU: 9781990035159
  • About the Book

    2 books in 1!

    Introducing Samoan language within English language text in a way that makes the meaning clear to the reader of either language. 

    Petelo Peeks – when Petelo looks out the window he sees lots of different vehicles, from car to train, and then the best of all, a plane to take the family on holiday.

    Lei Loves – introduces festive greetings from Mother’s Day to Happy New Year, and culminates in wishing Leia ‘Happy Birthday’. Each story ends with a Vocabulary and Pronunciation Sheet drawn from the story.

  • Publication Date

    May 2022

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