Malaeulu, Dahlia

Malaeulu, Dahlia

Information

residence
Wellington
Primary publisher
Little Island Press
Rights enquiries
info@littleisland.co.nz
Publicity enquiries
milasbks@gmail.com
Photo credit
Isala Malaeulu

In Brief

Dahlia Malaeulu (1983 – ) is a Wellington-born Samoan author and educator based in Wainuiomata. In May 2019, she released the first books in her Mila’s My Gagana Series for pre-schoolers 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.

Dahlia Malaeulu (1983 – ) 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 the mother of two young boys, who inspired her to write her new children’s series.

In 2019, she released the first books of the Mila’s My Gagana Series. A set of three early language readers (Malia Shares, Lagi Spies and Mase's Room) for pre-school and junior primary aged children, the series combines Dahlia’s love for her tamaiti, her Samoan Culture and her passion for learning. The books are designed to be rich literacy resources for all children, families and teachers in order to support and develop the learning of basic Gagana Sāmoa (the Samoan language).

To support the release of the series, Dahlia went on a book tour around her local schools, promoting Gagana Sāmoa, highlighting the importance of literacy and engaging the children with rich literacy experiences.

A second set of books is forthcoming.

Links:

Dahlia’s page at Little Island Press

Mila's My Gagana Series Facebook Pagewith pictures, videos and background information on our tusi faitau

Interviews with Dahlia on RNZ’s Nine To Noon in 2019 and 2020

An op-ed by Dahlia on E-Tangata

Dahlia answers some questions from Lynfield Kāhui Ako staff and students

Updated June 2019.