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Malaeulu, Dahlia
Author photo: Isala Malaeulu
Writer's File

Dahlia Malaeulu

Wellington - Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Malaeulu, Dahlia
Author photo: Isala Malaeulu
In brief
Dahlia 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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MALAEULU, Dahlia (1983 – ) is a Wellington-born Samoan author and educator based in Wainuiomata. After completing a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, Malaeulu obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Primary Teaching from Wellington Teachers College and began her career in teaching. She is the mother of two boys, who inspired her to write her first children’s books.

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 Malaeulu'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).

In 2021, she authored a board book for Te Papa Press, Going to Te Papa | Asiasiga ‘i le Falemata‘aga i Te Papa.

As the first Pasifika author to have authored stories that have been published across all schooling levels, Malaeulu also created the Mila’s My Aganu‘u series, the first Pasifika children’s picture books in the world written, edited, illustrated, designed and published by an all-Pasifika team.

Malaeulu is a passionate educator at heart and reading advocate, driven by enabling tamaiti to confidently succeed as Pasifika. She visits schools regularly on behalf of Storylines and Read NZ Te Pou Muramura’s Writers in Schools programme.


Mila's Books website

Mila's Books page on Facebook

Interviews on RNZ in 2019 and 2020

Don't you want to be Sāmoan? Dahlia writes for E-Tangata

Dahlia Malaeulu answers some questions from Lynfield Kāhui Ako staff and students

Te Papa Tongawera Q&A with Dahlia