Samoan Heroes #17: Seiuli Jesse Sapolu

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Jesse is the most successful Samoan NFL player ever. He played for 15 years and won four Superbowl Championships with the San Francisco 49ers. His position was Offensive Lineman. Jesse was born in Toamua, Upolu in 1961. ‘The foundation of my values and beliefs are based on my Samoan culture,’ Jesse says. ‘I’m thankful for the opportunity to represent Samoa.’

Will you help me publish this book on Samoan achievers for young people? The campaign ends tomorrow and we’re nearly there. If you’d like to help please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650-samoan-heroes-bookor donate to this account 12-3436-0072113-50. Malo faafetai

Jammin’ with Steven Adams

I’ve just finished the manuscript for my newest book – a biography of Kiwi NBA player Steven Adams. This morning I sent the text to a designer. Can’t wait to see the ideas the designer comes up with! Here’s the cover:

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Samoan Heroes #16: Savage

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Savage is the first Polynesian hip hop artist to go platinum [sell over one million units] in America. ‘That definitely makes me a proud Samoan,’ he says. ‘I’ve always dreamed of this and back then it was a long shot. To achieve what I’ve done just says a lot about putting your mind and heart into it.’

Friends and family will you help me publish this book on Samoan achievers for young people? The campaign ends on Saturday and we’re nearly there. If you’d like to help please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650-samoan-heroes-book or donate to this account 12-3436-0072113-50. Malo faafetai

Samoan Heroes #15: Troy Polamalu

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Troy Polamalu is a two time Superbowl champion and one of the best NFL players in history. But as a child it seemed he was destined for jail rather than fame. Troy’s oldest brother Kaio, was a good athlete. But he got into a lot of trouble with the police and was in and out of jail. His three sisters were involved with gangs too. By the age of eight, Troy was beginning to copy his older siblings – breaking into houses and stealing from shops. You can find out what happened next in my new book on Samoan Achievers …

Friends and family will you help me publish this book on Samoan achievers for young people? The campaign ends on Saturday and we’re nearly there. If you’d like to help please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650-samoan-heroes-book or donate to this account 12-3436-0072113-50. Malo faafetai

Samoan Heroes #14: Tim Filiga Cahill

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Too slow. Too small. Too weak. Tim Cahill heard those comments all his life. But it didn’t matter what anyone said. This Samoan –Australian knew what he wanted in life … and no negativity was going to stop him. He’s scored some of the most famous goals in soccer, including two at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Friends and family will you help me publish this book on Samoan achievers for young people? The campaign ends on Saturday and we’re halfway there. If you’d like to help please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650-samoan-heroes-book or donate to this account 12-3436-0072113-50. Malo faafetai

Samoan Heroes #13: Associate Professor Damon Salesa

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Damon Salesa is a Pacific historian and writer who specialises in Samoan history. He was the first Pasifika person to win an Oxford University Rhodes Scholarship. ‘I never quite made it as a rugby player or basketball player!’ Damon says. ‘It was research and writing that I really loved, even though I didn’t come from an academic family.’

Friends and family will you help me publish this book on Samoan achievers for young people? The campaign ends on Saturday and we’re halfway there. If you’d like to help please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650-samoan-heroes-book or donate to the this account 12-3436-0072113-50. Malo faafetai :)

Samoan Heroes #12: David Tua

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David Tua was the first person of Pasifika heritage, to compete for one of the most famous prizes in sports: the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World. In his prime, he knocked out four world champions and owned one of the best left hooks in the history of boxing!

You could say boxing is in David’s blood. His dad Tuavale, was one of the most feared fighters in Samoa. He fought in bare feet with no headgear or mouthguard, using bananas for a punching bag.

You can read more about David’s inspiring journey in my upcoming book on Samoan Heroes.

Would you consider helping me to publish the book by making a small donation? Every dollar helps. There are rewards too. If it doesn’t reach the target you won’t be charged. No worries if you don’t have a credit card, just let me know if you want to support and we’ll find a way

To donate please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650

Samoan Heroes #11: Associate Professor Donna Rose Addis

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How do we remember our past? How do we imagine our future? How do we even know who we are? Associate Professor Donna Rose Addis wants to know the answers to those questions. That’s why she became the world’s first Samoan ‘neuroscientist’ – a person who studies the human brain!
You can read more about Donna’s journey to becoming a world class scientist in my upcoming book on Samoan Heroes.
Would you consider helping me to publish the book by making a small donation? Every dollar helps. There are rewards too. If it doesn’t reach the target you won’t be charged. No worries if you don’t have a credit card, just let me know if you want to support and we’ll find a way
To donate please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650

Samoan Heroes #10: Maualaivao Albert Wendt

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Albert Wendt is a celebrated writer sometimes referred to as ‘The Father of Pacific Literature.’ Albert’s early experiences with stories were in Samoa, at the feet of his grandmother Mele. He won a scholarship to New Plymouth Boys High where his teachers noticed he also had a gift for storytelling. They encouraged him to write. Albert has won many awards for his writing, but don’t think it’s been easy for him. One of his books took nearly 30 years to write! That’s the kind of perseverance it takes to achieve some goals.

Read more about Albert Wendt‘s journey in my upcoming book on Samoan Heroes.

Would you consider helping me to publish the book by making a small donation? Every dollar helps. There are rewards too. If it doesn’t reach the target you won’t be charged. No worries if you don’t have a credit card, just let me know if you want to support and we’ll find a way

To donate please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650

Samoan Heroes #9: Namulauulu Lauaki Mamoe

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Lauaki was an orator chief, famous throughout Samoa for his knowledge of history and his political skills. He tried hard to keep Samoan traditions alive when Samoa was under German rule – a time when Samoa experienced great change. Though he died before his dream of Samoan independence could come true, his legacy would be picked up by others and Lauaki is remembered as a true Samoan hero.

Read more about how Lauaki fought to maintain Samoan traditions in my upcoming book on Samoan Heroes.

Would you consider helping me to publish the book by making a small donation? Every dollar helps. There are rewards too. If it doesn’t reach the target you won’t be charged. No worries if you don’t have a credit card, just let me know if you want to support and we’ll find a way

To donate please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2650