Ko Hoku Fonua
Ko Hoku Fonua

‘I’ve been to many countries. But there’s nowhere that gives me the same feeling as my fonua, Tonga.’ (Anisi Pulotu)

Ten Tongan young people worked with teacher-writer David Riley, to bring you this book – Ko Hoku Fonuá. The stories they’ve written demonstrate their immense pride in being Tongan. You’ll read about the importance of family and lotu, their favourite Tongan foods and clothing, their love for Tongan arts like dance and drumming, first trips to Tonga, and of course their admiration for Tongan heroes like Jason Taumalolo! Come and share some of the beauty of Tongan culture with them.

 

 

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La’u Penina Tautele
La’u Penina Tautele

‘I will always remember the last words my parents said to me before I came here: “Don’t forget who you are.” I’m proud of who I am. I’m proud to be Sāmoan.’

‘O le ā ‘ou manatua pea ‘upu mulimuli a oʻu matua iā te aʻu ‘ae ‘ou te leʻi sau i’inei: “Aua neʻi e fa’agaloina oe.” ‘Ou te mitamita lava iā te aʻu. ‘Ou te mitamita ona o a’u o le Sāmoa.’

In La’u Penina Tautele, 11 young people from Tangaroa College in Ōtara, South Auckland, share how they stay connected to their culture, though they’re far from home.

The young writers worked with teacher-writer David Riley to select objects that represent who they are as Pacific young people, and to tell stories about them in English and Sāmoan.

You’ll be inspired to read about how proud these youth are of their identity – it’s a penina tautele to them, a pearl of great price.

 

 

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Ngā Tamaiti Rangatira
Ngā Tamaiti Rangatira

I love supporting those who support me.

I believe one day I’ll be successful.

I dream about a lot of things.

I say, ‘Live life to the fullest.’ (Rayshianah)

 

Ngā Tamaiti Rangatira is a collection of writing by young people from the Tipu Whare program at Panama Road School.

 

Working with teacher-writer David Riley, these rangatahi share their thoughts about life, their dreams and the special people they admire.

 

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This Special Place by Flat Bush School
This Special Place

“Happiness fills our street, people breathe it in like sweet air.”

“When I’m with my family, in this special place,  I wish I could never leave.”

In This Special Place, children from Flat Bush School share what they love about growing up in Ōtara, South Auckland. Watch out world, these ten young authors are coming …  with their aroha, commitment, passion and talent!

Check out an article by Read NZ Te Pou Muramura about the project.

 

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Where I Live
Where I Live

‘In South Auckland strangers offer warm smiles, talking to one another like they know each other. They say, “Thank you,” “Please,” and “Sorry.” That lets you know they’re being sincere and they mean it. I feel safe and I feel warm where I live, in my home in South Auckland.’

Where I Live celebrates growing up in South Auckland. In this book, 11 students from St Mary MacKillop School in Mangere East describe the things they love about their amazing community. Teacher-author, David Riley, grew up in Mangere too, and helps the students find the words to express their thoughts. Be blessed, encouraged and inspired by these young people as they highlight the beauty of their home … South Auckland.

 

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