26 Sep 2017

NZ's first Samoa bilingual primary class celebrates 30 years

From , 4:03 pm on 26 September 2017

A group of mothers have come together to produce a book documenting the past three decades of Samoa's first bilingual primary class in New Zealand.

Titled 'Mua i Malae' the book has been published this month by Little Island Press, with a launch held at the University of Auckland Fale Pasifika.

One of the organisers is Olivia Taouma who says as well as celebrate, they really wanted to produce a historical text that captured some key stories from through the decades.

Ms Taouma said in Auckland in the 1980s many Samoan children whose first language was not English struggled in mainstream classes.