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New TELESA Book Launched in Auckland

New TELESA Book Launched in Auckland

South Auckland was on fire last Saturday as a new book in the Telesa Series by Lani Wendt Young, was launched at an event hosted by the Samoa Business Network Incorporated at the BNZ Manukau which was a fun family day/event celebrating Pasifika creativity and artists. ‘The Bone Bearer’ is the third book in the trilogy of Leila and Daniel and fans have been eagerly awaiting the fiery conclusion to their epic story. Crowds gathered to watch performances of dance and song and to browse a stunning array of Pacific crafts and a variety of products from various businesses within the Network, as well as to meet the author and have their books signed.

The event started at 9am and finished at 2pm. There were activities to entrance young and old alike with everything from face painting to non-stop vibrant dance numbers from groups like Ariki Vaine, the Kelston Kweens, Tatau Dance Group and more. Samoan divas Rosita Vai and Marina Davis wowed the crowd with their powerful performances, along with Tribal State band, youth band Divine Rhythm, Niuean vocalists the Asekona sisters and graduates of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (P.I.P.A). “It’s important to me that any Telesa book event be a showcase for Pasifika talent and creativity,” explained Lani. “I’m thrilled so many artists and performers were able to share their gifts with us today.” People were able to relax, sample the Pacific food delights, browse the assorted crafts and merchandise and enjoy the show while their children made the most of the bouncy castle and festive balloons.

Fans of the Telesa series waited patiently in line for a chance to chat with the author and have their books signed. Many had already purchased the electronic copy of the new book but were insistent on wanting to get signed copies of the paperback for their collections. Angela Lalovao of Auckland said, “I absolutely looooove my Telesa collection, all signed by the lovely Lani Young herself. Just had to get my hands on a copy with the official covers. I’m excited to read the last book of the series , there’s now a Telesa marathon in progress, please do not disturb!” One dedicated fan came all the way from Australia to attend. “Loved the event! Always good to come home for some culture... Awesome casually sitting and talking to some of our famous Pacific people.... You don't get that in Australia. Definitely worth the trip,” said Katie Mauga.

The launch was an example of how the business world can nurture and promote Pasifika arts and creativity. BNZ Manukau was a main sponsor and generously hosted the event in their bank and outside in the carpark. President of the Samoa Business Network and BNZ Manukau staff-member, Laura Keil-Hall explained, “BNZ is passionate about promoting Samoan entrepreneurs and fostering close networks with the community here in South Auckland. We also feel that literacy and creativity are very important so we were delighted to host the launch because today’s event was about all those things.” Bluesky Samoa was the other key sponsor, proudly showing its commitment to Samoan youth and talent even all the way in South Auckland. The event was organized by the Samoa Business Network and many other businesses, members of the Samoa Business Network themselves, lent their generous support to make it a success.

The Telesa series books are all available for purchase online via


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