Kōrero: Samoans

How your difference makes a difference

Artwork from book cover of person with large amount of curly black hair under the word 'Mophead'.

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh was New Zealand’s poet laurate from 2017 to 2019. While she was in the position she wrote and illustrated this graphic novel memoir called Mophead: How your difference makes a difference, about growing up in South Auckland in the 1970s and 1980s. It won 2020 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Marsh is of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent. She was the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from The University of Auckland.

Her first collection of poetry, Fast Talking PI, was published in 2009, and her poetry has been published in many collections. In 2016., as Commonwealth Poet, she was commissioned to perform for the Queen at Westminster Abbey.

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Auckland University Press

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Lupematasila Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Contributions to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/ephemera/47740/how-your-difference-makes-a-difference (accessed 8 February 2023)

He kōrero nā Lupematasila Melani Anae, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 7 Sep 2022 with assistance from  Lupematasila Melani Anae