Pacific Islands - Samoa

Image: UN Women by Abril Esquivel on Flickr
This collection of websites provides information on all aspects of Samoa including geographical facts and figures, culture, festivals, people, places and history. SCIS 1525173

See also: New Zealand and Samoa in World War OneSamoan modern history and other entries on Pacific Islands.


Commonwealth Secretariat: Samoa

This website includes an overview on Samoa as well as sections on society, economy, constitution and politics, history and travel.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term 'Samoa.'

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Fact Monster

Information from the Kids’ almanac includes fast facts and a brief column on the geography, history and government, plus the Samoan flag and a map of the islands.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

This is a collection of fables from Samoa. The text of each story is available in both Samoan and English and there is also an oral recording for each story told in Samoan.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term Samoa.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Samoa 1914

In this gallery you will find a range of primary sources linked to New Zealand’s invasion of Western Samoa in 1914. Each gallery photo is accompanied by a description and discussion question.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Samoa Observer: newspaper online

You can keep up with current events in Samoa through this online, full-text version of the Samoa Observer.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Samoa Tourism Authority

Aimed at tourists, but also has useful content for students. There is an explanation of Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way) as well as information about dance, food and history. There are also some simple Samoan words and phrases, including greetings and numbers.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Siapo (also known as tapa) is one of the oldest Samoan cultural art forms. This website has detailed information on Siapo including the process, the artists, and the history behind this art form. It also has a link to a short video clip.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Te Ara: Samoans

Te Ara has a story on the Samoans. This looks at the history, migration and settlement in New Zealand, and the continuing close cultural ties Samoans have with their homeland.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Te Papa: Museum of New Zealand
Browse through the Pacific Cultures pages to find objects, specimens and research from the museum’s collections. There are images and information on Samoan tatau, tapa, and kilikiti (Samoan cricket).

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

World Factbook – Samoa

CIA World Factbook provides current facts and figures about Samoa, including demographic and economic data.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on Samoa, at junior and more advanced levels. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Night fishing for my birthday, by Tuala F. Tiresa Malietoa, 2003 (picture book)
Selafina, by Catherine Hannken, 2003 (picture book)
Talia, by Catherine Hannken, 2009 (picture book)


Samoan Cricket Bats Te Papa. You Tube. 2.47