Described as a "Māori Twilight Zone", Mataku was an award-winning series of half-hour supernatural tales. Two seasons of the South Pacific Pictures show screened on TV3; a later series screened on TV One in 2005. Each episode was introduced by Temuera Morrison. Created by Carey Carter and Bradford Haami, the bilingual series proved a strong local and global and domestic success. Carter spoke of how the show turned the spirituality of the Māori "into stories so that the rest of the world can get a glimpse of that aspect of our culture".