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Mataku - The Sisters (Ngā Tuāhine)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2001


Anthology series Mataku featured Māori stories involving the supernatural. In this early episode, Temuera Morrison introduces the story of sisters Nola and Naera, who are playing in the forest when they have a frightening encounter. Mysterious patupaiarehe (fairies) are implicated, which haunt Nola as an adult (played later in the excerpt by Mamaengaroa Pere, who won acclaim as Grace Heke in Once Were Warriors). Noted Māori artist Gordon Toi (aka Gordon Hatfield) plays the dodgy man in the bar. Carey Carter's story was based on two girls who went missing near Waikaremoana. 

For safe passage through their domain, an offering was made for them.
– One of the characters describes the patupaiarehe (fairies)

Key Cast & Crew

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Renee Solomon-Tauhinu

As: Young Nola

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Mamaengaroa Pere (née Kerr-Bell)

As: Nola

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Nari Guthrie

As: Naera

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Carey Carter

Writer, Original Story, Producer

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Temuera Morrison


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Robin Walters


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Made with funding from NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho, with support from the NZ Film Commission and TV3


Traditional Māori instruments performed by Hirini Melbourne

Nola's song 'For Eternity' written and composed by Kipa Royal, and sung by Taisha Khutze