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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 one of them goes missing. Mysterious patupaiarehe (fairies) are implicated. Years later Nola (Mamaengaroa Pere, who won acclaim as Grace Heke in Once Were Warriors) is down on her luck, when her sister reappears, no older than before. Noted Māori artist Gordon Toi (aka Gordon Hatfield) plays a dodgy admirer, and Stephen Lovatt plays the dodgy landlord. 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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Carey Carter

Creator, Writer, Story Creator, Producer

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Mamaengaroa Pere (née Kerr-Bell)

As: Nola

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Renee Solomon-Tauhinu

As: Young Nola

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Nari Guthrie

As: Naera

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Temuera Morrison


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Stephen Lovatt

As: The landlord

See all 39 credits


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