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)
Traditional Māori instruments performed by Hirini Melbourne
Nola's song 'For Eternity' written and composed by Kipa Royal, and sung by Taisha Khutze