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The Seven Stars of Matariki By Toni Rolleston-Cummins

The Seven Stars of Matariki By Toni Rolleston-Cummins

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The Seven Stars of Matariki By Toni Rolleston-Cummins

An adventurous young man called Mitai lives with his seven handsome brothers in the village of Maketu. He watches his brothers become bewitched by seven beautiful women, and under their spell, the brothers no longer eat, look after themselves, work in their gardens or hunt.

Realising the women are patupaiarehe, fairy women, he knows they must be cast far away. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, and he places the patupaiarehe in the heavens farthest from the earth.

Yet once a year, at winter solstice, he allows their beauty to shine in the eastern sky as stars.

The seven Matariki stars are a mother (Matariki) and her six daughters – Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Waitā, and Ururangi. 

A Te Reo edition is also available, Te Huihui o Matariki

Product Details


  • ISBN: 9781869693275
  • Dimension: 210 x 297 mm
  • Pages: 28
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 02 Jun 2008
  • RRP: $18.00
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