Reading of Te Huihui o Matariki
Join story time as we read Te Huihui o Matariki, written by Toni Rolleston-Cummings and read aloud by Bailey Henare Turia.
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. Under their spell, the brothers no longer eat, look after themselves, work in their gardens or hunt. Realising that the women are patupaiarehe, fairy women, he knows they must be cast far away. They are given to Urutengangana, the god of the stars, who places the patupaiarehe in heavens farthest from Earth. Once a year, at winter solstice, he allows their beauty to shine in the eastern sky. This story by Toni Rolleston-Cummins was translated into te Reo Māori by Hone Morris.
You can purchase a copy of the book from Huia Publishers here.