The Seven Stars of Matariki

By Toni Rolleston-Cummins

The Seven Stars of Matariki


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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.

A Māori language edition is also available, Te Huihui o Matariki.


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Product Details

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

Product Review

"Children's books of myth and magic are best enjoyed with bewitching illustrations to drool over and simple, minimalistic text. 'The Seven Stars of Matariki' is indicative of a delightful read of beauty, deception, loyalty and love with a contemporary twist...A book that will cause a lasting impression and a story that will no doubt be re-told each year in June."Tu Mai

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About the Author

Toni Rolleston-Cummins

Toni Rolleston-Cummins (Te Arawa, Ngāi te rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) is a primary school teacher, has a journalism degree and has written poems and stories from a young age. Finding a shortage of good books about Matariki, she originally wrote this story to engāge and entertain her class and make the story of Matariki come alive and have meaning. The S... Read More