Tawhirimatea: A Song for Matariki

Author(s): June Pitman-Hayes

NZ Picture Books

A lyrical song for Matariki (with CD). The book’s lyrical text weaves Maori mythology into a story of the seasons and Matariki, and translator Ngaere Roberts retells the story in te reo.

Tāwhirimātea, A Story for Matariki includes a CD featuring the honeyed voice of jazz-singer June Pitman-Hayes singing in both English and Māori language versions.  The honeyed voice of June Pitman-Hayes is lilting and melodious, making this a joy to listen to in both languages.

Singer/songwriter June Pitman-Hayes wrote this waiata for the children at the Montessori School where she was teaching music. With its delightful, lyrical melody, it warmly weaves together aspects of Māori mythology with the seasons, as a family welcomes Matariki. A te reo Māori version by Ngaere Roberts is also included in the book and on the CD.


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June Pitman-Hayes is a creative writer, singer-songwriter, lyricist and poet of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Pūkenga and Ngāti Maniapoto descent. Raised largely by her maternal Māori grandmother in the tiny settlement of Tamaterau in the Whangarei Heads area, June is one of Aotearoa’s best-known jazz singers, having performed at many events and festivals throughout the country. 

Kat Merewether is the ‘quintessentially Kiwi’ author-illustrator of the bestselling Kuwi the Kiwi series. She is the ambassador for Kiwis for Kiwi, raising awareness for kiwi conservation, and illustrates out of her award-winning educational design studio. Her passion for all things children’s books and illustration is apparent in her quirky illustration style. Kat lives in rural Waikato with her husband and three cheeky daughters.

Ngaere Roberts has written the te reo Māori version.

General Fields

  • : 9781775434139
  • : Scholastic New Zealand Limited
  • : Scholastic New Zealand
  • : Contains Paperback and CD-Audio (Music recording)
  • : May 2017
  • : 250mm X 240mm X 3mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : June Pitman-Hayes
  • : 32
  • : Maori; English
  • : Kat Merewether
  • : Mixed media product