The Twin Stars of Matariki

Te Rerehua and Sam know that nothing in nature is identical; not the eels, not the stones on the beach. Not even the twin stars of Matariki, Waitī and Waitā: one looks after fresh water and lakes, the other salt water – the ocean.

When they notice Waitī is looking dim one night, Grandma and Pōua enlist the children’s help with planting around the edges of the lake to help keep it healthy. But at night, those sneaky Patupaiarehe come and pull up the plants!

Grandma devises a plan to scare those naughty fairies away…

Written by Miriama Kamo and and illustrated by Zak Waipara

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For ages 3+, another story set at Te Mata Hāpuku/Birdling’s Flat, where a freshwater lake sits just metres from the ocean, and where the Patupaiarehe come to play…


Read NZ ~ What truly stands out in this tale is the message of environmental stewardship and perseverance. The children in the story’s determination to improve their environment despite obstacles is a valuable lesson for young minds. This book will undoubtedly become a cherished tradition in our classroom and beyond, revisited each year during Matariki. Read the full review.

About the Kiwi creators

Miriama Kamo is an award-winning journalist. She is the anchor of TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme Sunday and Māori current affairs programme Marae. Miriama has worked on many of TVNZ’s key programmes including 1 News as a newsreader. Miriama’s first children’s book with Scholastic was the popular The Stolen Stars of Matariki. Her 2022 book, Matariki Around the World, was one of the bestselling children’s books of 2022.
Zak Waipara is a former NZ Herald graphic artist and HOD of Animation at Animation College, Zak Waipara (Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou, Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Kahungunu) is now Digital Media lecturer at AUT. He has worked as a designer for Māori Television’s children’s show Miharo, illustrated comics and a range of books, and created animated music videos. He is the illustrator of Horeta and the Waka, The Stolen Stars of Matariki and Īhaka and the Unexpected Visitor. Born in Milton, in the South Island, Zak now lives in Auckland.

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Dimensions25 × 24 cm
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Softcover edition



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Scholastic NZ

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