Mataku

Season 1 Episode 4

The Sisters: Nga Tuahine

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Oct 24, 2002 on TVNZ
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The Sisters: Nga Tuahine
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Two devoted sisters named Nola and Naera are separated when young Naera wanders off into a forest. Nola feels her sister's loss deeply throughout her life, and when her own life begins to fall apart, Naera suddenly appears to her and tells Nola that there is a way that they can be together forever...moreless

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Priest: (in Maori) Your daughter's spirit is not with our ancestors. She is still here.
        Father: Eh, then where is she, Koro?
        Priest: You know, the elders believed there were fairy people in the forest. The Patupaiarehe are mischievous and powerful. For safe passage through their domain, an offering was made for them.
        Father: Do you think the Patupaiarehe have taken Naera?
        Priest: There is a powerful spirit working against me. A spirit that only belongs to such beings...

    • NOTES (3)

      • Music Featured In This Episode:
        "For Eternity" written and composed by Kipa Royal, vocals by Taisha Khutze (Nola's song)

      • Nga Tuahine means "the sister" in Maori.

      • 'The Sisters/Nga Tuahine'

        Based on actual happenings, this week's Mataku tells the chilling tale of one family's battle with guilt and anger when one family member disappears without a trace.

        When Mataku producer Carey Carter was a young boy living in the small rural town of Turangi, two girls from the nearby settlement of Waikaremoana went missing in bush land that they apparently knew like the back of their hands.

        While the news headlines reported that the search parties were looking far and wide for the girls, Maori elder in the area had other ideas about what had happened to the pair.

        "The blamed the Patupaiarehe - the bush fairies or fairy people - that Maori people believe in," says Carter. "These are the mischievous, mysterious creatures that exist throughout our culture. They lived in the forest ranges and the old people would say that when the mist would fall, if you listened carefully you could hear the music of the Patupaiarehe. They are to be feared and respected."

        When it came time to look for story ideas for the Mataku series, Carter quickly looked to the story of the sisters and the local elders belief that they had been taken by the Patupaiarehe as a basis for one of the episodes.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Nola: Well, how do I look?
        Naera: Um, like Princess Leia?
        Naera's make-up job on her sister is compared to the famous fictional heroine of the original Star Wars series of movies. The second series was actually filmed in part in New Zealand, and starred Temuera Morrison, Mataku's host.

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