Author(s): Robyn Kahukiwa

NZ - Childrens Picture Books

A long time ago, Matatuhi, a fabulous weaver and a woman with special powers, dreamed of making a special cloak, and of encountering a young girl with fair hair and green eyes. Many years later, in modern times, a girl named Mata is adopted by Pakeha parents. She has fair hair, but brown skin. On a class visit to the museum one day, Mata is entranced by a beautiful cloak, and a carved female figure with a chin moko who seems to speak to her. Later, she dreams of feathered cloaks and an old Maori woman with a moko. After the visit, Mata discovers her whakapapa and reclaims her original Maori name Matatuhi. First published April 2006. (Also published in Maori.)


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Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Picture Book 2007.

General Fields

  • : 9780143519942
  • : Penguin Group (NZ)
  • : Puffin
  • : April 2006
  • : 297mm X 210mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 32
  • : line drawings
  • : Robyn Kahukiwa
  • : Paperback