Tawhirimatea, blow winds blow, Ra, warm us up with your sunshine glow. Papatuanuku, we plant seeds in you. Ua, rain, helps new life come through . . . Sing along to this catchy Matariki song celebrating Earth, sky, seasons and whanau. It¿s our very own Aotearoa, from forest to seashore, dawn light to starry night.
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.