Mataku: episode guide

The Sisters: Nga Tuahine

Episode 1.01
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Wednesday November 13, 2002 (APTN)
Screenplay by Carrey Carter
Directed by Robin Walters

Devoted sisters, Nola and Naera, are separated as children when Naera goes missing in the forest. Nola carries the pain of her sister's disappearance into adulthood, and when her own life begins to crumble around her, Naera appears to her, with a plan to reunite the sisters forever.

Starring: Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell as Nola, Nari Gutherie as Naera, Renee Soloman-Tauhinu as Young Nola, Gordon Hatfield as The Admirer, Stephen Lovatt as Trevor, Ngamaru Raerino as Priest, Peter Kau as Ratu, Erina Toi as Ramai

The Heirloom: Te Kura Paraoa

Episode 1.02
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Wednesday November 06, 2002
Screenplay by Bradford Haami and Michael Barrett
Directed by Michael Barrett

Jonathan is a talented craftsman who, together with his scheming girlfriend, buys Maori artifacts at auction under the pretense of repatriating them. But Jonathan is in for a surprise when he tries to copy a beautiful whalebone patu and the patu shows its power.

Starring: Tamati Rice as Jonathan, Sara Wiseman as Petra, Norman Forsey as Honor, Hori Ahipene as Charlie, Lawrence Makaore as Warrior, Waihoroi Shortland as Kaumatua Tiaki, Andre Huber as Herr Heinrich, Patrick Smith as Auctioneer, Bayley Kite as Little Girl on Bike, Renee O'Connor as American Buyer, Ian Mune as Detective

The Blue Line: Kahurangi

Episode 1.03
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Wednesday November 27, 2002
Written and directed by Vanessa Rare

When a property development company starts to clear land to make way for a new casino, a young female executive is overtaken by the spirit of an old Maori woman. She is compelled to keep the land sacred… at any cost.

Starring: Cheri[e] James as Sandra, Kirk Torrance as Temuera, Mabel Wharekawa-Burt as Kahurangi, Peter Feeney as Selwyn/Captain Harrison, Stephanie Wilkin as Leanne, Kayte Fergusson as Katarina, Mark Clare as Ted, Bruce Stewart as Colonial Soldier, Bruce Carins as Colonial Soldier

The Pathway of the Spirit: Te Ara-Wairua

Episode 1.04
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: October 30, 2002
Screenplay by Riwia Brown
Directed by Jim Moriarty

The marriage of Kingi and Marama is the perfect match. Their love for one another has no boundaries. When tragedy strikes, an old Maori legend leads Kingi into the world of the spirits, with the hope of being reunited with his love.

Starring: Te Arepa Kahi as Kingi, Tahei Simpson as Marama, Wi Kuki Koa as Rua, Helen Pearce-Otene as Tui, Roimata Taimana as Tony, Dale Husband as Hepi, …

The Final Plume: Te Raukura

Episode 1.05
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Wednesday November 20, 2002
Written and directed by Carey Carter

Sean Ngari is a model teenager, but without warning he attacks his father in a violent rage. Sean persists in violent behaviour and is locked away. Sean's mother consults a tohunga who reveals that Sean is acting on the dying wish of an old Maori Chief. It is prophesied that he will kill his own father. The tohunga tries to break the curse without realizing there are other forces at work.

Starring: William Park as Sean, Pete Smith as Pahi, Sue Garton as Rina, Robin Kora as Te Haika, Kingi Taurua as Te Kakarapiti, Anaru Grant as Tuta, Lawrence Makoare as Tom, Lionel Waaka as Manu, Tracey Carter as Woman Police Officer, Ed Tuari as Compere, David Waikaira-Paul as Warena, Lui Manu-Anderson as Keepa, Michael Hurst as Dr Forbes

The Enchanted Flute: Te Ngoro

Episode 2.01 (6)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Wednesday December 04, 2002
Screenplay by Briar Grace Smith
Directed by Michael Bennett

A shy young man finds a Maori bone flute on a beach, which seems to be the answer to his problems, but which could lead him to his doom.

Starring: Darren Young as Randolph, Miriama Smith as Hine/Marakihau, Veeshayne Armstrong as Kuini, Jo Davidson as Sally, Patrick Kuhtze as Drummer, Chris Graham as Keyboards, Kipa Royal as Double Bass, Jess Henry as Teenage Girl, Te Maapi Pene as Teenage Boy, Jason Nathan as Waata, Mark Nua as Bouncer

The Rocks: Nga Kohatu

Episode 2.02 (7)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Sunday, January 06, 2003
Screenplay by Debra Reweti and Michael Bennett
Directed by Cliff Curtis

A rocky outcrop, once the site of a bloody killing, carries a curse, bringing heartbreak and tragedy to the family that farm the land.

Starring: Andrew Binns as Frank, Tungia Baker as Nanny, Mauri-Oho Stokes as Hone, Nicola Kawana as Tui, Colin May as Ted Reece, Bruce Allpress as Old Man Frank

The Lost Tribe: Nga Iwi Ngaro

Episode 2.03 (8)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Wednesday December 22, 2002
Screenplay by Michael Bennett
Directed by Peter Burger

During a training exercise, an Army unit stumbles across a lost warrior from the past.

Starring: Calvin Tuteau as Sergeant Tu Peters, Ross Duncan as Swanky Stevens, Scott Morrison as John Doe, Phil Spencer-Harris as Charlie, Clint Eruera as Doug, Craig Hall as Tatts, Laurie Dee as Gerald, Joy Watson as Betty, Rob Mokaraka as Jack, Slade Leef as Shaft, Bruce Burfield as Truckie, Blue Pilkington as Rabbit, Rob 'Bomber' Young as Sandy, Charlie Reuben-Tuoro as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Michael Steedman as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Jade Fraser as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Ronnie Jones as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Timikara Taurerewa as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Pita Taurerewa as Ngati Hawea Warrior, John Potini as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Ralph Adams as Ngati Hawea Warrior, William Papuni as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Feofaaki Kulitapa as Ngati Hawea Warrior, Kevin J Wilson as The Captain

The Fishing Trip: Mahi Hi Ika

Episode 2.04 (9)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Sunday, January 12, 2003
Screenplay by Carey Carter
Directed by Carey Carter

There are dire consequences when friends on a fishing trip land on sacred land.

Starring: Hemi Rudolph as Luke, Sonny Kirikiri as Pia, Geoffrey Dolan as Ron, Phil Adams as Bill, Michael Dwyer as Golly, Bronson Ah Kuoi as Young Luke, Paaka Hakaraia as Young pia, Lloyd Reardon as Young Ron, Hore Epiha as Young Bill, Adhan Hall as Young Golly

The God Child: Tipua

Episode 2.05 (10)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: ???

There are consequences for a young woman who uses her psychic powers for criminal gain.

Starring: Simone Kessell as Virginia, Thomas Kiwi as The Tohunga, Makarita Umbers as Furnell/Hine

Divine Intervention: Ahu Mai Hohonu

Episode 2.06 (11)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Sunday, December 29, 2002
Screenplay by Michael Bennett and Bradford Haami
Directed by Robin Walters

A taxi driver summons a taniwha to deal with a new rival.

Starring: Pio Terei as Tama, Whetu Fala as Heti, Glynnis Paraha as Peti, Alvin Fitisemanu as Sole, Kate Sullivan as Ripeka, Antonio Te Maioha as Kanawheru, June Bishop as Mrs Fitzsimmons, Rose Rawiri as Customer

Going to War: Te Mura O Te Ahi

Episode 2.07 (12)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Sunday, January 15, 2003
Screenplay by Michael Bennett
Directed by Michael Bennett

A young Maori soldier who is sceptical about his family's traditional beliefs has his mind changed when he encounters his uncle who died years before in World War II.

Starring: Manu Bennet as John, Blair Strang as Uncle Eru, Vicky Haughton as Kura, Jason Hoyte as Badger, Charles Unwin as Flight Engineer, Rachael House as Rachel, Ngawai Greenwood as Kura's Mother, Ngamaru Raerino as Kura's Father, Hugo McCallum as Private, Jayde Rutene as Young Kura, Simon Clarke as Navigator, special guest: George Henare as Uncle Ben

The Sands of Time: Te One Tahua

Episode 2.08 (13, finale)
New Zealand: unknown
Canada: Wednesday December 11, 2002
Screeplay by ?
Directed by ?

When a family moves into a new home, the two children find themselves haunted by the spirits of two doomed lovers.

Starring: Rawiri Paratene as David Williams, Maggie Harper as Mary Williams, Dominique Crawford as Nicky Williams, Jacob Rutene as Caleb Williams, Lawrence Wharerau as Mahangaroa, Warwick Morehu as Te Tako, Jamie Milroy as Hinge, Patrick Kake as Sgt Te M...(?) [Police Sergeant], Ronnie Jones as Mahangarea Henchman, James Winiata as Mahangarea Henchman, Arrin Clark as Mahangarea Henchman, Karmen Hetaraka as Mahangarea Henchman, Edward Howard as Mahangarea Henchman, Tama Packau as Te Tako Henchman, Jimmy Figure as Te Tako Henchman