We’re welcoming Qiane Matata-Sipu (Te Waiohua, Waikato, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pikiao, Rarotonga, Mangaia) to share her pukapuka Maki The Tuurehu with us on Father’s Day!

Bring along your whānau to celebrate the closing weekend of Pohewa Pahewa and hear Qiane read from this recent book sharing histories and puuraakau (legends) from te ao Māōri.

Maki the Tuurehu is the first published children’s book by Qiane Matata-Sipu and Ngaati Tahinga Wilson. Published by Te Ahiwaru Trust with support from the Ministry of Education and Waikato-Tainui through the Huinga Taniwha kaupapa, it is part of a series of books in development sharing the histories and puuraakau of Te Ahiwaru hapū and their rohe of Ihumaatao. Maki the Tuurehu is designed by Chloe Rewiti, who developed the design identity for Pohewa Pāhewa.


Qiane Matata-Sipu is an esteemed Māori-Pasifika creative, storyteller, strategist and award-winning journalist, photographer and māmā and is also a founding member and co-leader of SOUL Protect Ihumātao. In 2021 Qiane was awarded the Women of Influence Arts and Culture Award, and in 2023 became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to the arts. Qiane is the founder and director of NUKU, a social enterprise championing Indigenous women through podcasts, live events, video and a book, and her multi-media production company QIANE+co. Her first book NUKU: Stories of 100 Indigenous Women was shortlisted in the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for Illustrated Non-Fiction and the PANZ book design awards.


Maki the Tuurehu is written by Qiane Matata-Sipu and Ngaati Tahinga Wilson, illustrated by Moanaroa Te Whata, designed by Chloe Reweti, edited by Leoni Hayden and published by Te Ahiwaru Trust

Qiane Matata-Sipu

Cover of Maki the Tuurehu, illustrated by Moanaroa Te Whata and designed by Chloe Rewiti