Media Release – Twinkle, Twinkle, Matariki

Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hoiho are off on another adventure. This time they are heading into space on an important journey to learn about the nine stars of Matariki.

In Māori astronomy, each star aligns with a meaning. In this beautifully illustrated book, each of the meanings is described alongside a fun action.

Twinkle, Twinkle Matariki is written in English and Māori and the text can be sung to the much-loved children’s song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Twinkle, Twinkle Matariki is translated into Māori by Justin Kereama and Tania Solomona. A bonus CD accompanies the book and features the Māori and English versions of the song sung by Paul Inia with music by Richard Larsen.

Author and illustrator Rebecca Larsen says, “I’m really excited to be a part of the Tauranga Moana Matariki celebrations this year, and I’ve been learning about how the star cluster is viewed and how it will translate into what the year ahead might yield. Many cultures around the world acknowledge this star grouping. I was particularly inspired by the work of Māori astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua.”

Twinkle, Twinkle Matariki is extra special for Rebecca, as, due to the Matariki content, the book is dedicated to loved ones who have passed on, so she has dedicated it to her two Grandmothers.

“My grandmother Delma loved to write poetry and draw in pastels. I was handed her art box when she passed on and have used her pastels in my illustrations. My grandmother Alma was very creative and very generous. She would knit blankets and give them away to the community. From them both I have learned to be creative, to embrace a positive attitude and have a giving spirit,” says Rebecca.


As a young girl, Rebecca Larsen always had colours in her hand and enjoyed creating stories and art - her debut bestseller Row, row, row your waka was created because she wanted to introduce te reo to her two children in a fun way, then her family and friends helped her to develop Tāne Mahuta has a forest, which was also successful. Like her other books, Twinkle, Twinkle Mataraiki - her third songbook is for all tamariki around the country and overseas. Rebecca and her whānau are based in Pāpāmoa.

Rebecca Larsen is available for interview | RRP incl. GST $19.99 |

Publication date: June 2019

Published by Imagination Press

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Clayton Communications, (021) 748-117,

Photography by Michael Anger

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