This Te Arawa Māori traditional story tells of two lovers forbidden to meet who find a way to be together. In the legend, Hinemoa lives by Lake Rotorua and Tūtānekai on the island, Mokoia. Hinemoa falls in love when Tūtānekai plays the flute, but Hinemoa’s father considers him unsuitable.
They vow to be together, and every night on the island, Tūtānekai plays his flute to guide Hinemoa to him. With no canoe, Hinemoa must swim the lake with mystical creatures in it to be with Tūtānekai.
The beautiful illustrations are supported by an evocative soundtrack available as a free mp3 download. The soundtrack is voiced by Riria Hotere and features the koauau or flute played by world-leading authority on traditional Māori instruments, Richard Nunns.
This book is also available in a te reo Māori edition.