Chamber ensemble (2-7 players), Works with taonga pūoro

Duet for flute and taonga pūoro

Hineraukatauri was written for, and dedicated to, Alexa Still and Richard Nunns. They gave the first performance at the 1999 National Flute Convention in Atlanta, USA.

About the work

In Māori tradition, Hineraukatauri is the goddess of music and dance. She is embodied in the form of the female case-moth, who hangs in the bushes and sings in a pure, high voice to attract the male moths to her. Her hair is found as a fern, the hanging spleenwort, and her voice is heard in the sound of the pūtōrino, an instrument known only in Aotearoa. The pūtōrino is an instrument that can be played in various ways – as a flute, as a trumpet and as a means of enhancing or altering the human voice.

Instrumentation and scoring

The flautist plays piccolo, concert flute and alto flute.

The taonga pūoro include 3 different pūtōrino — one made of albatross bone and 2 of wood, and both the flute and trumpet voices are used. Other instruments used are a karanga manu (bird-caller), a pūrerehua (swung bull-roarer) and tumutumu (tapped instruments).

The flute player’s part is notated, but the music for the taonga pūoro is improvised; there are areas when the flute player is encouraged to improvise with the taonga.

Scores and recordings

Buy or borrow the score from SOUNZ, or buy an MP3 recording.

Hineraukatauri — SOUNZ

There are several CD recordings of this work.

Puhake ki te rangi — CD

Quays — CD

Silver Stone Wood Bone — CD and digital album

Hineraukaturi has been recorded twice as part of SOUNZ’s Resound project.

Hineraukatauri — video 2017

Hineraukatauri — video 2012

Hineraukatauri was also included on a double CD called Sound Barrier, a major promotional project for New Zealand music.

Sound Barrier — CD


Kirsten Eade focused on this work in her dissertation.

The influence of Māori music traditions in the flute compositions of Gillian Whitehead — publication