"Cold space." A goddess of space and a personification of cold. She is a descendant of Rangi and Poko-harua-te-pō, and a child of Moe-waho. She begat Anu-whakarere.

Te Anu-mātao was taken to wife by Tangaroa and became by him the mother of the fish deities — the twins Te Pounamu and Poutini, and Te Whata-uira-a-tangaroa and Te Whatu-kura. See Te Tini-o-te-Anu.



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