A personification of clouds. He and his siblings were brought forth by Tāwhiri-mā-tea to punish his brothers, who had rent apart their parents, Rangi and Papa.

In one genealogy,1 Ao-nui is one of the Powers of the Heavens, a descendant of Toko-roto. He is the son of Rangi-whekere and father of Ao-roa.



  1. Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, p. 15.


  • Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, p. 175.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 15.