"Earth-formed maid." A female formed by Tāne from the earth taken at the Kura-waka beach. He then took her to wife. She first gave birth to Tiki-tōhua, the progenitor of birds, then to Tiki-kapakapa, the first human child of Tāne, whom he later named Hine-a-tauira.

Other children of Tāne by Hine-ahu-one, before she became Hine-nui-te-pō, are Tahu-kumea, Tahu-kumea-te-pō, Tahu-kumea-te-ao, Tahu-o-ti-atu, and Tahu-whaka-iro.1

Hine-ahu-one is also the mother of Hina-kapua and Hine-te-uira.



  1. Wohlers, J. F. H. (1875). "Mythology and Tradition of the Maori." New Zealand Institute, Transactions 7:3-53, p. 34.


  • Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, p. 22.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, pp. 72, 445.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, pp. 1:131, 146.