Ika, or Te Ika-roa, or Ika-o-te-Rangi, the Galaxy or Milky Way. Ika-roa was the mother of the stars, Nga Whetu, and was the wife of Kohu (mist), who was the son of Toko-pā, one of the Props of Heaven.

Te Ika-roa is one of those who regulate the seasons. The Milky Way is also called Mango-roa (Long Shark).



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