"Heap." In one Māori tradition, the first man. Tiki, son of Tū, kneaded clay with his own blood and formed it after his own image. He danced before it, then breathed on it, and it became a living being. The god Tāne is also credited with Kauika's creation.

Kauika is also known as One-kura, "Red-earth" (female in the Tuamotus).



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  • White, John. (1885). "Maori Customs and Superstitions." In T. W. Gudgeon, History and Doings of the Maoris from 1820 to 1840. Auckland: Brett, pp. 97-225, p. 114.