Te Kui-u-uku, the old woman of the wiped breasts, was the mother or tutelary deity of the matai tree. She was one of the trees planted by Tāne, head downwards and the leg upwards, so that the hair of the head became roots.



  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 1:27.