A deity, or nature-power personified, and preceding the ordinary deities. In one genealogy she is the wife of Mākū, and the mother of Rangi (the sky). Her name signifies "Clear, spread out," or the "bright wide expanse," or "Great spreading-out of light." She is probably the same as Mahorahora-nui-a-Rangi.



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