"Damp." One of the great Powers preceding the gods. Mākū was the son of Kore-te-matua; his wife was Mahora-nui-a-tea, and their son was Rangi (Heaven, or Sky).

Mākū is probably the same as Te Mangu.1 He is said to have been the son of Kore-te-tamaua, and the husband of Mahorahora-nui-a-Rangi. From the union of Te Mangu and Mahorahora sprung the Props of Heaven (see Toko), and also a fourth son, Rangi-pōtiki.



  1. Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, p. 12.


  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 200.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 1:18.

This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.