One of three supernormal beings appointed as guardians of the bounds of heavens. Their task was to control the clouds of the heavens, that they might act as a screen between Rangi and Papa, and so shade the body of Mother Earth. The other two are Te Mamaru and Te Iho-rangi; they are all children of Rangi and Papa.
- Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, p. 162.