"The Dark one." The personification of dark night and of the underworld. She is a child of Hine-nui-te-pō, born after the latter had fled away to her ancestors in the realms of . Also mentioned as a male deity.



  • Andersen, Johannes C. (1928). Myths and Legends of the Polynesians. London: George G. Harrap, p. 411.
  • Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, p. 23.