"Great origin." A Māori goddess. Fertilized by Tāne, she produced various trees, among which the maire, puriri, kahika (a creeper or vine), and the ake-rau-tangi (ake, tree of the weeping leaf).

The bark of the kahika-tea and ake-rau-tangi is made into a house in which Kāhukura may dwell.



  • Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, p. 114.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, pp. 1:142-143.