The name of the place whence Tāne brought trees, and took them to Huka-huka-te-raki (fringe of heaven), to Hu-matao (rather cold), to Tu-kou-a-hao-a-iki (nakedly standing, the gatherer-together and consumer), and to Ao-tea-mua (sacred light cloud). When Tāne planted trees at Ao-tea-mua, he set the feet and legs in the earth — trees at first were like men — and retired a little distance to survey them, but they did not please him. He then planted the head downwards and the legs upwards, which he pronounced good: thus the hair of the head became the roots. Raki (Rangi) had little to do with them, though they were his children.



  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, pp. 1:26-27.

This article incorporates text from Ancient History of the Maori (1887) by John White, which is in the public domain.