One of the denizens of heaven, a son of the primordial parents Rangi and Papa. Uru-te-ngangana, Roiho and Roake were appointed guardians of realms celestial, of the heavenly bodies. He is one of the attendants of Io in the uppermost heaven.
Roake and Roiho endowed Tāne with the necessary powers to enable him to beget man.
- Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, pp. 97, 115, 116.