Te Ao

"The light." In the chant of creation, the offspring of Te Pō (Darkness). Te Ao begot Ao-marama (Daylight), who begot Ao-tu-roa (Long-standing light), etc.



  • Shortland, Edward. (1856). Traditions and Superstitions of the New Zealanders. London: Longmans Green, p. 56.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 1:18.