The god of the rainbow: Ti-whana kau ana Uenuku i te rangi. He was also a god of war,1 and if a war-party was seen under the arch, it would be defeated; if to one side, victorious. Hawk feathers were sacred to him. He is probably identical with Kāhukura. He was also called Uenuku-kōpako: Uenuku-kopako te atua tawhanawhana.

His parents were Tāwhaki and Pare-kōri-tawa.2



  1. Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington, New Zealand: Harry H. Tombs, p. 238.
  2. Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, p. 24.


  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 572.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:2.