One of the seventy children or Rangi and Papa who first ventured out into the world, and who first beheld Light. That light was but a feeble glimmer, the light of phosphorescence (hinatore), such as is emitted by Moko-huruhuru. Ue-poto called his brethren to come forth to the outer world, a most desirable place, where pleasing breezes brought delight. They did so come forth, though Whiro and Uru-te-ngangana, and others were averse to entering the world of light, and never ceased to upbraid Tāne for his act in leading them from the sheltered haven.

On emerging from that haven the children encountered the tribulations of this world, for they were assailed by Wero-i-te-ninihi, by Kunawiri, by Maeke, and others (personified forms of Cold). These were the enemies of the offspring, and hence they clung closely to the sides of Papa, the Mother, that they might retain warmth.



  • Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington, N. Z.: Harry H. Tombs, p. 96.

This article incorporates text from The Maori (1924) by Elsdon Best, which is in the public domain.