Te Ururangi, a battle fought in the heavens. In this combat the god Rongo avenged the death of , the war god who had been allied (uru) with him in his leadership of the rebellion of spirits against the supreme deity. Tāne hurled Rongo and his company down to the lower darkness. A great many beings fell — namely, Puku-nui, Puku-roa, Puku-i-ahua, Puku-i-ngakia, Te-whaka-whenua-i-ere-no-tu, and Hua-take, and Koe-erea, and Kura-waka, and Kura-tahia, and Tipia, and Pito-rei, and Hutihuti-maukuku. And also Tahi-uri was killed there; and Taha-tea, and Taha-ma, and Taha-poko, and Taha-where.

But two men escaped and fled into the forest: one was called Tama-he-rangi, the other was Raki-whakaka. From this time were known and practised the incantations used by the Māori people.



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  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 1:37-38.