A personified form of Cold, a star god who with Wero-i-te-kokoto presided over the winter. He was one of several who assailed the sons of Rangi and Papa when they emerged from their protection.

Wero-i-te-ninihi was one of the stars fastened by Tāne on the breast of his father Rangi to make him look more beautiful. He was also one of the stars who principally guided the chiefs and priests in their discussions.



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