Whero, Whero-i-te-ninihi, Whero-i-te-kokoto, and Whero-i-te-ao-maori are the names of constellations fastened by the god Tāne on the breast of his father Rangi (the Sky) to make him look more beautiful after he had been rent apart from his wife, Papa (the Earth).



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