Story: Whakapapa – genealogy

Te Rangikāheke

Te Rangikāheke

Wiremu Te Maihi Te Rangikāheke from Ngāti Rangiwewehi transcribed a number of oral traditions in his tribe which became widely known. In one reference to creation he wrote: Te Pō, te Pō / Te Ao, te Ao / Te kimihanga, te hahaunga, i te kore, i te kore. (The night, the night / The day, the day / The seeking, the adzing out from the nothing, the nothing.)

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Whakapapa – genealogy - Whakapapa of creation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2015