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Periods of the Day and Night

1. Poo Utu – midnight.

2. Huti Tao Te Raa – the sun has passed the meridian but has not yet risen to any marked extent.

3. Huti To Te Raa – the sun is rising but is not visible above the horizon.

4. Te Raa ka Huru – sunrise.

5. Te Ata – morning.

6. Kia Rewa te Raa ki Runga – sun is high up.

7. Poo Utu Maro – midday.

8. Kua Tao Te Raa – the sun has passed the meridian but has not yet declined to any marked extent.

9. Kua To Te Raa – the sun is setting but is still visible above the horizon.

10. Kua To Rangi Te Raa – sunset.

11. Te Ahiahi – early evening.

12. Te Poo – the night.

These are the periods of day and night in the time Rite o Te Raa me Te Poo when day and night are of equal length.

Hine Titama is the dawn maid, Hine Ata is the morning maid, Hine Aotea is the daylight maid, and Hine Ahiahi is the evening maid.

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