Summer and winter are personified as Hine Raumati and Hine Takurua.
They are the daughters of Tangaroa Akiukiu and both were taken to wife by Te Raa.
Hine Takurua dwells out on the ocean and controls the food supplies of that region.
Hine Raumati dwells on land, her task being to foster the food products of the earth.
Te Raa spends half the year with each of his wives.
At the time of Maaruaroa o Takurua Hotoke, Te Raa commences to return from the ocean to the land to dwell with Hine Raumati.
1. Takurua Hotoke –winter.
2. Koanga Mahuru –spring.
3. Raumati –summer.
4. Ngaa Huru –autumn.
Each season consist of three months.
The seasonal markers:
1. Maaruaroa o Takurua Hotoke – winter solstice.
2. Rite o Te Raa me Te Poo Koanga Mahuru – spring equinox.
3. Maaruaroa o Raumati – summer solstice.
4. Rite oo Te Raa me Te Poo Ngaa Huru – autumn equinox.