Taane Nui a Rangi
Ascends the Uppermost Heaven

After the temple had been built, the ascent of Taane Nui a Rangi to Te Toi oo Ngaa Rangi was considered by the gods.

Whiro te Tipua was most urgent that he should go on before; so he proceeded by way of the Taepatanga –edge of the sky- of the heavens to climb up above.

Whiro te Tipua had proceeded on his way for a long distance, when Taane Nui a Rangi told his elder brothers, Tawhirimatea, Tamakaka and Tupai a Tau that they ought to start.

So they went, aided by the family of Paraweranui –mighty southern tempest- who carried them along Taiapo –arm in arm-; by the way of the Aratiatia –way of steps-.

That family is as follows;


1. Te Apu Parauriuri –the black whirlwind-
2. Te Apu Matakaka –the ascending whirlwind-
3. Te Apu Matanginui –the great windy whirlwind-
4. Te Apu Ahurangi –the whirlwind ascending to heaven-

It was they who bore Taane Nui a Rangi to Te Toi oo Ngaa Rangi.

These then were the family of Tawhirimatea, who carried Taane Nui a Rangi to the Pumotomoto of Tawhirirangi.

His companions were Uruao, Rangaranga Ihimatua –rangi ihiihimatua-, Tawhirimatea, Tukapua, Takawairangi and Te Ataata oo te Rangi; these last two accompanied Taane Nui a Rangi to Rangi Naonaoariki, to Kautu and Tapuhi Kura, who were the spirits whose duty it was to take Taane Nui a Rangi to Tauru oo te Rangi –entrance into the third heaven-, where Taane Nui a Rangi was purified by Kautu and Tapuhi Kura.

Tawhirimatea, Uruao, and Rangaranga Ihimatua returned from here to earth, whilst Te Ataata oo te Rangi and Takawairangi carried Taane Nui a Rangi to Tiritiri oo Matangi.

In the meantime Whiro te Tipua had ascended to Ranginui and Rangi Tamaku where he learnt that Taane Nui a Rangi had passed on before him; he followed to Rangi Parauri but did not overtake him.

Here the son in law of Rangi Parauri said to him, “go back! You cannot succeed, for Taane Nui a Rangi has been consecrated above on Maunganui by Ruatau and Rehua.”

At this Whiro te Tipua was very distressed and wroth; he ordered Tini oo Poto to follow in pursuit of Taane Nui a Rangi; they are:-

1. Oo Naonao –mosquito-
2. Oo Roo –ant-
3. Oo Peketua –centipede-
4. Oo Pepe te Muimui –prionoplus-
5. Oo Pekepeke Haratua –daddy long legs-
6. Oo Taunga Hua –fruit fly-
7. Oo Kea –parrot-
8. Oo Kaahu –hawk-
9. Oo Karearea -sparrow hawk-
10. Oo Peka –bat-
11. Oo Ruru –owl-

This was the war party of Whiro te Tipua which he sent to follow Taane Nui a Rangi, to peck and draw his blood, to kill him.

The war party went on and ascended the horizon of Rangi Tiritiri oo Matangi; and there they attacked Taane Nui a Rangi; but they could not approach him; they were whirled away by the Tini oo Parauri.

They could not get near him.

Taane Nui a Rangi now reached Pumotomoto of Tawhirirangi, and there entered the house, where were Taane Nui a Rangi now reached Pumotomoto of Tawhirirangi, and there entered the house, where were Ruatau, Aitu Pawa, Puha oo Rangi and Ohomairangi, Te Rangihaupapa and very many other Whatukura.

Takawairangi and Te Ataata oo Te Rangi returned from here to Tiritiri ki Matanga to await the return of Taane Nui a Rangi.

And also, the war party of Whiro te Tipua returned to Rangi Naonaoariki to await Taane Nui a Rangi on his return.

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