The Wars of The Gods

At this time the hatred and jealousy of Whiro te Tipua and his faction towards Taane te Waananga a Rangi had become permanent.

Whiro te Tipua would not give his consent to the appointment of the Pou Tiri Ao to their respective spheres. His elder brethren said to him, “leave to our younger brother the direction and the power; he has acquired the Kauwae Runga.

As for you, all you have initiated has ended in disaster, even from the very beginning down to the present time.”

Much strife ensued, until Uru te Ngangana separated himself from Whiro te Tipua, and departed for the home of his younger brother Rongomaraeroa and his party, and to Huaki Pouri.

The dissentions between the various factions of the gods now became permanent, leading to actual war; Whiro te Tipua was defeated; the general name for this war is Te Paerangi, and the names of the different battles were:-


1. Rerepari

2. Maunga Utahataha

3. Wai Taha

4. Roronuku Atea

5. Te Ikahoromata

6. Te Iwi Hora

7. Tu Rourou

8. Hurikino

9. Whakaahu

10. Katikati Aho

11. Te Kaharoa

12. Moe te Horo

13. Te Karangi

14. Te Harotororoto

15. Takoto Moana

16. Kaikai Tangata

17. Taiki Nui

18. Ngakau Pakoa

19. Taheke Roa

20. Te Au Miro

21. Te Au Tahataha

There were others besides; indeed a great many in which they fought.

Some battles were on land, some in the heavens, some in the intermediate space, some on the water, there was no place in which they did not fight.

Such places as they thought suitable, there they fought. But these battles were fought as gods between gods.

The end of it all was that Whiro te Tipua was defeated, and that was the reason he descended to Rarohenga; hence is that fatal descent of his named Tahekeroa.

Whiro te Tipua disappeared for ever into Te Muriwaihou, to Rarohenga; that is to the place named Te Reinga.

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