Maaramataka Te Waitohu Poo

Maaramataka Tuuranganui a Kiwa – Addendum

Korowai o Ngaa Atua

Taane te Waananga a Rangi appointed some of his elder brethren to be stationed both on the back and front of their common parent Ranginui, thus:

Uru te Ngangana



These were the occupiers of the house Poutiriao, which held the Kaupeka of the year.

It was hence Tataiarorangi – that is what is now known as an almanac -was made possible to guide the Whanau Puhi Ariki.

Such was Tataiarorangi, that the arrangement of the sun, moon, and stars in their proper seasons and courses now became known.

Some of the family of Ranginui and Papatuuaanuku are always moving about in the planes of the heavens, arranging and directing the Tataiarorangi o Te Aorangipuaroa.

It is in consequence of this that the sun, moon, and their younger brethren the stars that denote the seasons of the year move correctly; together with Ngaa Whetu Punga that lie in Ika o te Rangi, –the great ridge of heaven-.

Taane te Waananga a Rangi also appointed Rakamaomao, Kaukau, and Haepuru to confine and guard the bounds of Ranginui a Tamaku, as a place in which the various gods of the heavens might move about, and where could be obtained the plumes used by the Whatukura, Mareikura, Ruao, and other Apa.

Now the family of Ranginui and Papatuuaanuku from the time they went forth from the embrace of their parents, down to the period of Te Whawhai o Paerangi, and to the time of the appointment of Pou Tiri Ao, were all dwelling within a kind of twilight.

The reason of this was there was no sun, no moon, no stars, and no clouds.

The clouds on which Taane Nui a Rangi, Ruatau, Rehua had rode were from Tiritiri o Matangi; those were the first used to take them down to Rangi Naonaoariki.

Those clouds were returned by the Aparangi, and then they continued their descent on the clouds of Rangi Naonaoariki to Rangi Wanawana, and so on down to Rangi Tamaku and Papatuuaanuku.

When Taane te Waananga a Rangi propped up the heavens these clouds remained up there.

In consequence of this want of light Taane te Waananga a Rangi ordered that Te Whanau Puhi Ariki o Te Whanau Ariki should be brought down from their dwelling on Maunganui, where they had been stationed by Taane te Waananga a Rangi and his elder brethren at Rangitukia.

The residence of that family was not at all pleasant, for they could only see indistinctly, and their eyes continually watered.

So it was thought better to convey them to the belly of their father, Ranginui, and there affix them so that the earth might be lit up.

Then Kewa asked of Taane te Waananga a Rangi, “who above on Maunganui is in charge of that family?” Taane te Waananga a Rangi replied, “they are with Taringawaru, Tongatonga, Tawhirirangi, and Te Ikaroa, suspended within the house at Rangitukia.”

When Kewa arrived at the base of Maunganui he said unto Tongatonga, “the family of gods have finally decided that the family in your charge here are to be taken and affixed to the front of their ancestor, and there remain to adorn the front of Ranginui.”

To this the guardians of that family consented; they were also the feeders of that family.

Then Tongatonga and Kewa ascended Maunganui, and looking down from there they saw the family amusing themselves on the sands at Te Rehuroa.

They were called to come up to the summit of Maunganui.

Their mode of progression was by rolling over and over up the mountain; the reason for this was that they were shaped like an eye, they had no bodies.

When they reached the courtyard named Takapaurangi, they disappeared into their house, Rangitukia; and then Taringawaru, Tawhirirangi, Te Ikaroa, and Tongatonga took four baskets in which to place Te Whanau Puhi Ariki.

These baskets were named:

Te Raaururangi –basket of the sun

Te Kauhanga –basket of the moon

Te Ikaroa –basket of Autahi and his younger brethren

Te Rauroha –basket of Whanau Punga and smaller stars

Now the smaller stars in the fourth basket were placed in the canoe named Uruao, – which is to be seen as a pattern in the sky, – so they might be guarded, least they be maltreated by their elder brethren and fall down below.

Tamarereti was appointed their guardian.

After this the family of stars were conveyed to the presence of their ancestor Ranginui, and were there arranged so that they might light up their ancestors front surface, and to give light also to the earth mother.

Te Ikaroa, Rongomaitaharangi, and Rongomaitahanui were sent to lay down the Aramatua, and the Kaupeka, as the path along which the family of stars might travel correctly lest they collided with one another.

Te Ikaroa was appointed to the Zodiac as guardian of the minor stars and those of the Whanau Punga.

The second name of Te Ikaroa o te Rangi was then given to the milky way, –the great ridge of heaven-; and Rongomaitaharangi was placed on the right hand side of the milky way to guard the sun, whilst Rongomaitahanui was stationed on the left hand to guard Autahi and his younger brethren.

The waxing moon was placed behind the sun and the stars.

Now the family of the earth mother considered this arrangement, and saw that it was not a good one, because the waxing moon was in the dark, as were the other minor stars.

So they separated the elder brother the sun and placed him on the fore head of Ranginui and the moon and stars on his belly.

They then carefully examined this second arrangement, and saw that it was not satisfactory either, and the reason was, that there was only one phase; there was nothing but continual daylight; for all the family of stars were in one heap.

And then they changed it so that the elder brother was stationed on the back of the legs of sky father, and the waxing moon and the stars on his belly, there to remain fixed.

Again the family of earth mother examined the arrangement, with the sun on the back of the legs of the sky father, and the moon and the stars on his belly, so that the sun might climb up by the thighs of the sky father and the moon and the stars follow him; and thus was the sun separated from his younger brethren.

And now for the first time, was seen night and day; and this arrangement was named Te Ao Maarama in which the sun traveled across the sky, also, Te Ao Maaramanui and Te Ao Maaramaroa.

The reason of this was, there was no night or darkness during the period that the moon and stars ruled the night, and this was called Te Poo Nui, Te Poo Roa and Te Poo Tamaku.

But suffice it to say, that the third arrangement gave rise to the separation of the darkness from the daylight, and they were called night and day.

The day was called the world of light.

The sun at the beginning of the year proceeds from Maaruaroa oo Te Takurua Hotoke towards the head of his ancestor the sky father, and when he reaches his shoulders he proceeds from Maaruaroa oo te Orongonui and returns to the legs of his ancestor.

Now if the flight of the sun, and moon is towards the head of Ranginui, that is the Warutuhoehoe, if directed towards the legs of Ranginui that is Takurua Waipu.

Te Pito o Ranginui is the boundary on their parent ancestor, and that is the demarcation between winter and summer –the equinoxes-.

Now the head of Ranginui is to the south, and his legs to the north.

This must also be clear; in reference to Whatu oo Te Whanau Puhi Ariki that have been mentioned; that is, Tamanui te Raa and Maarama i Whanake, and their younger brethren the stars.

Te Ahurangi , and Te Rangitaupiri are their Pou Tiri Ao.

It is they whom also regulate the moon.

Taane te Waananga a Rangi said, “let the moon regulate the high and low tides of lady ocean.”

Tupai a Tau added, “and let Tuahiwi oo Hine Moana regulate the great waves, in order that the descent may be easy on both sides.”

Tupai a Tau then advised Taane te Waananga a Rangi to appoint some stars to arrange and guide Tuahiwi oo Hine Moana, and assist the moon; this was done.

This also must be clearly understood: everything is Waahi of the heavens and the earth; there is nothing of which it can be said, it is of the earth alone or of the heavens alone; all things have been placed, each in its own position and after its own kind by them and their offspring the gods, and, hence it is we say all things emanate from them, the stars, the moon, the sun, all of these are Waahi of the earth and heaven.

It is the same in all the twelve heavens, just as has been said above; they have their stars, moon, and sun.

Each star, each moon, each sun in the twelve heavens has its own Pou Tiri Ao.

Everything is a world, a part of heaven and earth as explained.

Water is the cause of growth of all things; if there were no water, or the sea, everything would go wrong in the heavens, the stars, the moon, and the sun.

The coadjutor of the water is the sun, the moon, and the stars.

The clouds are the mist, the breath, the warmth of earth; for everything has heat and cold according to its kind.

Tamanui te Raa and Tawhirimatea send down the clouds and mists in the form of rain to refresh all things according to their kind, everything drinks water; there is water in all stars, the moon, and the sun.

Now in consequence of Io Taketake having so decreed, together with the Whatukura, in the world and the Poo as to the arrangement of the functions of all things, the company of Apa became the instruments, the guardians, the directors of all things in all the heavens and the planes; they became the overseers of the duties of all things in the moons, suns, and stars of each heaven, forming twelve heavens, each one of which has its own moon and stars and sun.

But in all these heavens the sun is outside of everything.

He is Kai Peehi of all things within the heavens; each of which have their worlds, their moons and their stars.

The head of all things, stars, moons, and suns, are the Whatukura of Toi oo Ngaa Rangituhaha, because the Apa are only laborers of the heavens, whilst the Pou Tiri Ao guard them least they deviate from their proper work or quarrel.

Maaramataka Te Poo

Now the best times for fishing are the three or four days preceding and following the new and full moons:-

Favorable For Fishing

1. Whiro – (Hina /New Moon)
2. Tirea
3. Hoata
4. Oue
5. Okoro

… … …

12. Maaure
13. Maawharu
14. Ohu
15. Atua
16. Oturu – ( Rona /Full Moon)
17. Rakau Matohi
18. Takirau
19. Oike

… … …

26. Tangaroa Whakapau
27. Oo Taane 
28. Oo Rongonui
29. Mauri
30. Mutuwhenua

Now the best time for planting are the four and three nights preceding and following the full moon:-

Favorable For Planting

12. Maaure
13. Maawharu
14. Ohu
15. Atua
16. Oturu – ( Rona /Full Moon) – Plant Kumara.
17. Rakau Matohi
18. Takirau
19. Oike

Huringa Puungao o Maaramataka Te Poo

Now the new moon is the time when intentions are set as Huringa Puungao build with the waxing moon.

The full moon is the time of culmination and fruition as Huringa Puungao decrease with the waning moon.

The times of Ihu Atamai and Ihu Werewere are when Huringa Puungao is in greatest fluctuation.

Solar eclipses happen at the new moon when the moon appears to cover the sun.

Lunar eclipses happen at the full moon when the earth stands between the moon and the sun.

Essentially Huringa Puungao associated with these events are intensified new and full moons.

Now it is that the moon rises and sets roughly in the same places as sun rise and sun set.

The new moon phenomena is created when the moon is just in front of the sun rising and setting at the same time as the sun.

‘The new moon cannot be seen for Hina layeth with Te Raa’.

The Mew Moon Almanacs 2005 – 2026

The Gregorian Annual System is when the new year starts in January 1st.

The Maaori Annual System is when the new year starts on the first New Moon in June.

Now it can be seen from the Almanac above that over the course of a twenty two year period there are nine extra New Moons that fall within seven out of twelve months.

This event creates what is known as the thirteenth month called Te Whakaahu o Maaramataka te Poo.

The first thing to understand about Te Whakaahu o Maaramataka te Poo is that these nine extra lunar months can not easily be reconciled within the traditional Gregorian Solar Calendar if at all.

When trying to reckon the Lunar and Solar cycles one must also bear in mind the issue of determining where the New Year actually starts.

In the Gregorian system the New Year starts on the first of January and all global time systems follow accordingly and as such creating a globally recognized practice of starting the New Year in January.

In the Maaori system the New Year starts in June and all Maaori time systems follow accordingly and as such creating a traditional practice of starting the New Year upon the New Moon in June.

It can now be seen that there is a difference of six month between the rival New Year start dates.

This has the effect that under the Gregorian system when 2020 starts the Maaori system will still be in 2019 and when 2020 does start within the Maaori system it will run into the first six months of 2021.

There was never a need to reconcile Maaramataka Te Raa with Maaramataka Te Poo as the additional observations of Maaramataka Ranginui and Maaramataka Papatuuaanuku kept everything in balance.

In the case of Te Whakaahu o Maaramataka te Poo it would not have been noticed by the average person and when it was acknowledge by Tohunga it was simply said the following seasons will come early and adjustments in gardening, hunting and gathering would be made naturally.

If Te Whakaahu o Maaramataka te Poo happened in January then it was said that Autumn is coming early.

If Te Whakaahu o Maaramataka te Poo happened in March or May then it was said that Winter is coming early.

If Te Whakaahu o Maaramataka te Poo happened in July or August then it was said that Spring is coming early.

If Te Whakaahu o Maaramataka te Poo happened in October or December it was said Autumn is coming early.

The regular cycle of twelve moons in twelve solar months per year was kept in place with the knowledge that certain seasons were going to be earlier than usual.

Maaramataka Ranginui


Te Pou o Hinenui te Poo

Te Pou of Hinenui te Poo consists of three parts which tell the story of how death finally defeated Maui.

Originally there was no death in the world until Hinenui severed Te Aho o Te Ao –which flows from Io Nui and returns to Io Nui– causing death to now enter the world.

Taane held the cord of life in Te Ao Maarama whilst Hinenui held the cord of death in Rarohenga.

Maui in his efforts to reconnect Te Aho o Te Ao perished in his attempt to bring eternal life once again into Te Ao Maarama and thus now forever remains fixed in union with Hinenui te Poo.

Hence he is seen as the base of the Pou and it is his feet that rest upon Takurua as his head and hands support Hinenui.

The second part of the Pou is Hinenui herself whom wears a headdress of Mania –the third part of the Pou– signifying her connections between the worlds of life and death.

Also she is seen wearing the belt Te Pou Wha o Te Whare Matariki.

Te Pou o Hinenui te Poo is a sacred celestial alignment of stars that can be seen resting upon its side in the eastern skies at the time of Matariki rising in July.

Matariki me Te Pou o Hinenui te Poo

When Te Pou is seen in June it’s feet are seen resting upon Takura with its crown reaching into Matariki.

Upon its forehead is seen Tawera and upon its throat is Kookoouri whilst in the womb is seen Tuuhunga o Rupe –Tautoru-.

It can also be seen in the western skies around mid to late May upright and upside down signaling the disappearance of Matariki from our skies before it reappears in July.

Te Pou o Hinenui te Poo seen in the Western skies in late May

When seen in May the Pou is upright and upside down with Takurua seen at the top and Tuuhunga o Rupe sitting upright upon the western horizon with Kookoouri, Tawera and Matariki below the horizon.

The significance of these two positioning of Te Pou symbolize Hinenui gathering Ngaa Tinana Wairua Mate and the eventual releasing of them from Rarohenga into Matariki which is seen as the home of Io Nui.

When Te Pou is seen in the west Hinenui is gazing the entirety of Rarohenga calling Ngaa Tinana Wairua Mate to her whereby she carries them in her womb to be released up unto Io Nui upon the rising of Matariki in the east.

It is via this process that life continues to be refreshed anew.


Tuuhunga o Rupe in the time of Matariki

Tuuhunga o Rupe –Tautoru– is a line of three stars forming a perch upon which the Kereru Rupe can be seen rising in the east at the time of Matariki.

It was Rupe –the elder brother of Maui– whom ascended the heavens in search of his sister Hina.

His original name was Ru but in order to ascend the heavens he transformed himself into a Kereru.

As Rupe sits upon his perch conversing with Puanga, Te Taonga Ngaro o Ru can be seen resting under his right wing.

Te Taonga Ngaro o Ru symbolizes the loss Ru suffered when his siblings departed from him and their homelands and brought their deceased younger brother Maui to rest within Hikurangi ki Tairaawhiti, Aotearoa.

It is only in his form of Rupe upon Te Tuuhunga o Rupe that all the brothers be reunited once every year.

Another name for Taonga Ngaro o Ru is Te Waka Nukutaimemeha –the funeral waka that carried Maui to these shores-.


Te Matau a Maui in the time of Matariki

Te Matau a Maui is the fishing hook used by Maui when fishing up Aotearoa.

After lowering his hook into the waters it eventually caught upon Te Whare o Mahutonga which was then dragged up to the surface by Maui forming Aotearoa.

The true meaning of this is that when the body of Maui was brought to Aotearoa it was by quoting the Whakapapa of Murirangawhenua –use of his grandmothers jawbone as a fishing hook– that the Tangata Whenua knew their relative thus allowing him to be interred within Hikurangi and his brothers with their families to remain in Aotearoa among the Tangata Whenua.

In following times another named Mahutonga –a grandson of Toi te Huatahi and brother to Raurunui and Whatonga– established a Whare Waangana within Tairaawhiti which housed Te Kite o Maui of which Te Matau a Maui was placed therein.


Te Kaahu a Maui

Te Kaahu a Maui is seen in the southern skies and forms part of the southern constellations.

It rises from the South-East and for half the night it loops upwards to hover above the south then as dawn approaches it circles back down setting in the south west keeping Marere o Tonga ever close to his right wing.

This is Maui fleeing from his grandmother Murirangawhenua after descending into Rarohenga to fetch fire for his people.

It is his continual circling of the south pole which keeps the fires renewed within Te Ao Maarama.

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