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In the beginning there was only the darkness, Te Ponui, Te Poroa (the Great Night, the Long Night).
At last, in the void of empty space, a glow appeared, the moon and the sun sprang forth and the heavens were made light.
Their children were vexed that they could not see, and argued among themselves as to how night and day might be made manifest.
Rongo (god of cultivated food) and Tangaroa (god of the sea) did all they could, and the belligerent Tumatauenga cut and hacked. Finally it was Tane Mahuta who by thrusting with his mighty feet gradually lifted the anguished Rangi away from the agonised Papa. Heartbroken, Rangi shed an immense quantity of tears, so much so that the oceans were formed.
Tawhiri then turned his rage on Tangaroa (god of the sea) who sought refuge in the depths of the ocean.
But as Tangaroa fled his many grandchildren were confused, and while the fish made for the seas with him, the lizards and reptiles hid among rocks and the battered forests. His grandchildren had deserted him and were sheltering in the forests.
As they held it still, Maui with the enchanted jawbone cruelly smashed the sun's face time and time again, until it was so feeble that it could but creep across the sky - and continues so to do to this very day.
Maui's brothers, weary of seeing their younger brother catch fish by the kit full when they could barely hook enough to feed their families, usually tried to leave him behind when they went fishing.
Tawhiri (god of wind and storm), who had opposed his brothers in the venture, was fearful that Papa would become too beautiful, and followed his father to the realm above.