Hinenuitepo - Goddess of the Night /// There is only one female god in Maori Legend. She is the daughter of Tane Mahuta, god of the Forest and Birds, and Hineahuone, woman made from earth. Today She is known as Hinenuitepo but she began life as Hinetitama, the Dawn Maiden.
Faced with too short days and long nights Maui comes up with a plan to slow the sun's passage through the sky. With the help of his brothers, Maui sets out for the home of the sun to catch it and make it move more slowly.
How Maui Fished Up The North and South Islands (Maori Version). In the Editor's Note to the Patricia Grace's novel Potiki, Vilsoni Hereniko explains that "Potiki" has two meanings: youngest child, who in this novel, is Tokowaru-i-te-Marama (Toko) and Maui-Potiki, the demigod Maui-tikitiki-a-Taranga. Some of the events of Maui-Potiki parallel those of Toko. Familiarize yourself with the myth before reading Part One of the novel.