Maori Religion and Mythology Part 2
The first mentioned of these personified forms, Tawhirimatea, is the principal one, a son of Rangi and Papa, as also was Tawhiri-rangi, but the latter is seldom alluded to. Rakamaomao is connected with wind in Polynesian isles, and in New Zealand the south wind is called "the child of Rakamao mao"! Tahu-makaka-nui represents the west wind, Tahu-mawakenui the east wind, Paraweranui the south wind, and Hurunuku also known as Hurunuku-atea, the north wind, these being quite distinct from the ordinary names of the four winds. Ahumairangi is said to represent a rotary wind, but the name is little known. The long list of names commencing with Titi represents the numerous Wind Children said to be the offspring of Tawhiri-matea and Paraweranui, daughter of Tonganui-kaea. Pohuhu of Wairarapa gives a similar list of names in which the prefixed Titi is replaced by Te Apu, as Te Apu-matangi-nui, etc. The Chatham Islands Rangimaomao represents Rakamaomao of the Maori, but at Samoa La'amao-mao is the rainbow.