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No. 71 (1973)
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Hinenui cried sorrowfully to Tane, “Return to the world of light to foster our children, whilst I remain here to draw them to me.” Tane, returning thence, was benighted on the wide pathway to be accommodated by Daughter of the Light; there he saw above him the Children of Lightning shining forth from above and asked of Heneateao, “Would I be permitted to take those myriad stars to adorn my father Rangi?” Permission was given. Tane decided to rest first and then retrieve them. So he slept and awoke only to find standing there his younger brother Wehinuiamamao with the captured stars. These were Challenge the Stealthy and Challenge the Interceptor to preside over the winter. Challenge the Calm and Peaceful to preside over the summer, and Rigel to preside over the spring, the time for growing food.

When Rigel was captured, Rehua saw what a beautiful woman she was, so he went and took her as his wife, and there were born their eldest children, Puawananga, Puahou and Taumate, all beautiful flowers. The favourite of Rigel and antares was puawananga. according to one dialect, to another Poananga. and to another Pikiarero.

The Atiawa at Waiwhetu and Pito-one have more to sat about Rigel. Above us at waiwhetu stands a mountain called Pukeatua (Sacred Hill). In the early morning of June 21st, the first day of the Maori calender, Rigel appears with its perch, an accompanying cloud. standing above Pukeatua. This is her sign: should her perch be below Rigel, the signs are good for cropping, but should the perch be above her, the; season will be lean, so the Atiawa people have their saying: “Look towards the sacred Hill, to Rigel and her perch.” There is quite a story in connection with this name Puawananga.

There is a family of trees, junior to the Puawananga, whose family name is the Aka. According to mythology and legends, the correct time for them to bloom, and also