In the beginning was the void,
yet which was not nothing
Te Kore - the void
TeKore-te-Whiwhia - the void that endured
Te Kore-te-Rawea - the void without feeling
and further voids
voids filled with power and energy.
On these the first components of the universe combined and created
Te Po - the everlasting darkness
Te Po-Nui - the great night
Te Po-Roa - the endless night
Te Po-Kitea - the unfathomable night
Te Po-Uriuri - the night of deep intensity
Te Po-Tiwhatiwha - the great darkness
Te Po-Tangotango - the eternal darkness
and so forth tenfold, hundredfold, thousandfold.
From Te Po this Ultimate Darkness, so intense that it was palpable there came a severing, a shift, a movement and awareness within the darkness. From that void arose sky and earth, which were still one.