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Māhu-tū Play

1. (personal noun) a place below the horizon where Matariki (Pleiades) disappears to at the end of the Māori year. Matariki was said to visit four places, each for seven nights. The fourth place visited was Tītore-māhu-tū, or Māhu-tū.

Ko Matariki kei Papa-whakatangitangi, e whitu ngā pō ki reira ka tae ki Māhu-tū, ka tae tēnei ki ngā pō o Tangaroa, ko te tekau mā ono tēnei o ngā rā o Hune, ka puta ake i te hiku o Te Mangōroa (TTT 1/6/1922:10). / The Pleiades is at Papa-whakatangitangi for seven nights and then arrives at Māhu-tū and this is the night of Tangaroa, the 16th of June, when it appears in the tail of the Milky Way.

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