When Tāwhirimātea made war against his brothers after they separated Rangi and Papa (sky father and earth mother, ancestors of all gods), Ikatere and Tū-te-wehiwehi had to flee, and Ikatere fled to the sea and became an ancestor of fishes, while Tū-te-wehiwehi took refuge in the forest and fathered lizards.
Before Tū-te-wehiwehi and Ikatere fled, they disputed together as to what they should do to escape from the storms.
- Grey 1971:1–5
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