Rangi (Sky Father) and Papa (Earth Mother) are locked together in a tight embrace. They have many children who are forced to live between them in darkness. As a result the children grow angry.
The children begin to divide Rangu and Papa but soon realise the task is too hard and they fail in their attempts. They continue to live in darkness, unhappy.
Tāne decided that he would try something different. He placed his shoulders on the Papa and his feet on Rangi and separated them.
Once their parents had been separated, the children were so happy that they finally got to see the light and there is a clear distinction between Sky and Earth.
Rangi and Papa were both sad that they had been separated. One of their children, Tāwhirimātea is mad that they were separated and cannot bear the listen to their tears.
Tāne wanted to fins clothes for Rangi and so found him the stars, the moon and the sun. Rangi and Papa continue to this day to grieve for each other. This can be seen in the tears that fall from heaven and the breaking of the earth when Papa tries to get back to Rangi.