Volume 1: Introduction; 1. Introduction. The ancient houses of teaching. The Whare-wananga, and its methods. The Po, or ages, or aeons of darkness. The months, etc. The Whare-maire. The Whare-porukuruku; 2. The Sage's warning and admonition to this and succeeding generations. The philosophy of the Whare-wananga: the nature of matter, etc., of the Pou-titi-ao, or Guardian Spirits. Io-matua, the Supreme God. The temple named Kawaiki; 3. The names of the Heavens. The marriage of Heaven and Earth. Creation of the Gods. The ages of darkness, or chaos. The separation of Heaven and Earth. The Apas, or Messengers of the Gods. The Gods separate their dwelling-places. The sanctification of Tane. The first temple built on Earth. Tane ascends to the uppermost Heaven. Tane's new names. Tane and Io. The three baskets and two stones. Tane returns to Earth. The Guardian Spirits are appointed. The Wars of the Gods. The overturning of Mother-Earth. The order of creation. Creation of the 'spark of life' in Man; 4. Creation of the germ of life in Man. The Pedigree of Man. Hine-nui-te-Po, goddess of Hades. Whakaru-au-moko, god of volcanic phenomena; Whiro, god of evil. Some functions of the other Gods; 5. The Po, or ages of darkness. Astronomical notes. The months and days. More astronomical notes; 6. Introduction. Maui's visit to Hades, Maui and the great fire. Maui, the fisher-up of lands. The overturning by Mataaho. Mataora's visit to Hades. The origin of tattooing; Index. Volume 2: 1. The Fatherland Irihia. Migration from there to Tawhiti-roa. The Uruao canoe. Was Tama-rereti identical with Hawaii-loa? Ancient Indian vessels; 2. The migration to Tawhiti-nui. Te Irapanga-nui sails across the North Pacific to Oahu. Migration to Tahiti; 3. The discovery of New Zealand by Kupe as related by Te Matorohanga; 4. The Tangata-whenua of New Zealand; 5. The migration of Toi-te-huatahi to New Zealand; 6. The coming of Manaia to New Zealand; 7. Kahu goes to the Chatham Islands. Te Uru-o-Manono. The canoes of the migration from Hawaiki. Kahu-koka returns to Hawaiki; 8. Doings in Tahiti shortly before the fleet left for New Zealand, circa, 1350; 9. The coming of 'Takitimu' canoe to New Zealand; 10. The coming of 'Takitimu' canoe to New Zealand continued; 11. The reason why details of the other canoes are not here given. Of Toi-te-hautahi. 'Tainui' and 'Te Arawa' canoes. The Migration of Tara-pounamu. The Ngati-Awa tribe; 12. Turanga-i-mua and Tane-roa. Ngati-Awa migrate to the West Coast. Ngati-Mamoe migrate to the South Island; 13. The expedition of Turanga-i-mua to the North; 14. The heavenly Whare-wananga. The Whare-kura at O-akura. Tama-ahua and Raumati. The burning of 'Te Arawa' canoe. Tara, of Ngai-Tara and Timuaki; Index.
This account of Maori traditions, dictated by elders in the 1850s, was published with an English translation in 1913-15.