Death, or a personified form of misfortune. In one version of Māori cosmogenic mythology, he is the firstborn son of Rangi and Papa.

The word aituā means evil omen, bad luck, unlucky, a misfortune: He aitua to taua; i hiki taku karakia.



  • Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, p. 177.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 6.