The name of a celebrated female tāniwha, or water monster. She was the mother of all great water monsters, among whom Mangamuka, Ohopā, Orirā, Waihou, Waima, and Wairere. Ārai-te-uru and Taungeri are the guardians of Hokianga Bay.
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 19.