One of the canoes in which the ancestors of the Māori people came from Hawaiki to New Zealand. This canoe would appear to have arrived prior to the others, since Turi found the immigrants already settled upon the Aotea arriving at Waitara. They were ancestors of tribes dwelling at Waimate and Patea. Manaia is said to have discovered and killed aborigines at Waitara, when he came in the Tokomaru; perhaps these were the descendants of the crew of the Arikimaitai.



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  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 20.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 2:177.

This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.