A goblin in human shape, inhabiting Lake Taupō. He is a decoy for Horomatangi, a tāniwha, and is therefore to be feared in the dusk of the evening, at which time it is his habit to paddle about in a specter canoe, and visit the several kaingas on the edge of the lake.



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  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 29.