A celebrated stone axe, lost for many years but miraculously recovered in 1888. The axe was supposed to have been brought to New Zealand by Turi, the navigator, and to have descended to him from the great god Tāne. The axe was used to shape the props of earth and sky.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 36.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 1:161.