The deity or Lord of the (esculent) Fern-root, and of all food growing wild: as Rongo-ma-tāne was Lord of the kumara (sweet potato) and all cultivated plants. Haumia was a son of Rangi and Papa, and assented to the rending apart of his parents; for this he was exposed to the fury of his brother Tāwhiri-mā-tea, the Lord of Tempests, who would have slain Haumia but that he was hidden in the breast of his mother, Papa (the Earth). Haumia's brothers were Tū-matauenga, Tāwhiri-mā-tea, and Tangaroa.

By another legend, Haumia was the son of Tama-nui-a-rangi, who was the son of Rangi and Hekeheke-i-papa.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 7.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 54.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. i:20.

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