Ihuatamai and Ihuwareware

Ihuatamai and Ihuwareware were two brothers found the body of Hina when stranded on the shore at Wairarwa after her long swim in the ocean. Hina became the wife of the two brothers, but was delivered up by them to their lord, Tinirau, the lord of fishes, a child of Tangaroa, who made her his wife.

They are also mentioned in the celebrated birth-incantation of Hine-i-te-iwaiwa:

Tu i tou tia me ko Ihuwareware,
Tu i tou kona me ko Ihuatamai.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 49.
  • Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, p. 110.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 102.

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