The tutelary deity or father of fish. One version says that he was the son of Punga, the son of Tangaroa, the lord of the ocean. He fled with his children the fish, to the sea, to escape the wrath of Tāwhiri-mā-tea. Another legend states that Ika-tere was the son of Whatitiri and Tū-te-wanawana. He was brother of Ruahine, the god of eels.



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