The name of the ancestor of the Ngāti-ira tribe. He was a son of Ue-nuku, a great chief of the East Cape. Ira was fed on the heart of his mother Taka-rita, after she had been killed for committing adultery.
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 107.