A man who, coming to New Zealand from Hawaiki, brought the kumara (sweet potato), and shared it with the people of the country. They induced him to return in order to get more. This visitor bringing the kumara is said to have been Rongo-u-tua, in appearance like the rainbow.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 114.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:98 ff., 104, 114.

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