A man beloved by Whaitiri (Thunder). She was fond of human flesh, and, deceived by the name (Kai-tangata, "man eater") came to him and became his wife. On his marriage with Whaitiri he was given the name Awa-nui-a-rangi.

He was the father of Hema, and grandfather of Tāwhaki.



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  • Wohlers, J. F. H. (1875). "Mythology and Tradition of the Maori." New Zealand Institute, Transactions 7:3-53, pp. 15, 41.