When the Ponaturi emerged from the water to their house, Mānawa-tāne, the Kanae, or Mullet, came with them. In revenge for the death of their father Hema, Tāwhaki and Karihi slew the Ponaturi but the Kanae escaped by its leaping power, and got back to the sea.



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  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 122.