Te Kanawa was a chief of Waikato, who, sleeping on the hill called Pukemoremore, was surrounded by a troop of patupaiarehe. He was very frightened, and offered his jewels (ornaments) to them, but they only took away the shadows of the jewels, and left the substance with him. They vanished at daybreak.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 183.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 122.

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