A person whose name is met with in a singular sentence of tradition. Tūna, the eel god, was met by Tāwhaki in one of the lower heavens, Tūna coming down because of drought above; and his appearance is described in the sentence: Kawa and Maraenui were hanging on Tūna's forehead like veils (Ko te Kawa, ko Maraenui e mau mai ana ki te rae o Tuna, e koparetia ana).



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 140.
  • Wohlers, J. F. H. (1875). "Mythology and Tradition of the Maori." New Zealand Institute, Transactions 7:3-53, pp. 19, 24.

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