"Chirrup." Koroti ("Chirrup") and Nuku ("Distance") were two priests, who were journeying together from Taranaki to Waikato. When passing through the Hunua forest, Chirrup made a pun about "distance," and Distance a pun upon "chirrup"; these jokes were taken as curses of the kind called tapa-tapa. The men grew so angry that each called on his god to interfere, and the gods, annoyed with the foolish quarrel, turned one into a rimu tree, the other into a matai tree, and their dog into a mound of earth.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 173.
  • White, John. (1885). "Maori Customs and Superstitions." In T. W. Gudgeon, History and Doings of the Maoris from 1820 to 1840. Auckland: Brett, pp. 97-225, p. 136.

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