One of the canoes in which the ancestors of the Māori people came from Hawaiki to New Zealand. Rongo-mai was the commander of this canoe, but he was drowned, and his body eaten by the araara (Trevally) fish, since held sacred by his descendants, the Ngapuhi and Rarawa tribes.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, pp. 20, 194.

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