A chief dwelling at Whangarei Heads. He quarrelled with his wife, and kicked her. A slave interceded, and was also kicked; so was the dog of the chief. The gods interfered, and changed chief, wife, and dog into stone (the rocky hills at Whangarei Heads).



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  • 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. 138.

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