The dwelling of the Ponaturi. The country they inhabited was underneath the waters, but they had a large house on the dry land to which they resorted to sleep at night. They had slain Hema and carried off his wife, Urutonga, and made her doorkeeper for their house. Hema's bones they hung up inside under its high sloping roof. Their son Tāwhaki destroyed the Ponaturi, and, after taking down his father's bones, burned down the house, along the bodies of the Ponaturi.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, pp. 37 ff.