A chief lady in the ancient canoe, Tainui. She was one of the wives of Hotu-roa, the canoe's commander. Her enchantments (or adultery with a slave) caused the canoe to be unable to pass for a time across the Tamaki portage. Another of Hotu-roa's wives, more learned in magic and incantations than Marama-kiko-hura, chanted forth an incantation far more powerful, and at once the canoe started moving again.



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