A famous native dog, or breed of dogs. Mohorangi was brought to New Zealand in the canoe Mangarara, by Tarawhata, and was put on Whanga-o-Keno Island. Later on, this dog was seen by Pō-nui-a-hine, the daughter of Kai-awa; but she not having gone through the proper religious ceremonies, and daring to look with unveiled eyes upon the sacred dog, was turned into a grasshopper.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 248.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 2:192.

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