The name of a tribe of tāniwha found at Kawhia. They number fifteen and are, with the exception of one, Ngatarutu, of kindly disposition. They are said to save all those from drowning who call upon them in the orthodox manner. Their dwelling-place is at Te Mahoe, on the Wai-harakeke arm of the harbor, and it is related that those who have had occasion to pass by that place in their canoes have heard a noise like the shutting of a door.



  • Gudgeon, W. E. (1905). "Maori Superstition." Journal of the Polynesian Society 14:167-193, p. 191.